AUTHOR: STEVEN OF 'SIMPO CLEANING'
Parties are meant to be fun, so why stress over preparing for one? Here are some of our professional cleaners' tips and tricks for making your home look fab before the party (so that you don’t lose your marbles on the day of the event)!
Important: Give yourself time and split tasks over a number of days. Don’t increase pressure on yourself by leaving too much to do on the morning of the party.
CLEAN & DECLUTTER
Wipe over all horizontal surfaces. Use a wet cloth in the kitchen and a dry polishing cloth for other rooms.
Make sure the whole house smells fresh. Use fragrant essential oils about an hour before guests are due.
Move unnecessary items to a space they can be retrieved from later. Clutter can include personal items such as invoices, etc. Move anything that’s likely to cause embarrassment out of sight.
The first thing people see is the entry area, so mow the lawn and trim the edges; hose down or high pressure clean the driveway and paved areas.
Make sure you have a mat at the front door so people can wipe their feet before entering the house.
Windows are always noticed. Clean them inside and out in all the areas guests will go. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference clean windows will make to the look of your home.
Give your bathroom a good scrub top to bottom. Pay special attention to the toilet seats, mirrors and glass since these are the areas which guests tend to notice the most.
You can save time on after-party cleaning if you use a pump-action hand-wash dispenser (they also look way better than a used bar of soap) while recycled single-use paper towels will avoid a lot of laundry.
Have extra toilet rolls in a prominent place. Remove anything personal from the medicine cabinet.
Very important: check the bathroom at regular intervals during the evening (any mess made by your guests reflects badly on you as the host).
A table cloth is great for hiding any imperfections on an old table, and can also prevent further wear and tear.
On informal occasions, disposable biodegradable plates will reduce any after-party cleaning, but make sure there are well-identified places like a bin (making it easy to carry them to the compost for their disposal after use), as well as a separate bin for uneaten food.
For formal dining, you need to clean and polish the silverwear while making sure the dinnerw ear is spotless.
CHILDREN AND ANIMALS
We love them both – but they are both capable of creating ‘disorder’ at a party. Depending on how rowdy you think the party will get, children can be part of proceedings, but sending them to a relative may be a good idea.
If they will be staying, have a designated play area with toys and games to keep them occupied and prevent them from going into areas they aren’t supposed to.
Dogs can add charm to informal dining (outdoor barbecues for example) but the safest approach would be to send Rover off to the kennel. Take a quick scan of the backyard and be sure to dispose of any poop in the backyard. You don’t want any of your guests stepping in anything they don’t want to, especially if they are going to be wearing their favourite pair of valentines.
Cats leave fur everywhere – make sure you remove it. On the day, it’s best to send them to a room of their own with their favourite toys to keep them occupied.
They happen – and you need to be prepared. Have a cleaning kit consisting of stain remover, cleaning cloths, bucket, mop, dust-pan and broom, readily at hand. This will keep you calm and gracious when someone breaks one of your favourite wine glasses (stemless wine glasses may – repeat ‘may’ – result in less breakages).
What does this have to do with cleaning? Well, dim the lights and you may get away with doing less. It’s a cheap trick – but like most cheap tricks – it works! If you don’t have a light dimmer switch, turn off the main lights and use strategically placed lamps and/or candles to light the party area. It creates ambience and hides any imperfections on walls, carpets, floors, etc.
CLEAN THE REFRIGERATOR
Like the bathroom, it makes a good impression to have a clean – and tidy – fridge.
Everything you need for the party should be to the front of the shelves and in the door racks where it’s easy to find and access. It’s just another way to take the stress out of being a good host.
You’ve earnt it! You’ve planned, you’ve prepared, you’ve reprovisioned – most of all, you’ve CLEANED. Now it’s time to get the party started!
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