Considering Thanksgiving Day only comes once a year, you must make sure to prepare for it the best way that you can. Guests will arrive. A dinner menu needs to be prepared. Many things need to be done. But, you must not get stressed and overwhelmed about your to-do list that you forget about the essence of Thanksgiving Day in the end.
To help you out, here is a low-pressure checklist you can follow to prepare yourself and your home for Thanksgiving Day:
Deep clean your fridge and kitchen.
With holidays come food, dishes, and cooking chores. To prepare your home for it, make sure to prioritize deep cleaning your fridge and kitchen. This way, you can make plenty of room for your Thanksgiving menu.
Guests always tend to gather in the kitchen for no specific reason. They just do. Deep-cleaning your kitchen means your guests will be comfortable and you will also be comfortable and worry-free of what they’ll see. Although it won’t be completely spotless, here are things you can do before the big day:
- Clear your fridge of near-expiry foods, aged leftovers, etc. Make sure only to keep what you will consume and need.
- After purging and cleaning up your fridge, line the shelves with removable plastic sheets to make the next cleanups easy.
- Thoroughly clean all cookware, dish, saucepans, glasses, etc. you’ll be using to prepare and cook your Thanksgiving menu.
- Take out your holiday napkins and tablecloths. Inspect them and make sure they’re clean, fresh, and free from any stain.
- Free your kitchen sink and countertops from mold and grime to avoid food contamination.
- To help you out with your deep cleaning tasks from your refrigerator to your kitchen sink and floor, you can use baking soda.
Get your guestrooms ready.
During holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, sleepovers are inevitable. With your loved ones and guests coming from faraway places, you’re sure to have a few ones who’ll opt to stay over the night. Be prepared. To help you put together the perfect room for your guests, here are some tips to try:
- Go through the linens, guest towels, pillows, etc. Make sure they’re fresh, clean, and in good shape. Replace them if ratty.
- Deep clean your guest bathroom as well and free yourself from embarrassment. Provide towels and basic toiletries too.
- Make room for your guests’ belongings too, regardless if they’re staying overnight or not. It can be a coat rack or a spare closet.
Thoroughly clean the whole house.
A clean home should always be a priority. A week or two before the big day is the best time to deep clean your home, so that a few days before Thanksgiving Day only a few quick touchups will be needed.
- Thoroughly dust, vacuum, and declutter your entire home, paying attention to the places where guests may often gather.
- Clean and dust all windows and window sills, especially those in the kitchen, dining room, living room, and the front door.
- Don’t forget about your outdoor chores too, including raking the leaves, clearing the gutters, securing your porch, etc.
Plan and prepare your menu.
If you’re not the best cook or if you don’t have any personal recipe, a week or two before Thanksgiving Day is the best time to research and test Thanksgiving recipes from Pinterest or other cooking websites.
If your guests offer to bring food contributions, ask for details to keep track of the dishes. This way, you’ll avoid duplicates. More than that, you’ll also lessen the food you need to prepare for your Thanksgiving menu.
To make food preparations a breeze, you can check out our former list of Thanksgiving cooking hacks. For a list of awesome Thanksgiving-inspired desserts everyone will love, check this link.
Put up a few holiday decorations.
A party is not complete without the decorations. After majoring in the majors such as the cleanliness of the home, guest room preparations, the menu, etc., it’s time to spruce up your place with decorations. Go the extra mile and make your Thanksgiving Day party picture-perfect with decorations as well.
If you’re into DIYs and crafting, you can check out our previous article about picture-perfect party decors you can make for Thanksgiving Day. Find out how to make a colorful Thanksgiving banner, ombre pumpkin centerpiece, quirky turkey balloons, fanciful take-home boxes, and unique popcorn paper bag turkeys.
With the above tips, you’re sure to be all set for Thanksgiving Day. But, don’t forget to “Make it a day of real Thanksgiving in which we fall on our knees and give humble and sincere thanks to God,” reminds Billy Graham.