The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FOCUS - Source Julie Wil­son, the­high­heeled­host­

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.

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