Between the delectable menu and the endless laughter, hosting a holiday get-together is always a good idea—until the guests leave. Once they go home, it’s just you and the mess left behind. Here are a few tips to help you stay ahead of the mess and limit the amount of work for you the next day.
Take the trash out
We get it. You’re full, you’re tired, and it’s dark outside. The last thing you probably want to do is take out the trash. However, waking up to a full (and stinky) trash can is not how you’ll want to start your morning. Take the trash out as soon as your guests leave. You’ll be grateful you did!
Utilize the dishwasher
The dishwasher can be your saving grace. It’s best to ensure that it’s empty before your guests arrive. Continue to fill it after each course, and run it during the main course. This way, once your company leaves, all you’ll have to do is empty it, refill it, and wake up to clean dishes.
Box up leftovers
We all know how delicious holiday leftovers can be, but storing them can be a huge chore if you’re not properly prepared. While you’re planning the meal, make sure that an abundance of containers and baggies are within reach. Both will make it easy to clear plates, store the leftovers, and give your guests something to take with them when they leave.
While a deep clean isn’t urgent the night of, taking note of any spills can help avoid pesky stains from setting in. Once your company departs, take a walk around each room, especially the dining room and living room, and evaluate the damage. Just remember: tackling a spill is a lot easier than having to replace a piece of furniture.