Bob Vila Radio: Late Night Party Cleanup

Don't wait until the next morning to clean up after a holiday party. Follow these simple tips on the-night-of to make post-party cleanup less painful.

By Roseann Foley Henry | Published Dec 29, 2013 5:00 AM

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Holiday parties are great fun, and being the host means you don’t have to travel home afterwards. But it also means you’re stuck with the cleanup. Here are a few ways to make that less painful.


Listen to BOB VILA ON LATE NIGHT PARTY CLEANUP or read the text below:

Late Night Party Cleanup


First, do a quick walk through every room your guests were in to look for spills that need immediate attention. It’s much better to blot them now before they set overnight. Any glasses that were left on wood furniture need to be picked up right away, to prevent water rings. If you do spot a ring, tackle it quickly with a paste of baking soda and water. You can also use toothpaste (not the gel kind) to get out rings.

As you’re walking through each room, pick up any cups, napkins, or other trash that needs to be thrown out, and collect any plates, glasses, or utensils that need to be washed or recycled. Clear out one room at a time, gathering everything that’s left to deal with in one place — the kitchen. You should be able to get most of your home looking decent again in no time, with the wreckage confined to the kitchen. If it’s getting late, put away any leftover food, then go to bed and deal with the mess in the morning!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.