Summer time is fast approaching and the party season starts to take shape. Here are some tips to make clearing up after a party quick and easy.
1. You need help
When hosting a party a lot of the task can be left to you to ensure that you dont come down to a house that still needs to be cleared up the morning after the night before. But to make light work fo this, dont be afraid to ask for a little help, even if its just a guest helping you to collect the empty glasses up at the end of the night or popping some rubbish in the bin all the little jobs can go a long way.
2. The right tools for the job
Have a red wine-cleanup tool kit ready. This should contain a cloth, some soda water and a sponge. Just soak up the excess soda water with the cloth (don’t rub), put soda water over the stain, and dab gently with the sponge to soak it up.
As soon as your party is over and you start to clean up, opening all the windows and spraying a little Febreeze around will make a massive difference – sometimes getting rid of the beery smell or cigarette fug is half the battle. Getting rid of the half-full drinks and ashtrays is vital in this of course, which brings me on to…
4. In the bag
If you feel overwhelmed by the mess at the end of a party, just go around with a bin bag and collect the rubbish first, and put recyclables in the recycling bin or a separate bag. Usually this will create the appearance of a lot less mess!
5. Start as you mean to go on
Before your guests come, empty the dishwasher and get the kitchen sink and draining board looking clean and tidy. This will encourage guests to wash up as they go along.
6. Stain attack
Get rid of sauce stains, like ketchup and BBQ sauce, with washing up liquid and white vinegar. Dab them with the washing up liquid first, leave for a few minutes, then wipe off with the vinegar.
7. Wax on, wax off
Remove dried candle wax from fabrics. Just pop the offended item in the freezer and then peel it off. Get rid of the remaining reside with rubbing alcohol/isopropyl alcohol (available from the chemist.)
8. No scrubs
Line any baking trays and pans with parchment paper before using them – that’s less scrubbing when it comes to washing up.
9. Be minimal
Keep decorations simple and minimal – it looks chic and you won’t have lots of burst balloons and soggy streamers to clear up once it’s all over.
10. Motivation and reward
When doing a big clean up, energetic music is motivation, and rewards are whatever you fancy. Hair of the dog perhaps!