Hostess Cleaning Techniques for the 4th!
The 4th of July is quickly approaching, and many of us will be celebrating with parties, barbecues and other fun summer festivities. While it is great to gather together to celebrate the nice weather and summer holidays, being the host or hostess of an event can be a bit overwhelming. It becomes tricky to juggle the event planning and deep cleaning, while still keeping things tidy throughout the preparations. Here are just a few things you can do before, during, and after a summer party that will help keep your house clean and limit the amount of work you do while hosting.
Before guests arrive:
We all know the pressure to deep clean our homes before company arrives. However, sometimes life gets in the way and there just isn’t enough time. If a deep clean is unrealistic, there are easier options available. Consider only organizing the main levels or rooms where your guests will primarily spend their time. Scrub the guest bathroom, vacuum the living room floor, wipe down the kitchen counters, and shut all of the other doors in the house. There is no need to waste time on rooms that will not be entered.
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Depending on how large the party is going to be, you may want to start prepping the food hours or even days ahead of time. Consider what dishes you are making and how much storage space you have before prepping the food early. Save foods that can spoil for the day-of, but throw together easy appetizers ahead of time. Depending on how much freezer space you have, you can go ahead and prep casseroles and other similar dishes so that on the day of the party they are ready to be tossed right into the oven. Clean up after yourself each day as you prepare, and you will skip the large mess entirely. Planning ahead will help you to avoid stress on party day.
While guests are there:
If you are hosting an outdoor barbecue, try and limit the activity to just a couple rooms inside. As we mentioned before, shutting doors will encourage guests to stay in central locations. This will help keep mess confined to certain sections of the house, and you avoid having guests track dirt all over your home. If the weather is nice, you can even make it an outdoor only party.
Another helpful tip is to use paper products for outdoor or informal events. This will make clean-up very easy at the end of the night. The less dirty dishes, the better. After all, you deserve to sit down and put your feet up after the party is over!
Even if you do not choose to use paper products, you can make clean-up easier by slowly tidying up as the party is going on. Clear plates between courses and make sure there are plenty of trash cans out for your guests. This also eliminates the problem of food sitting out too long or attracting bugs.
After guests leave:
Once your guests leave, the best thing you can do is immediately clean up the large messes. Hosting an event can be exhausting, and cleaning will probably be the least appealing thing to do afterwards. However, if you take only 15-20 minutes to tidy up, you can make a lot of progress. Gather up all of the leftover trash, cover and refrigerate any leftover food, and wipe up any spills. Once you are finished, you’ll be able to rest happily knowing that the party was a success and the mess is gone.
These tips and tricks will help you keep things clean while hosting a stress-free party. Most importantly, take time to turn the music up, make yourself a plate of food and enjoy the fun.
A little mess never hurt anyone!