There’s wrapping paper, ribbon and packing peanuts everywhere. Anyone who has ever been a child knows that Christmas morning can quickly escalate into a gift-opening frenzy. Your once neat and tidy living room now looks like a moose got loose in Santa’s workshop.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. We have a few invaluable tips to help to contain all of your Christmas Day scraps. That way, you can spend more time bonding with your children and less time picking up after them!
Garbage Goal – Start by opening the largest boxed present first. Then use the box to collect all of the garbage. Make it a game by crumpling your wrapping paper into a ball and shooting it into the box.
Leaning Box Tower – Make a game out of stacking empty boxes into a cardboard tower. Take turns as you alternate opening gifts. If you knock it over you get a strike. Once all the gifts are opened, the person with the most strikes is put on recycling duty.
Note on Recycling – You can recycle cardboard boxes and plastic packaging, but not all recycling centers accept wrapping paper. Wrapping paper is often dyed and laminated. We recommend calling your local recycling center to find out what is and is not accepted.
Ornamental Origami – Crumpled wrapping paper takes up way more space than folded paper. If you have a lot of presents under your tree, get everyone to fold their paper after they open each gift. You can be extra resourceful by saving and reusing paper that’s not torn to shreds.
Santa Sack – Pass around a large trash bag so the kids can discard their trash as they’re opening gifts. Call it “Santa’s Sack” to avoid looking like a complete neat freak. You can even order red trash liners if you really want to go all out!
Make the Kids Clean – We saved the best tip for last: Make your kids clean up their mess! They should be used to this already. If you make a mess, clean it up. The fact that it’s Christmas shouldn’t mean otherwise. In fact, they should show their appreciation for all the wonderful gifts they just opened by tidying up the house. Therefore, “no playing with toys until this room is spotless!”
These are just a few creative way to contain all the paper scraps, ribbons, bows and boxes. If you have any more Christmas Day cleaning tips, we would love to hear about them in the comments below. And if these aren’t working for you, contact your local Molly Maid or read these tips for cleaning up after the holidays.