With the upcoming holidays, you will probably host a lot of parties in your home. However, running up and down to prepare all the goodies you listed on your menu, your daily job and chores don’t spare you much time on cleaning the house. This probably stresses you out. Well, it shouldn’t, because there are plenty of tricks you can use to help you spruce up your home in time for the party.
First and foremost, you need to make a “Spruce up Your House” to-do list. This list will help you to organize the cleaning into effortlessly manageable segments. With a bit of planning, sprucing up the house for a party will be so easy-peasy. Moreover, you may use them as a standard cleaning routine.
Divide and conquer
After you create a list of tasks, divide the work so you could complete all in that can be completed in small portions of time throughout the week before the party. This will help you reduce your wish to pull your hair out. Each day preceding the party should have a theme for cleaning such as “Vacuuming Rhapsody” or “From Dust till Dawn”. Give yourself only a couple of hours for cleaning so it would not affect your daily activities too much.
Three, two, one…clean
Next thing on your agenda is to set a timer. This way you will manage your time for cleaning more efficiently and will not spend the whole day with a mop in your hands. Subsequently, spruce up the house strategically. As a tip, you can start with the entry and progress to the other areas in your house in which your guests will be: living room, kitchen, bathroom.
Toss the clutter to the gutter
Your guests should be able to move without stumbling upon your clutter. That being said, you need to either put that stuff away in a garage, supposing you have one or just simply give it away or sell it at a yard sale. Be remorseless to yourself. No matter how emotional it can be, get rid of the excess items overcrowding the area that the guest will spend most of their time in, like that old armchair you inherited from your granny.
If you don’t own a garage and have no room to spare for the excess furniture you can use a supereasy solution – load the excess furniture in a storage module.
Have no fear, party time is near
As the day of the party approximates you need to concentrate on polishing the places where guests will mostly be during the party. Start with a dusting of the smaller surfaces and items such as bookshelves and other decorative pieces. Follow with sweeping the entry and giving a good scrub to your kitchen sinks. Take care of any major cleaning you wrote on your to-do list. If something annoyed you on your first walk-through, handle it before the day of the party.
See it through your guests’ eyes
Before the party, you will still have enough time to add small touches which will make your house even more enjoyable and charming. Add fresh-cut flowers, highlight family photos, fill the house with natural fragrances. Possibilities are many.
On top everything, if you don’t wish to remove carpets you can sprinkle them with baking soda, wait for 15 minutes and vacuum away. This will make the carpets fresher and smell-free.
Eventually, when you are done cleaning and decluttering and adding the finishing touch, take a walk around the house and try to see it as a guest. Try to perceive it as your guests would.
Spills and stains go in twain
You may also want to have an emergency cleaning kit at hand, so prepare one just in case. Because where there is a party there are also spills and stains. On that ground, you should prepare yourself upfront.
Even though there are ways to avoid such a mess, one can never be too cautious. Have a box of stain treatment products somewhere where it won’t be too visible, but you will still be able to grab it when the time comes.
But still, you should avoid running around after every possible spill or stain. They will not go anywhere. The party lasts only as long and thus you should enjoy it with your friends as much as possible and without rubber gloves on your hands.
This guest post was graciously contributed by Chloe Smith. Chloe is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.