Monday, December 23, 2013

Party cleanup made easy

With the ongoing holiday festivities this Christmas season, you may just find yourself hosting a Christmas party or two. Intimate gatherings and big parties alike can be enjoyable when shared with friends and loved ones.

Limiting your party to only certain areas of your home will also limit the area you will have to clean up later on.

However, inviting a number of people into your home can quickly turn into a party cleanup nightmare after the festivities have died down and the last guest has left. Take steps to protect your furniture, and plan ahead to avoid unnecessary damage and clutter in your home.

Designate party areas

Limiting your party to only certain areas of your home will also limit the area you will have to clean up later on. Rugs, carpets and upholstery are more vulnerable to stains, so steer clear of rooms with a lot of these features. If you have a garden or an outdoor area, having your party outdoors will require less cleaning, making it a perfect place to hold parties.

Choose minimal décor

You don’t have to go all-out with balloons, tinsel and decorations on every surface you can think of. Keep your party decorations minimal, as this will save you money and cleaning time as well.

Using disposable dishes will save you the trouble of washing an endless number of plates after the party.

Opt for take-home décor

You may also choose decorations that can double as party favors. Think decorative candies, small floral arrangements and scented candles. This is a neat surprise for guests and cuts back on your party cleanup too.

Clean up before the party

Prepping for a party can also create mess and clutter, especially in the kitchen. Clean your cooking pots and utensils before the party. Leaving them piled up in your sink and adding the actual party cleaning pile to that later on will only make the situation overwhelming. Break up the cleaning process into phases.

Use disposable items

Opt for paper or plastic plates and utensils. Using disposable dishes will save you the trouble of washing an endless number of plates after the party.

Serve non-messy food

Plan your menu well, especially if your party is going to be buffet-style. Food with sauces and dips might drip on furniture and floors. Sit-down dinners can have more leeway for all kinds of food, since your guests won’t be milling about your house. - Aislinn Kee 


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