The last guest has finally left. You close the door behind them and turn around to face your mess. Whether you decide to begin addressing it right now or would rather start in the morning, cleanup is inevitable.
If your office party had a huge turnout, the mess might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! These simple tips and tricks will help expedite the process and make your space orderly again in no time.
1. Collect and Clear Garbage
The easiest way to begin cleaning is to collect and clear out all the food, drinks and other garbage left over from the night before. Grab a garbage bag — or a few — and search every room for trash. Empty out ashtrays, pour half-empty beer bottles down the drain and toss all the empty pizza boxes.
Once you can finally see the floor and furniture, you can begin to assess how dirty your space is and what kinds of cleaning supplies you may need for the job.
2. Stack the Dishwasher
With everything up off the floor and tables, you can now begin to focus on cleaning. Start in the kitchen where you’ve likely placed all the sticky glasses, plates and silverware. Place as much as you can inside the dishwasher, then begin cleaning everything else by hand.
3. Clean Your Grill
If you hosted a barbeque or cookout, you must clean the grill promptly after cooking food on it. While still hot, or aluminum foil. Additionally, clean the grease drip bucket and be sure to wipe down the exterior as well.
If you must use soap or water, empty the hopper first to prevent clogging the auger. Immediate cleaning like this will ensure your grill functions properly for years to come.
4. Address Rooms One By One
Once you’ve rid your building of grime and trash, begin deep cleaning the rooms one by one. Start with the one furthest from the kitchen and work your way in. This method will prevent you from trailing through spaces you’ve already cleaned.
5. Spot Treat
As you clean, you’ll inevitably find a few stains here and there from food or — God forbid — red wine. While it’s important to act quickly to remove stains, if you’re cleaning the morning after, there is still hope of getting them out of your carpet or couch cushion.
6. Buff Out Scuffs
Did your guests’ high heels do a number on your beautiful hardwood floors? Buff scuffs out in just a few minutes with a few generic household items. First, to remove scuff marks. Then, take off any remaining ones with a tennis ball.
If these methods fail, your last option is to mix baking soda and water and scrub away. You might also try using a non-gel toothpaste. When the scuffs are entirely gone, wipe the floor dry with a towel.
How to Clean Up After an Office Event
If your office event was a success, you might have a bit of a mess to clean up. Luckily, with the tips above, you can make any space clean and organized once again.