Here in North America, we’re preparing ourselves for one of the biggest parties of the year – Super Bowl Sunday – and while I’m not much of a football fan, I do appreciate a good party now and then.
So, today, I’m going to show you how to quickly and easily clean up after a party, oh, and for all the kids out there, pay attention to this video – because knowing how to clean up after a party is the best way to hide it from your parents 🙂
BEFORE THE PARTY
The best way to avoid a lengthy clean-up at the end of your party is to prepare BEFORE the party even starts – make sure you have coasters readily available and designate an area to keep food and drinks – keep microfibre cloths or paper towel handy to clean up any spills AS THEY HAPPEN.
It’s also important to recruit some people to help you clean if you can – a few extra hands makes the clean-up substantially easier then going it alone.
Have some food containers at the ready – or ask your guests to bring containers so you can easily hand out left overs at the end of the night.
Be sure to leave a garbage can and maybe even a recycling bin in an obvious place and remember to close the door to rooms that you want to keep off limits while your guests are over ..you may also wish to move any valuable items to a safe place.
Finally, give your bathroom a quick tidy and make sure your have fresh towels and ample hand soap and toilet paper – you can even put a sign on the door to ensure clarity on what’s behind it.
AFTER THE PARTY
Now that the party is over, but before you start the clean-up – go ahead clear your kitchen counters and it’s a good idea to have an empty dishwasher too – remember, most of the party debris will be dishes and glasses, so make sure you have room for them in your kitchen!
Alright, let’s get to it…
The three wave method of cleaning, which can be seen in our clean your bathroom and clean your bedroom videos – is what I find to be the most efficient method for cleaning virtually any room in a timely manner.
Simply pick a starting point somewhere in your room and work your way around the room – performing a specific task – three times.
For the first wave we’re bringing in a laundry basket, a garbage bag and I’m using a tray to collect all the plates, glasses, mugs, bowls, serving dishes and cutlery to bring back to the kitchen.
As you come across garbage – it goes into the garbage bag and as you come across things that belong in another room – they can go into the basket.
Recyclables can also be brought to the kitchen to be emptied out.
For wave two you’re going to need a microfiber cloth and a some all-purpose cleaner – so, I think you know where this is headed, but, during this wave, you’re also going to be straightening.
Go back to your starting point and spot clean all the areas that were affected by the party – cup rings on furniture – spills on tables – you get the idea – you can also tackle any stains that you come across.
When you come across something that needs to be straightened, well – straighten it! Rooms look much cleaner when things like pillows and frames are lined up nicely.
The final wave is the easiest wave – it’s just vacuuming if you have carpet – or quick mopping if you have hardwood or laminate floors.
You can also use the vacuum on the couch or chairs as needed..
There you have it and remember you can use this 3 wave cleaning system for cleaning any room in your house – so if your party happens to spill over into other rooms, you can just repeat the waves for each room!
One final tip – it’s really a good idea to clean up the party as soon as it’s over – I know it isn’t the most desirable thought, but let me tell you, the smell of stale food and alcohol is horrible – so even if you’re not going to do all of your cleaning after the party, do at least remove the food and drink from the party room…
But, Clean My Space nation, we want to know – did you ever have parties as a kid and try to hide it from your parents? Share your story in the comment box below because I love hearing what you have to say!