You can be proud to open your doors to party guests -- even when your preparation time runs out before your usual cleaning routine is complete.
Ideally, you will have scheduled plenty of time to clean all the nooks and crannies, organize clutter, and scrub each room until it's gleaming. Unfortunately, life doesn't always present you with ideal situations. When guests are scheduled to arrive in just an hour or two, pay attention to the spaces most central to your party.
Organize your cleaning plan, and don't linger on any single cleaning chore. Remember, this isn't a deep clean. Hit the important areas, clean only what you must, and move on.
Quick action can make you the hostess who impresses -- even under pressure. When preparing for a party, every home has different priorities. Customize this preparty cleaning plan to suit your home and entertaining space.
Start by reviewing the condition of these guest-focused party locales:
- Guest bathrooms and powder rooms
- Living or family areas that serve as the main party venue.
Scan the areas quickly to identify immediate problems. Then follow the recommendations on the next page to get your house party-ready in a flash.
Editor's Tip: Make your one-hour preparty cleanup even easier. Review our 1-Hour Quick-Clean Checklist, available below, to make sure you don't overlook a messy spot, and guests will never know you did all your cleaning in an hour.
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