#1 Every bathroom in the house needs to be sparkly clean:
A few days before the event be sure to deep clean the bathrooms. Even if you have a designated guest bathroom, do this for all of the bathrooms in your house. There is always a guest that asks if they could use the upstairs bathroom because Aunt Silvia is using the guest bath. The day before go in and wipe the toilets and counter tops down again, and do the same on the morning of the event, this time clean all of the mirrors, faucets and anything that is shiny.
#2 Declutter your kitchen counter tops and cabinets:
If you are cooking you will need the counters cleared for extra prep space. The cabinets should be nice and neat as well. This is the one time of year where your relatives that offer to help will feel comfortable snooping through your cabinets, fridge, pantry, etc. to assist you in preparing meals and drinks. It’s great to have help, not so great for them to find your collection of random unaccompanied Tupperware lids.
#3 Dust and Shine, Everything In Sight:
If you don’t have time to deep clean the areas where your guests will gather, just grab a duster and pick up every last piece of lint and dust on visible surfaces. Similarly clean all the glass, mirrors, or anything shiny with glass cleaner. Be sure to do a once over the morning of to make sure no tiny fingerprints have made their way back. Those always pop up when you least expect it! The kids can help with this one!
#4 Set the Dinner Table Ahead of Time:
The day of can be hectic, do as much as you can the day before. If you have a designated area for hors d’ ouevres, drinks, dessert, or more, set them up ahead of time. Set the dinner table (s) too. This can take some time to do so the earlier you can get it done and ready, the less time you’ll spend on it come party day. You can spend that time cooking, and even mingling with your guests!
#5 Deep Clean Your Carpets:
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