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Make Party Clean-up Easier!

I know people complain about clean-up being the worst part of throwing a party, but quite frankly, I’ve always found the mess in my kids’ bedrooms to be far more obnoxious than any party I’ve ever thrown or attended.

But then again, I’m a clean-as-you-go kinda gal which makes it so much quicker to wrap it all up when the last of the guests heads for home.

Make it as easy as possible for your guests to help you clean up!

• Take the party outside. I have a nice long outdoor party season where I live, so that helps a ton.

• When people bring dishes to pass, save the foil wrap, tins and bags.  It makes it easy to pack things up again and send leftovers home with people.

• Use disposable dishware and utensils, and then toss them in the recycling bin when the party ends. There are some really nice eco-friendly party supplies nowadays.

disposable plates and cutlery

• Line two separate garbage containers with Glad black trash bags, and then label one as recyclables and one as trash. Make them VISIBLE to guests. If they see them, they’ll use them, and when they get filled up, replace them with empty bags.


To show how well their bags do the job, check out this video where Glad’s Black Bag Trash Crasher team crashes a party, gets out of hand, but ultimately saves the day. It’s pretty entertaining.

I wouldn’t mind party crashers if they helped me clean up!

Brought to you by Glad® Black bag. Tough messes are a cinch with Glad® Black Bag.


What’s the worst party clean-up you’ve ever had to deal with?

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About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. We always hate the cleanup before the party. Making sure our house looks presentable. I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks at getting the house to a manageable position so we don’t have to do the super clean before the party. I do like the day after the party because my house is sparkly clean :)

  2. These are great clean up tips! After a few years of hosting home birthday parties for my children, I always prefer to take it somewhere else, like a trampoline place or Chuck E Cheese. The extra price you pay is worth the hassle you save!

  3. My friends 21st birthday – — everyone TRASHED the place!
    Then, we had to go and clean up the next morning – TOTALLY HUNG OVER :(