Hosting the big family get-together during the holidays can be great fun and a bit nerve-wracking at the same time. Getting your house in order for the big day can seem like an impossible task, but with the right strategy, you’ll be ready for your family and friends in no time.
Check out these tips to help make your holiday party a night to remember.
Schedule Now, Relax Later.
Instead of waiting for the perfect time to start cleaning, make it a point to build it into your schedule. The more time you have before your party, the smaller those big cleaning jobs become. Give yourself at least a week before to clean. If you start prepping too early, you’ll lose the clean you worked so hard to get. If you start too late, you’re bound to give yourself a lot of worry and stress.
Make It a Family Affair.
Cleaning is much more fun (and easier!) when everyone gets involved. Share the task of cleaning with other family members. If you live with others, you can have each person in charge of a specific area or room. If you live by yourself, don’t be afraid to ask others for help, especially if they will be attending your event!
Prioritize with a Visitor’s Eyes.
When it’s time to start cleaning, put an emphasis on rooms and spaces that will be used the most. Entryways, coat closets, family rooms, dining rooms and bathrooms are all high traffic areas during a party. The rooms that have the most eyes on it should get the most attention!
Divide and Conquer.
Now that you’re ready to clean, it’s best to compartmentalize each room. Clean a small portion of a room before you move on to the next. That way, you’re making the most of your time. Try cleaning each room in clockwise/counterclockwise, top to bottom motion so that you don’t miss a spot.
Since the kitchen will be one of the busiest rooms in your home, make sure to clean your cooking area before the big day. That will help to minimize the post-meal clean. Also, be sure to go through your refrigerator to clear out extra space. Save money on groceries by knowing exactly what you have in your refrigerator.
If you’ve been cleaning from top to bottom, the floor will be the last thing to cleaning. Cleaning from top to bottom avoids redistributing dirt and debris to previously cleaned areas. If you have hardwood floors, now would be a great time to give your floors some extra protection with an application of polish. If you have carpet, consider scheduling a professional cleaning or make the time for a DIY shampoo job.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind.
If time is running out, remember that what your guests won’t know can’t hurt them. If you have rooms or other spaces that won’t be used by guests, you can cut down on your cleaning time by simply moving the clutter to an unused room. However, remember that you’ll have to clean everything up eventually!
Remember the Real Reason.
While we may fuss and stress over getting the house in immaculate shape or getting the most picture-perfect atmosphere, remember that these things pale in comparison to spending time with your loved ones. If everyone’s having a great time, a little clutter won’t take away from the great memories being made!
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