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Christmas chaos can take over all aspects of our lives, especially our homes. Award-winning Landlord Insurance provider Just Landlords gives its top tips on clearing your property when Christmas is over…

Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord or tenant, you’re sure to face a shake-up in your property over the next few weeks, with heaps of presents, food and relatives to contend with. But when it’s all done and dusted, how can you get your home back to normal?

With these top tips, you’ll be well on your way to starting 2018 in a comfortable and clutter-free way (and you may help someone else along the way):

Organise your new additions

You and your family are sure to receive lots of presents over the Christmas period, big and small. When looking at them all, it can feel overwhelming, and you may panic that you have nowhere to put them.

Firstly, make sure that all presents are separated into whichever room they’re supposed to end up in. This way, the piles won’t seem so large! Then, look through and work out whether these new gifts are replacing older items, or whether they’re in addition to what you already have in that room.

If they’re replacing older objects, you can donate these pieces to charity. If it’s not a lot of stuff you can drop it off. But if they are bulky items, or there’s plenty of stuff, donate it via the Gone for Good app (named as one of the “Apps of 2017” by Apple) for your chosen charity to come and pick it up. Often it’s a good idea to club everyone’s throwaways together, so that your chosen charity can collect them all in one go.

If you haven’t got enough stuff to be collected, Gone for Good’s “Easy Drop-Off” functionality can point you to a charity shop with parking nearby where you can drop it off yourself.

Get rid of duplicates or unwanted gifts

It’s inevitable that, come Christmas morning, you’ll open a gift and be a little disappointed – either because it’s most definitely not you, or you’ve just opened one exactly the same from someone else.

If you receive any duplicate presents or unwanted gifts, there are sure to be many people out there that would be incredibly grateful for them. Some people rely on charity shops for presents or personal items, so they’re fantastic places to donate to.

Keep everything in a good condition and organise other family members’ unwanted gifts too, so that you can donate your items through the Gone for Good app (charities are more likely to come and collect a larger number of goods).

Have a clear out

As we approach the New Year, it’s the perfect time to get prepared for whatever 2018 is going to bring. And that starts in our homes. Whether you’re looking to move home, sell or let your property, or simply want a clear out, start when Christmas is over.

When the dust has settled and you’ve arranged all of your new presents and inevitable leftover food and drink, you can clearly assess how much space you have and what you want to do with it. The New Year is an ideal time to have a thorough clean and tidy of your place.

If you decide to treat yourself to some new clothes or interior items in the January sales, remember that you can donate clothing, furniture and household appliances to a charity of your local choice through Gone for Good.

We hope that you have a lovely Christmas period and a happy, healthy start to 2018.