The very thought of cleaning your house before you have people over is enough to make you never want to entertain. While enjoying your home with friends and family sounds good in theory, the back-breaking work it takes to plan a party, yet alone clean up before your guests arrive is enough to overwhelm anyone.
But don’t fret my friends, you’re not the only one who has to deal with this internal dilemma. As much as I’d like to think of myself as a party planning perfectionist, I realize that I’m only able to do it effortlessly by following these 5 simple cleaning steps.
But before we even get into my 5 step technique, I ask that you to take the word “perfection” out of your party planning vocabulary. Know that, above all else, your family and friends care more about spending time with you than they do about whether or not you floors are shining. If you keep this simple philosophy at the forefront of your mind, than following these “5 easy tips to make cleaning up before a party a cinch”, will work wonders for you!
First figure out where your guests will congregate most and concentrate on cleaning those area’s first! If your guests won’t be hanging out in the backyard then don’t make hubby mow and water the lawn(use him for another worthwhile chore). If you’re having a dinner party concentrate on your foyer, living and dining room, or wherever you decide to enjoy the evening.
Your bathroom is important no matter what kind of party you throw so make sure you’re paying close attention to the areas that will be used in there (i.e. the toilet and the sink). Spray them down with whatever solution you’ll be using to tackle the dirt and grime. Your restroom should also be the last thing you tend to so spray that down first so that your cleaning solution has a chance to loosen up the gunk. When you’ve cleaned all of the relevant bathroom fixtures turn the lights down, light a candle and bring out fresh towels, paper towels, soap and lotion. These amenities go a long way in making your guests feel taken care of.
Get a basket or bin to pick up all “loose leaf” items. That means catalogs, mail, and any other thing that doesn’t yet have a home.This is seriously not time to start organizing . You’ve got just enough time to tidy and that’s about it. If you’ve got magazines or catalogs the same size, just make sure they’re gathered nicely and neatly together on a table. This will give off the effect that you’re displaying these items as opposed to them just sitting there collecting dust.
Use a handheld Swifter to dust the surfaces of your home. This means, table tops, blinds, fan blades, or anything with a flat surface. The perfectionist in you will want to take every item off the table and spring clean it, but this is a last-minute shindig and ain’t nobody go time for that 😉
It took me adopting 2 kitties to learn this ingenious trick and now I wonder why I never knew about it before my fur babies…My Dyson handheld vacuum is a DREAM! I am NOT a fan of sweeping and after getting my kitties I realized to keep my home entertainment ready I had to do something about the stray hair, scattered litter and random pieces of yarn (don’t even ask) that seemed to creep up like never before. I went to Target and purchased a handheld vacuum and it’s changed my whole life! Whether you’re an animal owner or not, this thing is perfect in picking up those things the broom leaves behind. It’s actually way more efficient and a lot less work!
So those are my quick and easy tips to keeping your house entertaining ready! I’d like to thank Ebay for sponsoring this post and I encourage you all to check out EBay Buying Guides for more great home and garden idea’s!