5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving
All around the United States, preparations are underway for one of the biggest days of the year - Thanksgiving. So, while your recipes may be in order, and your guests have RSVP’d, is your home ready for the holiday? If not, you are not alone and we have for you today 5 tips for getting your home cleaned up for turkey day!
1) Examine the entry way.
When your guests arrive, what is one of the first things they will see? Clutter? Dead plants? Items that should've been donated last year? You, struggling to stuff their coats into an already packed closet? Welcome guests with ease by clearing the entry way of clutter, and make room for coats, purses, and umbrellas.
2) Get your kitchen sparkling.
Don't wait for the last minute to clean your kitchen. Make sure you wipe down the visible areas such as cabinets, counters, appliances, and floors, but take special care to wash dishes you will be using to serve food. Also, now is the time for a thorough oven and stove cleaning! In addition, before you begin to start shopping for Thanksgiving, get your refrigerator and freezer Thanksgiving ready too by cleaning out old food and washing down the interior.
3) Take inventory of what you'll need.
Make sure you take note with each recipe what you will need and what you already have. Get supplies ready as early as possible, including any cookware you'll need. The last thing you'll want is realizing you need an important ingredient or tool that you don’t have. In addition, now is the time to clean out the pantry and rid yourself of old flours, spices, and baking mixes that have long since expired. So, take stock of what you do have in your cabinets and double-check the expiration date of everything.
4) Get guest rooms and bathrooms ready.
If you have guests that are staying the night, get the bedrooms ready with clean linens and dust and polish the visible areas. Also, now is your chance to add in some nice touches such as fresh flowers, small gifts to great the guest, and a few toiletry essentials. Without a doubt, make sure your bathroom is guest-ready by doing a thorough scrub down of your toilet, bathtub, shower, and sink.
5) Prep your front yard and porch area.
It goes without saying this is one of the most beautiful times of the year with the leaves falling and turning their gorgeous colors. It's also a pretty dangerous time of year thanks to the risks of slipping and falling on these very leaves we all love. So, a day or two before guests arrive, make sure your walkways are clear of leaves and mud and that it is safe for people to walk.
Making sure your home is ready for Thanksgiving is one essential preparation aspect that you shouldn’t overlook.