It can be such fun hosting a party for family and friends. However, when it comes to the clean-up afterwards — that’s not as much fun. These simple party clean-up tips will help make the task easier for you and keep you ahead of all the chaos.
Party Clean-up Tips
1 Start with a clean house before the party. It’s much easier to clean things up if you begin with a clean house, tidy kitchen and empty dishwasher.
2 Disposable plates, cups and flatware make clean-up easier. Be sure to choose items that can be recycled. And just because it’s disposable, doesn’t mean it can’t be chic. There are many beautiful designs available. To keep it simple and stylish, opt for clear plastic. If you want to dress things up even more, don’t be afraid to mix plastic dishware with your favorite china serving dishes.
3 Use table cloths. If opting for linen tablecloths, make sure they are machine washable.
4 Have plenty of coasters around for guests to set their drinks on. To make sure you have enough, disposable coasters can be purchased in packs of 50 or more.
5 Have plenty of garbage bags on hand to line garbage cans. Place several cans throughout the house where they can easily be seen. This will cut down on your cleaning time by providing guests with a quick place to toss napkins and such when they’re done with them.
6 Stay on top of the cleaning during the party by tackling spills as they happen. Mix white vinegar, dish soap and water in a spray bottle so it’s handy just in case you need it.
7 As the party begins to wind down, start some simple cleanups before all your guests have left. This not only gives a subtle signal that the party is coming to an end, it also gets you ahead on the cleanup. And you may have offers of help.
8 Quickly go through the house with a garbage bag to pick up any trash or disposable items. To make separating easy, color code your bags – black for trash and white for recycling. Use a tray or plastic bin to collect any items that will go in the dishwasher or be hand washed.
9 If you don’t want to keep any leftovers, offer them to your guests. Make sure you have plenty of plastic containers, aluminum foil, or large plastic bags on hand ready for leftovers.
10After your guests leave, it’s time for the serious cleanup to begin. Start with any spills you might have missed during the party. You want to deal with these before they become stains. Look for watermarks on furniture, too.
- For spills on upholstered furniture and carpets, fold a paper towel (or more depending on the size of the spill) and press it into the stain to soak up the excess liquid. Repeat this until there’s nothing more to absorb. Finish it up with your favorite stain remover.
- To remove waterstains from wood, scrub with a gentle cleanser. Then, polish with a soft cloth.
11Make the kitchen the central hub for cleanup. Bring everything into the kitchen, then deal with it all from there. Toss the black bags into the garbage and sort the contents of the white bags into the proper recycling bin.
12Use a dust cloth to clean off wood surfaces and wipe down all other surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner and paper towels.
13Wipe down all the surfaces in the kitchen, empty and rinse out any coolers or bins that were used, and run the dishwasher.
14Do a quick vacuuming in the open areas to clean up all the crumbs. This will help you to avoid attracting any bugs. The next day you can vacuum more thoroughly.
With these party cleanup tips, you can breathe a sigh of relief and get a good night’s rest. In the morning you won’t have to face a messy party aftermath. Instead, you will wake up to a clean house and only a few small tasks to deal with.
Do you have any party clean-up tips to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. 🙂