We recently had a small birthday party for our granddaughter who just turned four. Our guest list included 10 adults and 2 children. We served dinner, dessert (cake, of course) and opened presents – not a lot of activities and not a lot of people, but we sure made a mess!
And that’s always the bad part about having a party of any size – the clean-up. But it has to be done. So I’ve come up with a strategy for clean-up that works for me. Here’s what I do:
1. De-clutter (I consider this the easy part.)
- Remove the decorations, if any;
- Pick up all the trash;
- Gather all the dishes and put them on the kitchen counter;
- Move furniture and accessories back where they belong.
- Wash the dishes. For this party we used paper plates and cups which eliminated some dishes but there were still a lot to be washed. I filled up the dishwasher but then went ahead and washed the rest by hand. I could have waited until the dishwasher was finished and then washed the rest but I wanted to get it all done.
- Sweep and/or vacuum the floors.
- Mop, if needed.
You’ll notice I didn’t mention putting the food away. That’s because I usually put the food away right after the party. But I save the rest of the clean-up for the next day.
What’s your strategy for post-party clean-up?