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party clean up with kids

The party is over - and the mess remains. 

It's late, and all you want to do is get horizontal.

But leaving the stuff as is can make foods become one with your cookware - never a good thing unless you're trying to get your cookware to multiply.

Here's how to speed clean through party clean up so you don't have to wake up to a headache-inducing morning mess. 

delegate party clean up jobs to your still-awake family members.

Start by delegating the following jobs among your still-awake family members. If you've go any kids under 10, they're better off in bed and out of the way. Older kids, however, are fair free-labor game. Take advantage of it while you can.

1. trash patrol.

Give your youngest non-sleeper a trash bag and instruct him to collect all disposable products for his part of the party cleanup. Remind him that your best silver is not disposable.

2. scrap scrapers.

Have one kid collect dishes, plates, and silverware. Assign another to scrape the leftovers into a trash bag or the garbage disposal. Remind your scrap scrapers that glass, plastic, and paper is recyclable, and show her where the recycling containers are if she's not already familiar with them. 

Recycling patrol is a great way to teach kids about the importance of being environmentally conscious, without requiring too much of them just yet.

3. leftovers inspector.

Mom can decide what's salvageable.

But be careful here. If perishable food has been sitting out too long, you're better off tossing it.

Two hours is the rule for most meats and prepared foods with eggs or cheese.

You don't want food poisoning along with a hangover, do you?

4. glass collector.

The glass clean up collector carefully gathers all glasses and deposits them very carefully by the sink.

5. laundry tosser.

Now that the table is clear, assign a child to hunt and gather tablecloths, napkins, and washable place mats for the laundry. Treat any stains tonight, not tomorrow when they'll have dried to a crisp. Toss them in the washing machine. Turn it on before you retire.

6. party clean up dish washers.

On the counter by the sink, organize the dishes by type. Glasses together, plates, serving dishes, and pots and pans. Now you have a logical order in which to rinse the dishes and load the dishwasher.

This is a two-person job, by the way. Once the dishwasher is full, run it while you hand-wash the pots and serving dishes, and anything else that didn't fit in the dishwasher.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.