8 Quick Cleaning Hacks to Tackle Before Your Holiday Party
It’s that time of year! The holidays are here once again and you know what that means. It’s party time! If you are hosting a party, it is easy to get somewhat stressed when it comes to cleaning. Between working or watching the kids, holiday shopping, and all the other parties you have to attend, it can be very difficult to find the time to clean your home in preparation for guests. Worry no more. These quick cleaning hacks will have your home looking great in no time at all.
Survey the Area
What is the first mess you see? Tackle that spot first. Guests are not going to be picking your home apart. They will only see the most obvious areas of improvement if they aren’t cleaned beforehand. This means entryways, the path into the house, and the floors. Make sure the area is dusted and do a quick clean up with a Swiffer (they are great for a quick touch-up).
We all do it. We drop our mail, old magazines, and random papers in one or two spots in the house and faster than we realize, there are mounds of it. Find a good hideaway for these items or simply toss the useless pieces. Even a junk drawer is okay for hiding them for the time being.
Focus on Flat Surfaces
Consider what areas your guests will be using the most. Places such as the kitchen counters, the coffee table, and other flat surfaces will most definitely be used the most during a party. So, make these spots a priority on your cleaning checklist. Luckily, they are some of the easiest and fastest areas to clean up.
Cook While You Work
Preparing anything, from a full meal to a small appetizer, is a bit of a project. Double task if you think you can handle it. Wash each pot and pan as you use them. Wipe down the sink area and quickly pour disinfectant down the drain to remove any possible odors. Fast little things like this make a big difference.
The Dreaded Bathroom
Absolutely everyone’s least favorite cleaning job takes place in the bathroom. It is typically seen as the dirtiest place in the home but with guests coming, it will also be one of the most viewed. Wash down all flat surfaces. Put some bleach in the toilet and scrub it a bit. You don’t have to worry about the shower, though. Just make sure that shower curtain stays closed!
Pet Hair? Don’t Care.
If you have a pet, you know how difficult it can be to deal with all that shedding! Do a fast vacuum of the couch cushions. Use a rubber glove to collect hair from surfaces. If you have a lint brush, take advantage of it. There are so many different methods of pet hair clean up these days, but if all else fails, use a cozy throw blanket to hide areas you don’t like. Trust me – You notice the pet hair much more than your guests will anyway.
Empty the Trash
This seems simple, but it is often overlooked in the midst of other tasks. You are likely filling the wastebasket throughout your cleaning process; so don’t forget to empty it when you are done. When your friends and family arrive, they will end up eating plenty of food. This means plenty of dirty napkins and disposable plates! Your guests never want to be pushing down the top of a filled wastebasket.
Now is the time to relax. You’ve finished your quick clean up. Now, all that is left is to light a few candles to top it off. Fill the house with an inviting seasonal scent to help you and your guests get into the holiday spirit. This is one of the quickest ways to help make people feel cozy and comfortable.
Hosting a party is hard enough. Between the cooking and entertaining, no one wants to clean too. If you’re lucky, you may have a volunteer to help you. If that isn’t the case though, this checklist should be a useful and fast alternative. This way, you have more time for what is really important – the company of your friends and family in your own home.
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Have a safe and happy holiday!