Clean your TV and speakers
The day before the party, do some strategic dusting. “Everyone’s eyes are going to be glued to the screen, so the last thing you want is any dust or smudges blocking your view,” says Becca Napelbaum, cleaning expert at Handy. For plasma screens, gently wipe down your TV screen with a microfiber cloth. If the screen is glass, lightly mist it with window cleaner and buff the glass until it’s clear, Napelbaum advises. You’ll also want to make sure people can hear as well as see. Napelbaum suggests gently vacuuming your speakers with the handheld element of your vacuum, preferably with a soft brush attachment, to remove any buildup that could block the sound.
Rearrange the furniture
Since the focal point of the big day will be the TV, point all seating in the room toward it. “When you move furniture, you may discover indentations in the carpet where the chairs have previously been. To remove them, take some ice cubes and place them where the carpet is compressed. Leave to melt overnight and the water will plump up the flattened areas,” says Napelbaum. (Here are more genius uses for ice cubes.) If you have a vacuum with a handheld wand, you can also hold the wand on the flattened spot to bring the carpet pile up.