Happy Holidays from myself and the rest of the San Bernardino County Stormwater Program! This is a great season for spending time with loved ones and enjoying the festivities of the season. It can go by rather quickly and in a few weeks, you might find yourself thinking of how to clean up in time for the new year. While it might be too early to start tackling the cleanup, here are a few simple tips on decluttering your home once the holidays are over.
- Bye-bye Christmas trees
For those that have a Christmas tree, all you need to do is place it outside on the curb and the San Bernardino Waste Management department will pick it up for recycling. The collection will be done for the first two weeks after Christmas giving you the perfect incentive to do your cleaning early.
- In with the new, Out with the old
Use all the gifts you received and hours spent shopping as motivation for removing old items. Gifted a new pair of shoes? Consider donating a pair to make room for the new ones. Even better, do a huge overhaul of your closet and make donation piles with all the clothes and shoes you have not worn in 6 months. If you haven’t worn them in that long, it’s likely that you won’t wear them again.
- Double-check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Did you know that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once a month? In fact, the United States Fire Administration recommends that batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year. Pressing the test button can help you figure out if the alarm unit is working properly. Give yourself one more gift this year by replacing the batteries in your alarm units with new ones. This could potentially save you and your family’s lives in the case of an emergency. Don’t forget to take your old alarms and batteries to an HHW facility near you!
Do you have more ideas on how to declutter after the holidays? Post a comment below. Wishing you a joyous holiday and a happy New Year!
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