Traditionally, Boxing Day was when tradesmen collected “Christmas boxes” of money or presents as thanks for good service throughout the year. Today, Boxing Day is a day spent with family, shopping the sales – or cleaning up.

And a quiet day at home after all the festivities is the perfect time to clean up a bit, says the house cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID.

Here's a guide:

  • Recycle what you can!  Cardboard boxes can be recycled, and why not smooth and fold up wrapping paper that hasn't been torn apart and box up bows that are still in tip top shape for next year. A much loved activity for children is to cut up Christmas cards into shapes that can be used as gift tags for next year's presents. Or, they can create holiday bookmarks from larger cards.
  • Did you receive new clothes? Rather than finding new hangers, see if you can donate some of your old clothes and use the hangers they were on to keep closet clutter down and help those in need.
  • Did your kids receive lots of new toys?   Do a quick sweep of toys in the toy box and in your kids' rooms. Package up toys your kids have out grown and donate them to children in need.
  • Give the house a quick clean  in the run-up to the New Year, to pick up those cookie crumbs and to clean the marks on the kitchen floor from the dozens of people traipsing through the kitchen.

Of course, if you'd rather spend your time doing something you love, call MOLLY MAID for a helping hand.