Decide which rooms will be used and write a list of spaces that need cleaning.
Give the house a good clean three or four days before and a dust over on the day. Close the doors to rooms that won’t be used.
Create space to allow your guests room to move freely. Clear all bills, newspapers and magazines. Clear surfaces.
A week before your party, clean out your fridge. If you are hiring a caterer, consider leaving shelves for them. If the party is informal consider using disposable platters, plates, glasses and crockery.
Most parties take place in dimly lit and crowded rooms, which means nobody is going to notice if there’s dust under your sofa. Focus on what’s important.
Make it spotless. For an extra touch of hospitality, decorate the bathroom with flowers or candles and fill a basket with mints and hand cream.
Ask family or friends to help prepare. Consider professional house-cleaning help.