Prepping and Making the Most Out Of a July Fourth Night

Summer is here, and it’s time to prep for a fabulous 4th of July for family and friends. Here at Real Simple Clean, we have tons of ideas to help you get ready. Then you can just relax, socialize, and enjoy the party on the day.

 

Shopping

First, brainstorm. Sit and make a shopping list. You’ll want to have everything on hand and plenty for your guests.

How many are you expecting? Are you having a BBQ, picnic, or after dinner snacks before the fireworks? It’s up to you to decide what you will provide.

Ask each person coming to bring something if that helps to lighten the load. Everyone will be happy to contribute drinks, side salad, or dessert.

Then you can concentrate on providing the main part of the meal, or have lots of snacks on hand, depending on the time you start the party.

Another good idea is to make a to-do list for areas to clean and tidy around the home. Make a party playlist on your computer or phone for party ambiance, and have a party outfit planned if you like, in red, white, and blue, of course!

Next, get shopping! Go in advance to beat the rush. Buy everything on the list that is non-perishable in the week before the 4th. Set aside the items for the party away from family members who might want a sneaky start on those chips or snacks!

 

Kitchen Cleaning

Besides the menu and food shopping, there is the matter of cleaning the house. (Well, the common living areas, anyway!)

There are several things that can be done in advance, while other tasks need to be done just before. The kitchen is the place to start, because you’ll be busy with food preparation and organization in the days before your party.

The cutting board gets a lot of use for chopping vegetables, slicing bread, and all sorts of food preparation. Use our favorite cutting board oil on your cutting board to keep it shiny and in good working order. It is made of all-natural products and keeps the wood moisturized and well-preserved.

For those with stainless steel countertops, it can be hard to stay on top of the smears and everyday mess. Try the natural stainless steel cleaner for all those hard to clean stainless steel surfaces.

Avoid using harsh chemicals that dry out your skin and have a pungent and toxic odor. Stick with all-natural products that are fully tested and free of chemicals, phthalates, parabens, and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients.

Once you’ve done your cutting, chopping, and cooking, it’s time to get the rest of the kitchen looking spotless. After the oven and stovetop cooking is finished, use our cooktop cleaner to make it shine and sparkle. This non-toxic and all-natural formula is for ceramic, glass, and enamel cooktops.

The cooktop cleaner has a few great reviews. Users say it is great at removing water spots, has a pleasant scent, and cleans very well. The Real Simple Clean line of cleaning products combine the simplicity of just a few ingredients with a high-quality clean without toxic chemicals.

 

Common Area Cleaning

Hopefully, the weather is warm and bright for your 4th of July party, so you can make use of outdoor areas. If you have children, get them involved in your preparation process. Children love to help alongside adults when it is a collective effort.

Put on upbeat music and get to work. Pick up all clutter and toys, put into containers and out of the way. If you are a piles kind of person, take all piles of papers and mail into a closed-off room such as office or bedroom. Tidy the children’s rooms as necessary, as kids will most likely tend to wander and play in several areas, including their bedrooms.

Sweep and dust a day or two before the party. Take care of the living room and kitchen, and make sure to clean out the bathroom, too. Change towels, wipe down surfaces and the toilet. Refresh toilet paper and replace the bath mats.

Then add a lightly scented candle to take your work to the next level. Keep it on a shelf out of the reach of young children to keep a fresh scent for the day of the party.

Though most will not enter bedrooms, make all beds and do a quick once-over so you can feel satisfied the house is ready for guests. Then focus on the common areas and outdoor space where most people will congregate.

The night before, have all cutlery, plates, and cups ready with napkins, tablecloths, and placemats. If you plan to have chopped vegetables or fruits and dips, have those pre-cut and in plastic containers for easy access to set out the next day.

 

Finally, enjoy yourself as you celebrate freedom, family, and friendship. Happy 4thfrom Real Simple Clean.

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