Homegate Party: 6 Cleaning Hacks in a Pinch

The Seahawks can’t just go on the field without preparation and expect to win. Having a party for this Sunday’s big game? How about…

6 Cleaning Hacks in a Pinch!

And one can’t throw a party at home without some preparation and expect a clean place to party.

*This post is sponsored by P&G products available at Walmart. All opinion and quick-cleaning strategies are my own.

I’m not saying we have to hire  a house cleaner, but it does take some effort to be tailgate party ready.

Before my homegate party I head to Walmart for all the essentials And I don’t just mean FOOD essentials! I’m talkin’ about items like Bounty paper towels, Swiffer, Febreze, and let’s not forget about Dawn for those rogue, dirty dishes.


Everyone talks about the party food, but what about the cleaning?!

Guests don’t really notice it when it is done, but EVERYBODY notices it when it is NOT done.

Dirty dishes.


Dirty counter and tabletops.


Dog hair taking over the hardwood floors.


Not-so-fresh-ness hanging in the air…

As we gear-up for the next Seahawks game, Walmart is at the top of my list for party and pre-party essentials!

Outside of wiping and swiffering and spritzing the air… what other little techniques help make your home tailgate ready?

6 Cleaning Hacks in a Pinch!

• Delegate. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO MAKES MESSES IN MY HOUSE AND NEITHER ARE YOU, MOM! Keeping cleaning supplies within reach of all really helps that delegation process. My kids are all old enough to have access to cleaning products (that is something moms of littles can look forward to *wink wink*). The kids know where the extra paper towels are, where I keep extra soap and Febreze spray, and where my Swiffer refills are too. These days I can just say, “Swiffer the dog hair!” And the lucky delegatee can dig right on in!

• Keep essentials on hand. When heading to Walmart for your party food, don’t forget about the essential clean-up items… like Bounty paper towels for quick those quick wipe-downs, Swiffer sweeper to quickly take control of dust bunnies, Febreze to freshen up those smellier zones, and Dawn to knock out the last of the dirty dishes.

• Designate a “panic room” or space, and utilize empty baskets! My bedroom is my designated “panic room”. I use laundry baskets and toss scattered items into baskets and put them in my bedroom… and close the door! Joan shared what HER mom’s creative version of a “panic room” in this post on my Facebook Page:


 Love it!

• Start at the door.  Pretend you are a guest and tidy up or clean based on where guests are likely to go. This brilliant tip courtesy Deb!


• Focus on the “health hazards”. Sure, you may not be thrilled about the messy clutter that is taking over (papers, craft supplies, toys, air-drying dishes on the counter), but there is a difference between clutter and a health hazard. I’m talking about the sticky kitchen counters, the toothpasty-spit spots in the kitchen sink (or on the mirror!), and tending the toilet the guests will be using. Bonus: I have two dogs… which means lots of dog hair. No one wants dog hair floating into the bowl of salsa, and finally…

• Consider the fact that if your house isn’t in perfect shape it actually makes people feel a little better about their housekeeping skills! Target the areas that are important to you (for me, it’s the toilets, counters, and dog hair), and don’t sweat the small stuff. Chances are the friends you invited over are your friends and they want to hang out with YOU. They don’t want to hang out with stressed you, and definitely not exhausted-from-cleaning you. Your party people want PARTY YOU!

Party on, Mom. Party on.



Update!!! I got to share my tips on live TV! Check out my segment on New Day Northwest  here!  

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