Parents appreciate coming home to neat-and-tidy, so pick up the toys and put away the “tent” supplies. As for red-juice disasters? Do your best to erase them. Stain solutions and cleaning supplies are usually stashed under the kitchen sink. Sop up what you can with a dry towel, then hit it with water (or club soda, if there’s any around).
It’s not a bad idea to bone up on “magic” stain-removal techniques. For example, gum peels off clothes if you stick them in the freezer for an hour. But if you can’t get off a chocolate/peanut butter/permanent marker mess, leave it for the parents to deal with, letting them know you tried unsuccessfully to tackle the stain. They’re used to their kids’ messes and you shouldn’t be upset.
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