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10 Things to Do to Your House Before a Graduation Party

If you want to host a big bash in honor of your kid's accomplishments, make sure you and your home are ready with these tips.

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Clear Out the Clutter

While the family might like to have things handy during the evening hours of watching TV, your graduation party guests won’t. Things like your crafting basket, books you’re reading or the half-done jigsaw puzzle. Before guests arrive, stash personal and breakable items out of sight. You’re sure to find a place to put everything on this ultimate list of the 50 best storage containers to get your house in order.

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Check Walkways for Tripping Hazards

Will your graduation party be an outside affair? Check all walkways around your property for tripping hazards. Loose or sunken pavers that catch your toe can be fixed in a few minutes.

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Fix All Loose Railings

The last thing you need when a hundred of your kids’ closest friends come to call is a fall. Before the big day, check the handrails on staircases and the deck. Tightening loose handrails is an easy fix. If your graduation party guests will be spending time on the deck or front porch, check those railings, too.

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Fix Screens and Doors

No one runs in and out of a house more than teenagers. Before your graduation party, check that your screens are fly and mosquito proof and that all screen doors shut quietly and have a tight seal. Refer to these instructions to repair a torn screen

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Bag Your Grass Clippings

When folks are running in and out of the house, it’s crazy how much dirt is dragged in and left on your floor. While you might normally prefer to leave the grass clippings on the lawn, when you mow right before the party you should probably bag the clippings. If you don’t, a lot of them will end up in your house. If you forget, you can always use witch hazel to remove stains from your carpet.

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Clean Out the Trash Bins

With a house full of guests creating garbage and recycling, your trash cans will fill up fast. To avoid lingering, unwanted odors, wash out your trash bins before the event. Then, strategically place trash bins around the yard and house to encourage disposal. Secure the bags to the bins to prevent the bags from slipping inside, resulting in a mess. Hopefully, you won’t spend the morning after your graduation party cleaning up trash from your yard.

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Make Sure Everything is Well Lit

For a small dinner party, the ambiance of candlelight is appealing. But not for a house and/or yard full of guests. Before your graduation party, check all the light bulbs in the house and also make sure you have plenty of lighting outdoors. Solar path lighting is easy to install while installing a motion sensor light might take a bit more time. Check out these other 11 smart ideas for your next backyard party.

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Find a Place for Pets

Your dogs and cats might be members of the family but crowds and noise can make your furry friends nervous. Don’t risk having to deal with dog problems during your graduation party. Find a friend or neighbor who is willing to pet sit during the party. If they stay for the party, here’s how to pet proof your home.

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Alert Your Neighbors

The saying that fences make good neighbors is true. But so does peace and quiet. If you’re planning a large party and don’t intend to invite all of your neighbors, at least let them know there will be extra cars and people on the block. Tell them it’s a graduation party (so they will be thrilled for your child!), about how many people you’re expecting and what time they can expect the noise to die down. 

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Make Sure Sinks and Toilets are in Working Order

Nothing makes a party stink like a clogged or overflowing toilet. If you’re expecting a house full of guests for your graduation party, make sure everything is flushing and draining freely in the plumbing department. Fixing a running toilet is easier than you think. And, make sure your bathroom is sparkling clean with these tips.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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