by April Reinhardt
(last updated December 30, 2013)
I have a supervisor at work who loves to recount the tale of her exhausting wedding reception cleanup. She had worked for days to prepare for the after-wedding party by making pans of lasagna, ensuring her husband-to-be picked up the cheesecake to serve 100 people, decorated the outside venue herself, and made each table centerpiece by hand. At the end of the party, all of the guests left, taking centerpieces and leftover food with them, leaving her and her new husband with all of he cleanup until well after three o'clock in the morning.
Have you found yourself in a similar situation while entertaining visitors and houseguests through the Christmas season? I have. But, throughout the years, I have found ways to play the role of hostess, while still having the time to enjoy my guests and be part of the party. Cleaning up after Christmas visitors can be easily accomplished if you follow these tips and guidelines:
If you're having a particularly large crowd, you could hire a maid to come in the next day to help with the cleanup. Several maid services offer special discounts throughout the holidays. Find one online or in your phone book. The key to cleaning up after Christmas visitors is to plan ahead, get help, and make your visitors self-sufficient by having everything for their use at-hand.
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