We can’t believe we’re saying this already, but the holidays are fast approaching! In the midst of working, shopping, wrapping presents, and decorating, this season is notorious for leaving little time to prep your home for hosting the perfect holiday party. Thankfully, we’ve got some multitasking tips and tricks to take you from frazzled to dazzled faster than you can say “tinsel!”
Tip #1: Layer Your Tasks
A popular method for maximizing time is to layer tasks in order of things you can walk away from to tasks needing hands-on attention. For example:
- Load your dishwasher and have it run while you clean your floors. Tip: Start loading the smallest dishes first. You might be left with larger dishes to hand wash, but there will be fewer than loading the larger ones first.
- If you’re baking or cooking, preheat the oven or stovetop while prepping what you’re cooking.
- Spray down your bathroom and let it sit for a few minutes while you tidy up the living room. When you come back to it, you’ll hardly need to scrub, saving you time and energy!
Tip #2: Utilize Time-Saving Apps
Party prep is more than cleaning and staging — it’s food and beverage prep, too! But, who has time for grocery shopping? Save yourself some time and energy by using a food delivery app like Instacart. This app allows you to select a local participating grocery store and have the food items you need delivered right to your door.
Do you have someone helping you with your party prep? Keep tasks organized with a to-do list app like Wunderlist, which allows you to share to-do lists with friends.
Tip #3: Clean with Multi-use Tools
The floors need sweeping, the rug needs a refresh, and the furniture is covered in dust and pet hair. Who has time to grab a broom, dustpan, vacuum, and feather duster? Leave them all in the closet and use a multi-purpose tool instead! Our favorite is Hoover’s ONEPWR Blade MAX Cordless Vacuum. With the ability to transform from an upright vacuum to a handheld unit, it gives the maximum cleaning power you need to tackle any job on almost any surface in mere minutes. Plus, it has an interchangeable battery that can power other tools in the ONEPWR line, like the Hoover ONEPWR FloorMate Jet, saving you time across all your cleaning needs.
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Tip #4: In Case of Emergency: Throw it in a Bin!
We’ve all been there. You’ve done everything you can to prep FOR the actual party, but there’s five minutes until guests arrive and you realize your home isn’t exactly dazzling. Don’t panic! You may not have time for a deep clean, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least look tidy. Grab a bin, set a timer for five minutes, put on some of your favorite high-energy music, then GO! Grab as many clutter culprits into the bin as you can, but only for the rooms you know guests will see. When you’re done, stash the bin in a hidden location like a bedroom closet or the trunk of your car.