If you’re getting ready to throw a fun end of summer party or just getting some friends together for a weekend gathering, there’s no doubt that some organisation and preparation will be involved. Cleaning up your home for guests can be a process and a stressful one at that.
However, it doesn’t have to be with a little motivation, dedication, or even a little help from friends or family. Here are five tips for preparing your home for your next party.
1. Event space is everything
Defining the actual space you plan to use for the party will be the primary decision you make before you begin cleaning and organising. What rooms of the house will you use to entertain? Will the gathering be held outside or inside? These are all different questions to keep in mind when you start to plan the event.
The best way to help drive some of these decisions is to figure out who plans on coming to the party, so you know what to expect. If you use ticketing platforms or online event pages to invite guests ahead of time, it allows you to organise in a more efficient way. If many guests RSVP, for example, you should be ready to prepare multiple rooms of your home to allow lots of space for people to move around freely and mingle as well as use furniture and be comfortable.
Once you decide on which room or rooms will be the main focus of your event space, be sure to make those areas particularly clean and stand out. For living room entertainment, try to keep your furniture in tip-top shape and clean the floors. Rugs are a great investment as well and not only make the living room look more spacious, but can protect your floors from guests’ shoes, dirt, and any other messes.
2. Use outdoors to entertain
If your home allows, extending the festivities outside can be a fun way to provide more comfort to your guests and add a bit of fresh air to any party (weather permitting of course). Pools and patios are perfect spaces you can use to entertain and are easy to organise and tidy up before the day of the party.
Think about outdoor furniture and the comfort of guests if you plan on entertaining outdoors. If you know a majority of the party time will be spent outside, make sure to provide chairs with soft cushions or ones that are able to recline, and tables so people can sit and chat the day and night away.
Finally, if you’re looking to utilise your outdoor space to your advantage, it’s in your best interest to create an atmosphere using the outdoor lighting, plants, and even music. Cleaning up your plants, sweeping outdoors, and raking and cutting your lawn are just some of the items to add to your checklist to ensure your outdoor space looks inviting but also clean.
3. Furniture (or lack of) is important
With any party or function, furniture or where people will sit and stand is important to navigating the space you’re using to entertain. When it comes time to clean and organise beforehand, it’s important to have a gameplan on how (and if) you plan on using your furniture.
If you plan on using furniture, chairs, and tables, it will be important to make sure you provide enough so that your guests can use them, but also have enough space. If you choose to include furniture in your plans, remove extra pillows, blankets, remotes, etc in order to make the room feel larger and more spacious.
Generally speaking, however, it might be best to avoid clunky furniture to open up your rooms and allow people to mingle and converse. Instead of worrying about cleaning all of your furniture, push them closer to the walls of the room in order to create a wide open space for people to stand and chat. This tactic can help control foot traffic throughout your home and ensure a sense of community and atmosphere for your gathering.
4. Keep toilet and kitchen neat and tidy
When starting the cleaning process, tidying up the toilets inside and out will make sure the party guests feel proper and clean. Many people say that the cleanliness of the toilets makes quite an impression about someone’s home and the homeowner in general, so making sure everything from the toilet to sink is clean will leave a good impression on your guests.
There are many simple cleaning hacks you can do to make your bathroom stand out including things as easy as using toothpaste to shine up faucets, chlorine bleach to keep your bathroom sparkling, and more. There are so many other cleaning hacks every homeowner should know.
The kitchen should always be a focal point from an organisational standpoint, as that is usually where the food is and becomes a central location of a party. In terms of cleaning tips for your kitchen, be sure to clean your counters thoroughly, shine up your appliances to make them stand out, always have clean dishes and silverware for guests, and wash the floor to avoid smells and food spill residue.
5. Establish room boundaries
When deciding on where and what to clean and organise, decide what is off limits and fair play for your guests to be in your home on the day of the party. Obviously, bedrooms will probably be off limits for your guests, for obvious reasons. However, if you feel the need to gate off rooms from your guests for a particular reason, don’t be afraid to do so.
Often times, you are able to use these rooms for something else and making this personal decision can and should be respected by your party guests. For example, if you choose to keep your spare bedroom off limits, you can use it as a place for guest’s coats or take personal calls.
It’s important to remember that it is, after all, your home, so if you decide to have the guests avoid certain parts of your home for a reason, you are entitled to do so. Be sure to keep this in mind while you get ready to clean.
Bonus! Here’s how to clean up after the party
So you’ve just had that wild bash at your home and have all the good memories and fun that was had to go with it?
That’s what parties should be all about – good food, good people and good times! But now that the last guest has left, you’re stuck with a problem. The cleaning up! Where do you begin, you might be wondering? How do you restore the clean state of your home after so many people were in it?
Well, fear not because we’ve prepared this handy guide to help you get your home back in spick and span condition in no time! Keep reading to find out how.
Sort out any leftover food
No party would be complete without food. Whether it’s finger foods, snacks, or meals that you’ve cooked yourself, you wouldn’t want to leave your guests hungry, right?
So they’ve filled their tummies with your delicious food and snacks, but there’s still so much left over. We suggest that you tackle the leftover food first because they can easily pick up germs, attract ants and go off if you leave them out of the fridge for too long. This is why dealing with food first should be a priority.
So get out your tupperware boxes and start bagging the chips, crisps, salsa and all the other goodies you left out for your guests to enjoy. And let’s face it – who doesn’t like leftovers? It means less cooking and food that’s readily available when you’re watching your favourite series, so make sure when you’re packing the food and placing it in the fridge for later, that you do so in an organised way.
Use different containers and sealable plastic bags for all the food and you’ll not only ensure the hygiene of your place but will also have some delicious snacks to feast on later.
Collect all of the dirty dishes and wash them
So you’ve cleared all the food and drinks from the table tops. Now you’re left with piles of dirty dishes, cutlery and glasses.
If you have a dishwashing machine, this job will be a breeze. All you’d need to do is stack the plates inside and hit the ‘on’ button.
However, if you don’t own one of these modern wonders, fear not, because the good old fashioned sink and dishwashing liquid are there waiting for you in the kitchen. So pull up your sleeves and get to work on those dishes, pans, and pots that you used for the party.
Clean the bathroom first
And now we get to the harder part. With parties, it’s the bathroom that will be left in the dirtiest state and if you want to remove the remnants of what your guests left there, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.
Get out your detergents and scrubbing brush and start with the toilet as this would have been the most used item in the bathroom. Scrub the toilet bowl until you restore it to its former glory. Then, once you’re done, move over to the sink as this item, too, was (hopefully) used by your guests when doing their business and sinks can get dirt and residue left on them. Start by scrubbing the taps and the sink.
Use eco-friendly detergents if you have them, and if not, you can create your own using lemon, vinegar or rubbing alcohol. A paste with water and baking soda will also help you get hard water stains off the faucets.
Next, hit the shower, bath and finally the floor. The amount of foot traffic in your bathroom would have given your bathroom a run for its money so it’s time to get rid of footprints off your tiles.
And what’s worse is that your bathroom mats also probably look like they’ve seen better days. Simply stick them in the washing machine and give them a good wash. Doing this at a high temperature will also help you to get any bacteria carried by your guests completely out.
Continue with the rest of the home
Once your kitchen and bathroom are looking sparkling, you might start feeling better about your home. However, you know you’re not done yet. It’s time to tackle the living areas where your guests were seated.
With all the food and drink around, it’s likely that there were some spillages and crumbs left on the carpet so consider starting by vacuuming the floor to get the larger chunks of food off your pretty carpets and rugs.
If you have wooden or tiled floors, remove the carpets and rugs from the room, airing them outside, and give the floor a thorough wash with a mop not neglecting to clean areas such as under and behind sofas, TV cabinets and wall units, under dining room tables and other places where dirt tends to accumulate.
Once you’ve done this, you can finally relax and call your home your own once again as you’ve successfully managed to restore it to its former glory.
And if you simply don’t have the time to get your home in spick and span condition, simply call in the experts! Here at Fantastic Services, we can help get those wine stains out of carpets with the carpet cleaning service.
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