Speedy Kitchen Cleaning

How to quickly clean up before the big party

This blog post will help you out when you need a "Speedy Kitchen Cleaning". And since it is that spooky time of year, we will offer some "tricks and treats" to quickly clean your kitchen before a Halloween party.

Page last modified on 2017-10-29

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      Julie Baka

Many people consider Thanksgiving to be the kick off for the Holiday party season, but in our home it starts with the annual Halloween Party. This blog post is going to talk about getting your house ready for company.

One of the preliminary steps to preparing for guests is to have a good idea of how many are coming and how you are going to feed them. My general rule is to pretend every guest is a VIP, even if it is family that has seen my house in it's worst state.

One of the preliminary steps to preparing for guests is to have a good idea of how many are coming and how you are going to feed them. My general rule is to pretend every guest is a VIP, even if it is family that has seen my house in it's worst state.

So now you're thinking, "I will never be able to have someone over because my house is never in good enough shape for a VIP". You are wrong. It really does not take that long to get your home into party condition - if you use a few tricks.

First decide what rooms your guest will be in. There is no reason to worry about any room that will not be seen. The big bonus is that you can take advantage of the un-used rooms to hide some of that clutter that needs to be stashed away.

Here is my quick Party Cleaning system. I will use the kitchen as an example. You can take the ideas and apply them to every room where your guest will go.

Start at the top. Which in the kitchen means cleaning the ceiling fan first. I keep an old pillowcase for this job. I cover each blade and wipe them top and bottom. The dust and dirt all stays in the pillowcase. I then take it out side, shake it out, and then put it in the laundry. Next I use a long handled duster and run it around crown molding, then I dust up and down the corners.

Working my way down the walls, I use a damp cloth to wipe off the light switches, door knobs and any other spots that I notice. We wash the windows next. Then it is time to wipe down the area around the handles on my upper cabinets. I do not worry about wiping down the whole upper cabinet fronts unless I see bad fingerprints or dirt there. Remember we are not doing a deep cleaning job, we're getting ready for a party and we don't have time for all that.

Now it is time for the counter tops. This is where those un-used rooms come in handy for stashing the clutter. Put EVERYTHING that normally sits on the counter tops away; the coffee pot, the blender, and maybe even the microwave. Everything that you do not need for the party gets put it in the extra rooms. Then wipe off the counter so that it is ready for last minute food prep, serving, and drinks.

 

Halloween themed fancy drinks

 

Now it is time for the counter tops. This is where those un-used rooms come in handy for stashing the clutter. Put EVERYTHING that normally sits on the counter tops away; the coffee pot, the blender, and maybe even the microwave. Everything that you do not need for the party gets put it in the extra rooms. Then wipe off the counter so that it is ready for last minute food prep, serving, and drinks.

Next is the refrigerator. Take the time to actually throw out old leftovers, and that jar of Uncle Bert's pickled pig's feet that he left at the last party. Be realistic - if you haven't eaten it yet, you probably never will. The rule about starting at the top still stands, start at the top of your fridge and work your way down. I like to use a white vinegar and water solution for cleaning the inside of my refrigerator because it leaves the shelves clean with no chemical smell. While you are moving items around, wipe off any sticky goo from the outside of the ketchup or barbeque sauce bottles. Once the inside is clean, take a moment to wipe off the top and outside. Spend an extra minute scrubbing the handles since they are usually dirty and your guests may be touching them.

We are getting close to the bottom now. Wipe down the fronts of the lower cabinets. They always seem to be icky. Also clean the outside of stove. For more info on cleaning your stove watch for next week's post. The very bottom is the floor, and it is done last. At least give it a good sweep. If you have enough time and energy, you can damp mop it. Be sure to keep the kids and pets off the damp floor.

I know you are thinking, "Wow, I will never get all this wiping done". Remember that this is not a deep clean where we need to remove every tiny germ and spec of dirt. This is surface cleaning so that your home looks sparkly for your guest. Approach it methodically, get one room completely done before you move on to the next one. Doing it this way keeps me from getting distracted, and it gets the job done fast.

Have a great party season!

 

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