Tips for Cleaning Your House Before, During, and After Your Party

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We all want our house to be clean and presentable for our guests, but few of us have hours to dedicate to getting the job done. These tips will help you to get through the most important areas you'll want to clean before hosting a party. There are also strategies for keeping the mess under control throughout your event. Finally, there are tips for dealing with the aftermath once your guests go home.

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    Best Ways to Make Short Work of Cleaning Before Your Party

    Most people would agree that one of the less pleasant tasks when preparing for a party is the need to clean and tidy your house. We want to put our best foot forward when we invite others into our home, and that usually necessitates at least a little tidying up of the everyday mess. Learn tips to clean up in under 15 minutes.

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    Cleaning Checklist for Hosting Houseguests

    Your fastidious Aunt Elsie is going to stay at your house for the weekend. She likes to point out untidiness and dirt like an ill-mannered grammarian likes to point out your incorrect usage of "who" and "whom." You have a day to prepare for her stay. What do you clean, and what do you leave? Put together a bulletproof checklist of what you should clean before those white-gloved houseguests arrive.

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    Keeping Tidy During Your Party

    As the host, you've planned the menu, prepared the food, set out the buffet, and you feel like everything is under control. Then your guests arrive and the eating and drinking begins. And along with the fun comes the chaos of dirty dishes, glasses, and serving pieces. While you don't want to make your guests feel uncomfortable by cleaning your house while you should be visiting with them and enjoying your party, there are little things you can do to keep the mess under control. Bring...MORE dirty dishes into the kitchen, refill overflowing trash cans with new bags, and also check the powder room for cleanliness.

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    Cleaning Up Spills

    Your table cloth doesn't need to be tossed into the rag pile if candle wax drips on it. Removing pesky wax isn't as difficult as you'd think.

    Wine stains on the carpet or linens should also be dealt with quickly in order to properly remove them.

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    After the Guests Go Home

    You might be worn out and ready for bed after a long evening of hosting a party but be sure to tidy up a bit by collecting glasses, wiping the counters, and loading the dishwasher before retiring for the night. You'll be much happier waking up to a semi-clean house in the morning.