The big party is over! And now it’s time to clean up the remnants of the a-fabulous-time-was-had-by-all! A party or big gathering can be a blast but it can also wreak havoc on your home. I’m not talking about the kind of mess from Animal House, but let’s face it… parties, holidays or big family gatherings can leave us with a bit of a mess on our hands! No worry, we can get our homes back in before-party shape easily if we have a plan! Here are 10 fabulous tips for cleaning up after a big gathering! Perfect post for cleaning up after Christmas guests!
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I’m digging through the archives to bring you a very revelant post. Today’s is fabulous advice for cleaning up after Christmas or New Years!!!! Let’s begin….
When Bobby and I were younger we could stay up until 4:am getting our home in tip-top shape after a night of fun. But those days are over! If our parties end late into the evening, once everyone is gone we put away the essentials, soak the dishes and head for bed. It’s much easier to wake up in the am, grab a big cup of coffee and divide and conquer!
Here’s what we do now. It’s really a whole lot smarter!
LET EVERYONE LEND A HELPING HAND
The number one rule for getting your home back in order quickly after a big party, family reunion, holiday or entertaining any large group of people is… IF SOMEONE ASKS TO HELP, LET THEM! I’m not sure why a hostess would turn down an extra set of hands. Make cleaning up a party in itself. Dance, have a libation and everyone will want to get in on the fun!
Can a helpful guest go from room to room picking up used glasses, plates, and napkins? Can they help put food away after a big meal? Can they put chairs back under the correct tables? This is so so important! Especially if hosting a family gathering. The more informal and better you know your guests the more you can ask them to do if they offer!
Don’t be shy about this. People ask because they want to help!
I don’t ask a guest to do the dishes or put dishes in the dishwasher. But, if they want to help bring dishes from the table after eating I ask them to stack them on the side of the sink.
Most guests are so willing to help and enjoy the camaraderie of a little cleaning up together!
If your gathering includes your yard for games, like ours does, enlist the kiddos in the group to help clean up the bocce balls or find and collect the whiffle balls and bats and bases!
Just remember people you invite into your home are your guests. Let those who ask do something but don’t put them to work until everything is done!
Here’s a great idea I use often for big parties, I hire a couple of responsible teenagers to help me keep things cleaned up. It’s a win/win!
My mom comes and helps out when I have a party. She’s a great help and she loves being involved. And she is absolutely free!
I’m sure you will know what’s appropriate for each large gathering.
INACT THE DISH PAN RULE
This should only be used for family gatherings and for big dinners like Thanksgiving etc. To find out how to make your major holidays with family so much simpler to clean up click HERE. This is probably the best tip you will ever get when it comes to cleaning up!
We just had 12 for Christmas for five days. And EVERYONE pitched in. My house looks almost as nice as when the came! This works because when we are guests at their home we do the same.
WORK ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME FIRST
When we have big gatherings and people spread out all over the inside and outside of my home I ALWAYS start to get the inside of my home back in working shape and then concentrate on the outside.
PUT AWAY ALL FOOD FIRST
Do this sooner than later. And make sure to share the wealth. If you have lots of leftovers let people take some home! Keep fun Chinese food containers on hand to put leftovers in! Refrigerate or put away all other food.
If you are freezing leftovers wrap them in foil and put them in a freezer zip-type bag. And don’t forget to label what is inside.
PICK UP ALL DINNERWARE THAT BELONGS IN THE KITCHEN
Before I do any serious straightening up after my guests leave I do a sweep of my home for any glasses, plates, bowls, utensils, napkins etc and get them into the kitchen. I ignore furniture that’s been moved, chairs that are out of place, and pillows that have tumbled on the floor! I concentrate on one thing… getting what belongs in the kitchen into the kitchen!
STRAIGHTEN UP ONE ROOM AT A TIME
Don’t get distracted! Work on one room at a time. Don’t clean the room (with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom), just straighten up. Fluff the pillows, put away the coasters and make sure everything is in its place. We will get to cleaning in a minute.
TACKLE THE KITCHEN FIRST
For me, if my kitchen is not clean and straightened up my whole house feels messy! Tackle one thing at a time (did I say that before?). I begin with dishes. Wash the dishes! Put as many as you can in the dishwasher and wash the rest. Dry and put away any dishes that are hand washed. Don’t forget to put away the dishes in the dishwasher as soon as they are done.
Clean one countertop at a time. I start with the counter that has my coffee station on it and work around the kitchen cleaning every surface. That includes the stove and any other appliance that has been used! Knobs and pulls often get dirty too so give them a good fast swipe.
Don’t forget the floors! I wash up the kitchen floors when I am working on the kitchen. I don’t like crumby or sticky kitchen floors! When I leave the kitchen it is often better than when guest arrived!
GIVE THE BATHROOMS A SWISH AND SWIPE
Bathrooms get quite a workout during a party. Don’t forget to clean them from top to bottom. Work fast and it should take you no time at all!
VACUUM AND DUST ONLY AFTER ALL ROOMS ARE STRAIGHTENED UP
When all the rooms are tidied up then go from room to room with a dust cloth or feather duster. After a good dusting run the vacuum through the party areas! Easy-peasy!
CLEAN UP THE OUTSIDE
If the party goes outdoors, make sure to spend a little time cleaning up outside too.
It’s really great if you have a partner or two or three that can work with you! But if you are working alone make sure to turn on some great zippy music and be determined. Don’t stop until your home is back in order!
I hope this will give you lots of ideas and ways to CLEAN IT UP!!!! Stay inspired and GET ER DONE!
What is your best clean-up tip! Please share!
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