House Party Cleanup Tips

Cleaning for a house party can be a difficult task, but with a few tips and tricks it can become less of a hassle.

House parties can be a very popular thing during the summer season. What could be better than gathering at some one's house with all of your friends and partying together? But it is important that you and your friends have a clean space to enjoy together. Being the host of a house party can be a bit daunting. When it is your house being used, you want to make sure that it is clean. You also want to make sure that when your guests arrive, they have a clean house to enjoy. When the time comes, you're ready to take on the task and you're planning all of your party essentials. You've picked up enough food and drinks for the party, you've sectioned off rooms in your house to hold the party, and you've invited your party guests. There is one thing left to do though, and that is to determine a pre-party cleaning plan.

Despite all other preparations, nothing is more important than assuring your guests of a comfortable, clean, place to be entertained in. It is an unfortunate thing, but let's face it; accidents do happen. As careful as your party guests might be, drinks can spill, food might fall on the floor, or something might break. It is important to clean up those messes immediately, and you as the host will want to ensure that your guests aren't troubled by any mess. No matter if you are an expert house cleaner or someone who tidies up occasionally, planning for a party cleanup can be very challenging. You want to make sure that you leave enough time to clean the house before the guests arrive. Cleaning the house can be a bit of a difficult task because it is your house that you're showing off. As much as you want your house to be clean for the party, your guests also want a clean house to enjoy. Thankfully, About.com has a few tips on what is needed in your pre-party cleanup plan.

You've invited your guests, developed a menu, agonized over activities, and soon guests will arrive at your home ready to be entertained. Despite all other preparations, none is more important than assuring your guests of a comfortable, clean, place to be entertained in. Taking the time to make your home ready for guests can be intimidating for even the most seasoned housekeeper. Follow these ideas for pre-party cleaning to help you get more out of your event.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

1. Evaluate what needs to be done.

Writing down a quick list of rooms and places in your home that need attention will give you a plan. Don't forget entry areas and coat closets.

2. Start with the most important rooms.

Sometimes it helps to begin cleaning from the entryway to your home, and work your way through the places your guests are most likely to go. Check out the intense cleaning guides for living areas, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

3. Don't forget the clutter.

Clutter can give a spotless home a messy appearance. Give your guests room to move freely in your home. If you're having trouble getting rid of items ask yourself these questions about clutter. Try to get yourself jump started by choosing a small junk drawer and trying the quick clutter clearing ideas. Don't forget to use the 4 container clutter method to organize any job.

4. Take shortcuts that work for you.

If there won't be any children at the party and your guests will only be in living areas, don't worry about cleaning and detailing family bedrooms. If the party is informal, make your serving dishes informal too. Find ways to save time that fit with the party you're trying to have.

5. Prepare for minor cleaning emergencies during the party.

Be aware that stains are probably the number one party cleanup culprit. Stock up on your favorite stain removal products. Double check the stain removal helplist. Most of all, don't stress. These things happen and being prepared only shows more of your ability as host or hostess.

6. Recruit help.

Use your family or closest friends to help you prepare. Find tips on involving your family in cleaning and use them to mobilize your forces at home. Check out our ideas on making chores fun. For many people, professional cleaning help may be the better choice. If you intend to have help before or during the party, be sure to reserve your place as soon as you have the dates and times you'll need them. Especially during any holiday season, help can be hard to find.

7. Add your own finishing touches.

Preparing your home for a party is more than just stripping it of its clutter and dirt. It also gives you a chance to add small touches that make your home comfortable and inviting. Try flower arrangements, photographs, candles, or incense. Try to stimulate the senses of your guests. Do a walk-through after you've cleaned and decluttered to see how your guests will experience the rooms in your home.

8. Enjoy the party.

Try not to stress over the little things that may seem to go wrong during the party. Just enjoy the fruits of your efforts.

Tips:

1. The more involved and complicated the party is, the more time you'll have to prepare your home. Last minute informal gatherings do not require your home to be in perfect order. The 15 minute cleanups should be adequate to get your house in shape.

What You Need:

* Pen and paper
* Various cleaning supplies
* 4 boxes to clear clutter
* Finishing decorative touches
* Stain treatment products

The most important thing as a host is to enjoy your party. You're the one who has put all the effort into planning for the party and you should have a good time as well. If you follow the steps in this list, it will make cleaning before the party easy, and also make cleaning up after the party a lot easier. Much like having a designated driver to drive guests home after a party, its important to have a designated cleanup crew for the party. When done as a group, the after-party cleanup can almost be as fun as the actual party itself. Remember that planning for a party includes not only purchasing the party drinks and food, finding a party space, or inviting the party guests, but also planning for the pre-party and after-party cleanup.