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How to tidy up after a party - fast

29th January 2020 Print

We’ve all been there, you’ve just awaken from a party the night before and you’re head’s in a daze. You’re trying to remember what happened. Your house is an absolute tip, filled to the rafters with bottles and plastic cups. And just to top it off, you’re pretty hangover too. No-one enjoys to chill surrounded by mess and even though tidying after having fun isn’t fun, it’s always worth it in the end when you can finally sit on your settee without half-empty cans digging into your rear.

This guide explores some of the quickest ways you can clean up after a party, so you can focus on the most important thing — the road to recovery!

Planning ahead

The best way to cut down your cleaning time after the party is to prepare before the party. Putting refuse sacks in each room not only stops you trailing a heavy, partially split bag through your house while spilling dregs from bottles and cans — this can also encourage your guests to put their rubbish in the refuse sack when they’ve finished their drink.

You may as well go ahead and empty your bins before guests come over, so if they are thoughtful drunks, they can head straight to the kitchen to put their rubbish in the bin (and probably get another drink. Okay, maybe they’re not that thoughtful). So, make sure it isn’t bursting at the seams before anyone arrives.

If you have one, empty your dishwasher pre-party. In the morning, the first thing that you should do is clear your kitchen counters and surfaces to get everything away washing while you get started on the rest of the house. Glasses and dishes will be the main culprit of the mess, so once they’re dealt with, things will already look a lot better. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill a washing up bowl with hot water and washing up liquid and let everything soak in there for the time being. Lay a towel out for extra drying room.

And while you’re at being an organised party animal, save your surfaces the pain of being stained by ring marks and get some coasters down! This will save you buffing them off later with non-gel toothpaste.

Freshen up

The smell of stale alcohol and hangover is one of complete horror. Before you begin the deep cleanse, open all your windows to circulate fresh air throughout the house. This will make a massive difference to how clean your house feels.

If you have any about, get some candles and air freshener diffusers and place them around your house. Not only will this fight off any unwelcome smells but will also set a nice atmosphere for your delicate self.

From front to back

Get yourself a bucket of warm water and cleaner along with a sponge and cloth and get to the front door where it all started. Wipe down all the surfaces so that you can get rid of those invisible sticky stains that’ll catch you off guard in the future. Work your way through your house so that one chore is done and dusted. Literally. 

Carpet cleanliness

If you have any tough stains that look like they’ll be a nightmare to get out, mix four tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with ¼ cup of water and scrub. After, mound some bicarbonate on the stains and leave to work out the stain while you clean the rest of your house.

When you’ve finished cleaning everything else, vacuum last so that you can get the bicarbonate dust up, as well as any other rubbish you may have dropped along the way.

Now get a shower, get your pyjamas on, order a takeaway and stick your favourite film on. You’ve earned it!