Don’t Deep Clean before Thanksgiving and here’s Why

Thanksgiving Table DecorDeep Cleaning before 10 people come to your door might not be the smartest use of your time ESPECIALLY if little kids are coming.  Now I say that knowing you clean your home regularly.  If you are like some people I know who won’t clean their house until someone comes over THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.  You guys really need to clean your home. For the rest of us it is a time to enjoy our family and friends and your home is going to get a bit messy with a number of people milling about.  Let it. Don’t let it stress you. Don’t sweat the small stuff before they arrive. Being in a home that is well used and loved is what it is all about.

Here is what you do:

Wipe the counters down.


Dust the living room and dining room. Straighten and arrange the pillows on sofas and chairs.

Clean the bathrooms well-including the floors.

bowl of mintsPut small bowls of individually wrapped mints in the bathrooms.

Turn on lamps instead of overhead lights.

Clear a place for coats, purses and hats-closet or bedroom.

Get out the toys for kids if you keep a supply handy and don’t have any small children of your own.  If you do have your own-make sure your kids put away the stuff they don’t want other people touching.

Run the dishwasher even if it is not totally full. Thanksgiving is a time when you want it completely empty.

And while you cook on Thanksgiving, try to clean up as you go. Enlist someone to dry as well so you have room for more stuff on the drying rack.

Simple Thanksgving decorAdd something fun to the decor for Thanksgiving. Something simple like orange paper napkins or a few Reese’s Pieces scatters about pn the table. A handful of fall leaves on the table scattered. Spray them with hairspray and they should not crumble. Spray 3 times.

Background music is always nice.

And lastly…have a wonderful time! Happy Thanksgiving!