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How to Clean Up After a Party

Mikkie Mills Dec 21, 2019
If you have thrown a party, then it is important to clean up as soon as possible to avoid potential problems from spillage and trash. Here are some tips to make the after-party process as smooth as it can be.

Recycle as Much as Possible

Parties often have left over plastic cups, plates, utensils, and an abundance of cans. Before you attempt to clean anything, you should pick up all the trash around the area. Separate it between regular trash and recyclables. Use a reference list of everything that can be recycled.
Ensure that it is clean before either placing it in your recycling bin, or delivering it to a local recycling center for a cash reward. Remember to pour out any liquid from cans to prevent leakage and creating a further mess as you take the recyclables from room to room.

Clean the Floor

Floors can often take a huge hit at any event, due to number of shoes going over them, spilled food and drinks, and other impacts. If you want to efficiently engage in floor cleaning, develop a system where you do not go over surfaces that you have already swept, mopped, or vacuumed.
It is usually best to start from one corner and work your way backwards across a room. If there is extensive damage to your floors, then you may want to consider having a professional cleaning service come to lift stains out of the carpet or scrape sticky substances off of wood or tile.

Wipe Down Sticky Surfaces

There will no doubt be sticky and gooey surfaces if you are having a large house party. It may seem like a huge task to make sure these surfaces are clean, but with the right mixture and materials, it will be simple. For a natural and cheap cleaner, try diluting vinegar with water, which can take care of most spots and stains on hard surfaces.
For furniture and upholstery, be sure to check the tag on the outer covering to see what types of solutions you can use for stains, so that you can remove them without causing lasting damage to the product. Many times, you can utilize a combination of household cleaners and water to get the job done.

Delegate Tasks

Cleaning is always easier if you have more than one person tackling the overall mess. You can delegate cleaning chores in order to restore your home in much less time than if only one person had attempted the challenge. For example, have one person focus on the floors, one pick up all of the trash and recyclables, and one clean and wipe down other surfaces.
If there is too much garbage to fit into your weekly bins, you may need to assign someone to drive to a local landfill in order to make more room. All of this can be accomplished through divvying up responsibilities, which creates much less work for everyone, and will leave more time to relax.

Store and Cook Leftovers

One benefit of hosting a party is that often times, you have enough leftover food and drinks to last for a while, so you do not have to cook or go out to eat. With a few simple ingredients you already have, you can make room in your fridge by making a scramble with mixed vegetables.
Incorporating cheese into a dip can also be a good idea. You can easily get creative and make yourself multiple meals to use up extra food. If everything else fails, try inviting friends or family over to finish them off with you.
Tidying up your home after a celebration does not have to be a strenuous or stressful task. With these tips and tricks, you will be able to clean up the mess in no time, and possibly spend quality time with your friends and loved ones in the process.