Homes at Heart hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday season and start to the new year. As you begin to come down from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this is the perfect time to give your home its holiday present of a thorough cleaning. There a quite a few things to mark off your post-holiday cleaning checklist from cleaning your holiday decorations to making sure your bathrooms are fully stocked.

Homes at Heart is here to give families and households in Medicine Hat a list of things everyone should look out for.

The Winter holiday festivities can leave behind quite a mess throughout your home. Post-holiday cleaning ensures your start off your year on the right foot. Your home will be safe and comfortable with a clean slate.

Let’s check off the items on this post-holiday cleaning checklist and kick off 2023 with a freshly cleaned home!

  • Decorations
  • Storing Decorations
  • Tables, Bookshelves and Countertops
  • Carpet
  • Area Rugs
  • Fridge
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Bathrooms

Holiday Decorations

Holiday decorations are a staple of the season. These decorations can create a warm and festive atmosphere for hosting our families, friends, and staff if you have a business. When cleaning up after the holidays, it should be no surprise that these items should be the first thing on our checklist. When cleaning your way through your post-holiday cleaning checklist, it is important to do more than simply pack up and store them.

Prior to putting away your seasonal decorations, it is important to take a few minutes and give each decoration a thorough dusting and wiping. Doing this in advance will save you time when the holidays come around again and will prevent any staining or harm from occurring. Since wreaths and garlands are particularly prone to collecting dust, it is especially essential to make sure these items are spotless before storing them away.

Storing Decorations

Make sure that you properly pack and store your items after taking the time to clean the. Apart from preventing any damage or other issues when unpacking the decorations for the next season, you can also make to label the boxes so they aren’t missed place during the year. Make sure that the lights and garland are nicely put away; no one wants to untangle them the following December! Fragile decorations should be wrapped and packed with care. Wreaths and other outdoor decorations should be covered and placed in safe areas. Protecting your decorations will guarantee that your family can enjoy them for years to come.

Tables, Bookshelves and Countertops

During the holidays, there is more than just decorations that can pile up on your tables and countertops. If not taken care of, cards, gifts and other festive items can accumulate. After you have stowed away your decorations, it is important to make sure all surfaces in your home are thoroughly wiped down. This is a great opportunity to clean glass surfaces with whatever cleaner you like best and wipe down other areas to take off any dirt or dust.


How does glitter manage to get everywhere? Your carpets are in much need of attention after the holidays. This is the perfect time to deep clean your carpets while you are cleaning your area rugs. Higher traffic, holiday decoration debris and accidents might be the only holiday presents your carpets receive.

Rather than taking the DIY approach to renting a carpet cleaning machine, you can also consult with a professional cleaner. If you opt for self-cleaning, shift all of your furniture and clean your carpets with the rented equipment. If you intend to clean your carpets annually, following the holidays is an ideal time to start off the new year on a fresh note.

Area Rugs

Area rugs can be a magnet for messes during the holidays. They can accumulate dirt from increased footfall, bits of food, and any remnants from presents or decorations. Giving your area rugs a thorough clean after the holidays is highly recommended and should be top of mind. When there’s no chance of rain, take your rugs outside to shake and brush away any hair or debris. For carpets that are particularly grimy, professional carpet cleaning services or renting a carpet cleaner might be worth considering.

Don’t let those pesky glitter and pine needles stick around like the snow outside.


Kitchens are the heart of the home and a central gathering place for many holiday parties. It should be no surprise that there are several appliances we should check off our post-holiday deep clean checklist. The heart of any kitchen is the fridge. From preserving leftovers to having prepared dishes ready for upcoming gatherings, refrigerators are the centerpiece of the kitchen. Beginning with taking out all food items and discarding expired edibles. Once everything has been removed, clean all racks, compartments, and drawers with soapy water and let them air dry. Place all food items back in order and appreciate a spotless and neat refrigerator for the year ahead.


Stovetops take a beating during the holiday season. All the time preparing and reheating holiday meals can do a number on your stovetop. It is important to deep clean the surface to prevent any stains or hard set in grime.

Apply your favorite cleaning solution and allow the solution to break down any stains or grime. Wipe the surface with warm water, then dry to remove any excess moisture.


During the festive season, you do an increased amount of cooking and baking compared to other times of the year. Unless you’re a pastry-maker all year round, that’s great! Ovens can come under heavy strain during Christmas baking and meal preparations. Adding them to your post-Christmas deep cleaning list limits the chances of bad smells or marks settling in. Some ovens have a self-cleaning facility, but for those that don’t, they should be cleaned like stovetops. Put cleaning solutions on and let them act on any stains or food residue before wiping it away.


Many hands make light work! That’s what the dishwasher is when it comes to cleaning up after a wonderful dinner! It is essential to look after your dishwasher following the holidays. Clogging pipes due to food waste can be avoided by taking out and completely cleaning the filters of your dishwasher. There are a variety of cleaning products available for use on dishwashers. Utilizing these detergents and running an empty dishwasher at a high temperature will give you the best results.


If you are the host of a festive celebration or family members are staying for an extended period, your bathrooms will undoubtedly see more use. Along with tackling your post-holiday tidying up, give your bathrooms a thorough clean. This involves scrubbing all surfaces, appliances, and lavatories whilst replenishing any absent items. Taking the time to do a full clean and being prepared with supplies will make sure you’re ready for any further guests and prevent any unwelcome aromas from developing.


For any cleaning services in Medicine Hat, feel free to contact Homes At Heart to see how our team of cleaning professionals can best serve you.

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