For many people, the holidays are best spent with family and friends. Whether it’s Christmas, New Year, or Easter these are the perfect occasions to gather those who are closest and dearest to you. But hosting a holiday party is not an easy feat. Some of the key elements to ensure a successful party include a fantastic holiday feast, overflowing (and age-appropriate) drinks, and a house to impress! All these require planning and preparation.
With all the time required to send out invitations, shopping for food and drinks, and the general hustle and bustle of the season, you might not have a lot of time to spare to clean and get the house ready for your guests! If you’re a bit short on time, focusing on the essentials can help spruce up your home in time for the holiday parties! Here are 5 quick and simple ways to get your home holiday-ready.
Make sure you have enough space
First things first, you need to determine if you have enough space at home to host and entertain guests. How many guests are you inviting? Depending on how many people you’re expecting, you may choose to hold the holiday festivities indoors or outdoors if you have a large backyard. Do you have enough chairs and tables? You may need to consider renting or borrowing chairs and tables if you’re getting ready for a large feast!
Move all clutter away from areas your guests will be frequenting
If you’re having an indoor party, your guests will most likely linger and socialise in your living and dining rooms. Make sure these rooms are tidy and organised by moving any clutter such as magazines, books, children’s toys, mails, and bills into bedrooms so that they are out of sight. Without the clutter, your living and dining areas will also appear much more spacious and comfortable for your guests.
Also check that your entry has space for guests to hang their jackets or leave their shoes. Move any jumpers, coats, or shoes to your bedroom closet and save that space in the entry for any items your guests might need to hang or park.
Vacuum carpets, rugs and couches
Dusty, soiled and dirty carpets, rugs and couches can make your guests feel uncomfortable and get in the way of merry-making! If you’ve been consistently vacuuming (at least twice a week), then this won’t be too difficult for you to do. But if there are stubborn stains and deep-seated dirt that you can’t get out yourself, then have a professional steam carpet cleaning scheduled right away. This not only gives your carpet a thorough and impressive clean, but also frees up some of your time so that you can focus on other tasks in your to-do list.
If you are booking a professional steam carpet cleaning service, make sure to do this well ahead of time as professional cleaners tend to be fully booked during the holiday season. So secure your slot early!
Keep your bathrooms pristine and fully stocked
Dirty tiles and grout are nasty and can turn your guests off. Make sure your bathroom walls and floors are clean! You can scrub down the bathroom and toilets yourself, or you can also book a professional tile and grout cleaning service. Again, having the professionals come in frees up your time and more importantly, they make sure that your bathroom tiles are not only sparkling clean, but also free from disease-causing mould and bacteria.
Also make sure that your sink and toilets are clean and sanitised. Keep enough toilet paper, hand soap, hand sanitiser, and fresh towels and linens for your guests to use. You may also want to get a plug in air-freshener or scented candles to keep your bathroom smelling fresh too!
Take out the rubbish
Before the party, clear out all rubbish bins and place in fresh bags in the bins. You can also put an old newspaper underneath the bins to soak in oil, grease, or any liquid from the rubbish the guests may throw in. This will make cleaning after the party so much easier!
Finally, raid your fridge and freezer before the party and organise it completely. Throw out any old or expired goods. This means you have more space to chill beverages and keep leftovers if there are plenty!
Preparing your home for the holiday festivities can be a lot of hard work, but don’t let it dampen your holiday cheer! Ask help from family members when needed. Cleaning can be fun when it’s a group effort and have your favourite Christmas carols playing in the background to keep spirits high!
If you’re quite busy and don’t have much time to spare for cleaning pre and post party, don’t hesitate to book a professional carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, couch cleaning or tile and grout cleaning service. Call our team at Wizard on 9323 1474 for a thorough pre and post party clean.