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How to avoid the big clean-up after a party?

cleaning after party

Many people prefer being a guest at a party rather than the host. Hosting a party can be stressful: preparing food, organizing entertainment and then dealing with dreaded post-party clean-up. While a party can be great fun at the time, when your home is left a mess, you can quickly find yourself swearing off parties.

But if you don’t like cleaning up, it doesn’t mean you can’t ever host a party. All you have to do is be prepared and minimize the potential mess made. Just follow our tips and tricks and you can have a great party without the painful clean-up.

To-do list for BEFORE the party:

  • Establish party space

The best space for parties at home is outside. This can make it easier to clean up and easily restricts the mess to outside.

However, if you don’t have an outdoor entertaining area, you can still minimize mess. All you need to do is establish the boundaries of the party. For instance, close doors to rooms you don’t want guests entering, like bedrooms or home offices.

Make it clear where the party is by decorating and setting out food and drinks too. When choosing decorations, avoid decorations that shed, like those covered in glitter or made from tinsel. Paper lanterns are a great option as they can be easily stored and reused.

To protect your belongings, store anything precious or breakable outside of the party space. You can even put rugs away if you’re worried about stains.

  • Pick food and drinks wisely

When planning your party menu, keep in mind the likelihood of spills. Certain dishes are more likely to spill, like soups or snacks dripping in oil, and leave a stain.

It can help to also keep food to specific areas of your home. For instance, it may be better to host a traditional dinner party where everyone eats at the table rather than a more low-key affair where people walk about eating snacks.

To protect surfaces from stains, you can use coasters and place-mats. This can also help to direct guests as to where they should be eating.

  • Clean party area beforehand

Before the party starts, make sure you clean the party area to minimize what you have to clean up at the end of the night. This ensures that you have a neat home for guests to enjoy as well.

  • Make it possible to clean throughout the party

With the invention of disposable dishes, glasses and cutlery, it’s gotten easier to clean up as the party goes on. Make sure guests know where they can dispose of their items by making bins visible.

Or for an eco-friendlier approach, hire crockery, cutlery and glasses and leaving the cleaning for the rental company.

If you’re intending on using your own dishes and glasses, make it easy to clean as you go by making sure the dishwasher is empty before the party starts. This way, you have somewhere to put dirty dishes without letting them pile up. And then when the party is over, you just need to start the machine.

Be ready to spot clean as needed throughout the night too. Have some cleaning supplies ready, like paper towels or a microfiber cloth as well as a suitable cleaning agent. Stains need to be dealt with quickly, so don’t wait until the party is over to tackle them.

To-do list for AFTER the party:

  • Throw out or store leftovers

As soon as the last guest leaves, turn your attention to any leftover food. Make a decision now about whether you’re keeping it or throwing it out. Don’t leave this decision until morning, otherwise food may go off and attract pests, like cockroaches and ants.

Store leftovers in sealed containers in your fridge or pantry. Bag up anything you’re going to throw away and put it in an outside rubbish bin to prevent unpleasant odors in your home.

  • Wash dishes

Run the dishwasher if you’ve been packing it throughout the night. For other plates and glasses, wash them in the sink or dispose of them if possible. Do this before going to bed as food can be much harder to wash off plates and bowls when left to sit. It can also make your home smell unpleasant.

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  • Wipe down surfaces

Wipe down all surfaces to ensure no crumbs or spills are left. This is also good practice for ensuring your home is hygienic. Remember to do kitchen countertops, coffee tables and anywhere else guests may have set food and drink down on.

Do a quick check around the rest of your house for missed spills as well. If you spot any, clean them up as best as you can before they have any more time to settle in.

  • Sweep and vacuum

Finally, finish the clean-up by sweeping and vacuuming. You can leave this until the next day if you don’t think your neighbors will appreciate hearing a vacuum late at night. However, it’s best to get this done as soon as possible to deal with any dirt, dust and crumbs that have fallen on your floor. 

  • Call professionals

The easiest way to clean your home after a party is to hire cleaning professionals. They can handle washing dishes, carpet cleaning and taking out the rubbish, among many other tasks. You can also schedule them ahead of time. Cleaning should never get in the way of a good time. So don’t let it stop you from throwing a great party with friends and family. Just remember the tips we’ve discussed and you can make the clean-up all the easier.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Nursery

Nursery Room

Having a new addition to the family can be one of the greatest things in life. However, this joy comes with big responsibilities. From purchasing a crib to picking the right toys – you need to take care when creating the perfect nursery for your child. Children are very sensitive to their surroundings, so you need a nursery specially designed for them. But this can be a tricky task. So, here are some tips to help you create a perfect nursery for your baby.

Safety comes first!

The safety of your kid should be top priority with every decision you make while designing the nursery. Kids are curious and aren’t aware of possible dangers around the home. Simple things like electrical cords and blinds can present great risks to them. If you aren’t certain if an item is safe for your child, research and find out. Your child should not be left alone for long periods of times either.

Lighting

Lighting and the ability to control it is essential to any nursery. Young children will need to nap during the day, so you need to make the space dark enough to sleep in easily even when the sun is shining. Use black-out blinds or curtains for this.

You can use small nightlights or string lights to add a little light to the space if your child is afraid of the dark or to help you quickly check on them as they sleep.

The nursery should also receive plenty of natural light. Exposure to natural light can improve and help with your child’s sleep patterns.

Pick a style or theme for your decor

Choose a style or theme that suits your home and child. There are lots to choose from and having a set style or theme can make it easy to shop for furniture and decor. This is because you can easily discount items that do not match the theme.

Here are a few examples of popular nursery themes:

  • Jungle — Choose greens and browns to create a natural feeling space. You can even use natural materials like jute or sea grass to add texture to rugs or decor. Make sure there are plenty of colorful and cheerful characters too, like lions, giraffes and zebras.
  • Fairy tale — Fairy tales are a childhood favorite. From sleeping princesses, dashing knights and flying dragons, there’s plenty to get a child’s imagination going. Pick rich colors and materials, like red and velvet. Add some magical or royal touches like a draping curtain or a friendly knight to tie the room together.
  • Under the sea—The ocean is almost like another world, with brightly colored fish and plants. Create a calming underwater atmosphere in your child’s room with some soft blues. Make sure to have plenty of fish featured, whether they’re in pictures, part of a mobile or a cuddly friend.
  • Dinosaurs—All kids love dinosaurs and a dinosaur nursery is easy to achieve. Pick greens and browns for base colors. Then you’ve got plenty of options for dinosaur-patterned fabric, as well as books and toys.
Perfect Nursery with carpet cleaning

Be prepared for mess

Young kids are very active and don’t always know exactly what they should or shouldn’t do. When they start playing, they might quickly make a mess in their excitement.

To make it easy to clean up these messes, plan your nursery accordingly. Choose furniture and textiles that are easy to clean and highly durable. You want to be able to spend as much time with your child as possible, rather than having to forgo that bonding time for carpet cleaning.

Nursing station

For ease and a quick clean-up, have a designated nursing space in your child’s room. Have sturdy furniture and everything you need ready. Then you can nurse your child without any problems.

Changing area

It will be some time until your child is toilet trained. As a result, you’ll need to be ready for dirty nappies. A space to change them is vital for a nursery. Make sure it can be easily sanitized and that your child will be safe. Have everything handy so you can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Storage

Kids need a lot of stuff so storage is a must in any room. Try and be creative, incorporating storage into furniture. For items that children shouldn’t play with, make sure these are out for each or can be locked away. Toys and other things meant for children should be easily accessible so kids can play as they wish.

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Be creative but flexible

Decorate your child’s room as you want but remember to keep the design flexible. Firstly, this is to ensure that the room is as safe as possible. But also so that the room can grow you’re your child. Your child may become embarrassed if the room is too young for them.

Additionally, as they grow older certain items may not be necessary and should be easy to replace.

Have fun creating your child’s nursery but always keep safety mind.