How To Clear Out Your Kitchen After An Impromptu Birthday Party

This is something that happens all the time with friends and family.

One of the best ways to enjoy dinner is by enjoying a beer or glass of wine at the bar. After the party, we’re left to clean the kitchen, wash dishes, pick up the mail and make our way to the bedroom. Although an impromptu birthday party can serve as many functions, our favorite is the last step in the party. It’s one of the most fun ways to clean up the kitchen after a party is over. Here’s how to clean out our kitchen after an impromptu birthday party.

Step 1:

Place a towel on your work surface.  Place a plate of water on top to absorb the remnants of the food.

Step 2:  

Start by using a kitchen brush to thoroughly clean the countertops.  Don’t be stingy!  You want to make sure everything’s dry.  I like to use this great old-school tool called  a  Brine Tosser .

Step 3:

For stubborn surfaces, dust them with a damp Q tips.  It will help soften the grime.

Step 4:  

Take all of the dishes and dry them thoroughly before placing them back into the laundry basket.  Then fold them neatly into two piles and put them into the dryer.  They do not have to stay dry, but you might as well.

Step 5:

Dry thoroughly and set them out to dry.  I usually do one set for the bedroom, and one set for the living room.  This way, you do not have to deal with sticky kitchen towels or messy clothes.  I usually don’t do anything for the living room unless I’m doing it during the middle of the night.

Once your kitchen is ready, you can go to bed.

If you were a little too heavy-handed during the dishes and the laundry, do me a favor and go back and scrub the dishes and the laundry with a little bit of soapy water.  You can always do a little cleaning again in your evening if you need to, but a little scrubbing is a nice last step.

For a quick birthday party, a quick clean up will mean the difference between a perfect meal you can enjoy and one you had to clean up!

*If you are having guests that need some special accommodations, such as a wheelchair-deteriorating apartment, you can set them up at the other end of the hallway, and you have a few options for cleaning.

For example, if your apartment has a wheelchair-deteriorating staircase that is facing the living room, you can set the guests down between the staircase and the bedroom, next to a large curtain.  Then simply run each floor in this area three times in order to get all of the grime out.  Since there are two staircases, you can take the floor down to the bottom one, put the guest on it, put the floor back up again, and then take the floor down to the other one, and repeat the entire process.  At the same time, you can have the staircases facing the bedroom.  Now it would be necessary to run the guest through the stairwell twice, and then take the floor down to the top one, put the guest on it, and then put the floor back up. This method is very inexpensive and very efficient.