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Published On
October 12, 2023

Event Cleanup And Organization: A Detailed Checklist for this Holiday Season

Written By
Osi Egwuogu

Wondering why we’re talking about event cleanups? Well, we are smack dab in the middle of spooky Halloween season, which will give way to Thanksgiving and Christmastime. The Holiday Trifecta! For event organizers and venue owners, it's also the season to host remarkable holiday celebrations. 

The key to hosting successful holiday events lies in thorough preparation, a whole lot of cleaning, and a little sprinkle of creativity. In this blog post, we'll dive into the heart of holiday event preparation, giving you critical cleaning and organizing tips you’ll need from start to finish.

Essential Pre-Event Preparation Tips

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Preparing your event space for a holiday gathering is like preparing for a grand performance. Thorough planning and execution are essential. Here's a comprehensive pre-event cleaning and organizing checklist that covers not just the basics but also the finer details to ensure your event goes off without a hitch.

1. Cleaning Timeline and Schedule

Establishing a cleaning timeline is one of the first steps in ensuring a successful event. This schedule will outline the tasks to be completed leading up to the event day. The significance of a cleaning timeline is immense—it ensures that every cleaning task is accounted for and completed on time, leaving no room for last-minute stress.

Start by listing the cleaning tasks that need to be done, then determine the days or weeks before the event when each needs to be performed. This includes general cleaning, deep cleaning, and even last-minute touch-ups. A well-structured cleaning timeline will keep you from last-minute rushes and give you enough time to prepare for the event. 

2. Venue Preparation

Always ensure that the layout of your event space is thoughtfully planned. Consider factors like the flow of foot traffic, the placement of seating, and accessibility for guests with special needs.

Pay special attention to restroom cleanliness. Stock up on essential supplies like toilet paper, soap, and paper towels. Make sure the restroom is spotless, and consider adding some holiday-themed touches to add to the festive spirit. You can read our post on towel-folding tricks or watch this video on holiday-themed napkin folds

3. Safety Checks:

Safety should be a top priority when preparing for an event. Ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for guests by conducting essential safety checks:

  • Fire Exits: Check that all fire exits are clear of obstructions. In the event of an emergency, guests need to be able to exit the venue swiftly and safely.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Ensure that all fire extinguishers are functional and well-maintained. It's crucial to have these life-saving tools ready in case of a fire emergency.
  • First Aid Kits: Keep first aid kits fully stocked and readily accessible. Accidents can happen, and having the necessary supplies on hand can make all the difference in ensuring the well-being of your guests.

4. Kitchen and Food Prep Area Sanitization:

Maintaining a clean and sanitized kitchen and food preparation area is non-negotiable if your event involves on-site meal preparation. The importance of this can't be overstated, so you will need to follow these steps:

  • Clean Appliances: Ensure all kitchen appliances are cleaned and sanitized. From stovetops to ovens, every surface must be spotless.
  • Food Safety: Pay extra attention to food safety. Ensure that ingredients are stored properly in closed dishes or containers, and cooking and serving utensils are clean and sanitized.
  • Sanitization: Regularly sanitize food contact surfaces, cutting boards, and prep areas to prevent cross-contamination.

5. Setting Up Cleaning Stations:

To maintain cleanliness and encourage good hygiene, do your best to place hand washing and cleaning stations with essential supplies throughout the venue. You don’t need to break the bank for this as there are many portable handwashing stations available online. Ensure they're equipped with soap, water, and paper towels.

Also, place cleaning stations stocked with disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues at strategic points. This allows guests to clean up after themselves, promoting a cleaner event space.

6. Guest Communication Plan:

Effective communication is key to setting clear cleanliness expectations for your guests,. Your venue should have these essentials:

  • Signage: Place signage throughout the venue that encourages guests to clean up after themselves. Simple messages like "Please clean up after use" can go a long way in reminding attendees of their role in maintaining cleanliness. Just ensure your signs don’t mar the aesthetic of the  event.
  • Instructions: Provide clear instructions on handwashing, cleaning stations, and any specific cleanliness measures you've implemented. If you have specific cleanliness expectations, such as using provided disinfectant wipes or properly disposing of trash, communicate these clearly.
  • Feedback: Encourage guests to provide feedback on cleanliness through surveys or comment cards. This can help you continuously improve.

A well-communicated cleanliness plan ensures everyone is on the same page, creating a sense of trust and comfort among your guests.

Tips To Prevent Messes During the Event

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Hosting a holiday event can be such a buzz of activities, but you and your team should do your best to prevent and manage messes even during the occasion. That way, you can avoid accidents and overwhelming post-event cleaning. Here is how you can create a clean and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone:

1. Monitoring and Maintenance

Preventing messes isn't just about guidance; it's also about ongoing monitoring and maintenance during the event:

  • Designate Staff: Assign staff members responsible for monitoring and maintaining cleanliness during the event. Their role is to watch for spills, overflowing trash cans, and any areas that may require attention.
  • Quick Response: A prompt response is crucial when spills or messes occur. Have a team ready to address spills, replenish supplies at cleaning stations, and ensure that high-touch surfaces are sanitized regularly.

2. Efficient Garbage Disposal:

Accessible trash and recycling bins for guests are not just convenient; they are necessary to maintain cleanliness. Here's how to ensure effective garbage disposal during your event:

  • Strategic Placement: Position trash and recycling bins at strategic locations throughout the venue, ensuring they are easily accessible to guests. This reduces the likelihood of littering and encourages responsible disposal.
  • Clear Signage: Label bins clearly to guide guests on what items can be recycled and what should go in the trash. Well-informed guests are more likely to dispose of their waste correctly.
  • Regular Emptying: Designated staff should regularly empty trash cans and ensure they are lined with fresh bags.. This prevents overflowing trash cans and keeps the venue clean.

3. Restroom Checks:

Restrooms are high-traffic areas during events and require special attention to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. You should draft a schedule for regular restroom checks and maintenance. This includes ensuring that soap dispensers are filled, paper towels or hand dryers are functional, and that the restroom is clean and well-stocked.

4. Guest Assistance Team:

A guest assistance team plays a crucial role in ensuring cleanliness and order during your event. The team should include individuals responsible for monitoring and maintaining cleanliness. Additionally, having someone with healthcare certification and experience is invaluable in case of emergencies.

Post-Event Cleanup Checklist

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Once the festivities have concluded, it's time to transition from celebration to cleanup. A post-event cleanup checklist is essential for restoring your event space to its pristine condition. Here are some key tips for efficient cleaning after the party:

1. Thorough Post-Event Deep Cleaning

After the last party-goer leaves your venue, you should consider a Swift and thorough professional post-event cleaning for several reasons:

  • Venue Maintenance: The longer your venue stays dirty, the harder it’ll be to clean up spills and trash. A professional team will have the expertise in speed cleaning with the right tools that’ll keep your event center odour and litter free.
  • Event Space Availability: Prompt cleaning allows you to prepare the venue for any future events or bookings quickly. Minimizing downtime is crucial for maximizing the use of your space.
  • Health and Safety: Deep cleaning eliminates any potential health hazards or contaminants that may have accumulated during, or even before,  the event, ensuring a safe environment for everyone.

2. Venue Restoration

Restoring your event space  to its original state is a critical part of the post-event cleanup. Remove decorations and any event-specific items. Ensure that all traces of the holiday-themed decor are taken down, leaving a clean slate for the next event. Promptly restock any supplies used during the event, such as restroom essentials or cleaning station supplies. 

You could consider conducting a final walkthrough of the venue to ensure that no waste or items have been left behind. This ensures that the space is entirely clean and ready for the next event.

3. Post-Event Safety Checks

It’s essential to conduct safety checks on appliances and equipment used during the event to ensure they are switched off and properly working. This includes stoves, ovens, lighting systems, and other devices used during the event.

Carefully ensure that safety protocols are followed during equipment shutdown. This may include turning off gas lines, unplugging electrical devices, and securing equipment to prevent accidents.

4. Post-Event Inventory Assessment

Assessing supplies and inventory is vital for planning and preparation for the next event. Review your inventory of supplies used during the event, such as tableware, decor, and cleaning supplies. Take note of what needs to be replenished or replaced. Begin restocking supplies and making necessary orders to ensure you're well-prepared for the next event. This proactive approach reduces the likelihood of last-minute shortages.


In conclusion, a successful holiday event is a result of thorough preparation, maintenance, and cleanup. Cleanliness plays a pivotal role in creating an enjoyable and memorable occasion for your guests.

Utilize this checklist as a valuable resource for hosting clean, enjoyable, and memorable holiday events. By prioritizing cleanliness and organization throughout the event cycle, you can ensure that every occasion in your center is a delightful experience for guests and a resounding success.

Remember, it's not just about hosting an event; it's about creating moments that linger in the hearts of your guests.

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