10 Birthday Party Cleanup Tips


Ready to scrape off icing from the floor and wash handprints off the walls?
Ready to scrape off icing from the floor and wash handprints off the walls?
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In a lot of ways, dealing with a birthday party for kids is a lot easier than a party for adults. Since they don't drink or smoke, there are no wine stains or gross cigarette butts to pick up. And while talking to a kid may sometimes feel as painful as talking to your husband's dull-as-dishwater boss, he won't hold it against you if you yawn mid-conversation.

On the other hand, adults at parties rarely throw tantrums, spit out their food or get so excited that they pee. You take the good with the bad.

If you're planning a birthday party for a child, there's definitely going to be some collateral damage. Coming up are 10 ways to make sure that your house doesn't look like a war zone after all the kids go home. At the very least, we'll help you get it back to normal as quickly as possible.