Thanksgiving Cleaning List

As I prepare for 11 people to come for Thanksgiving dinner I start a list of things to do.  If I don’t,  I forget the simplest things like putting fresh toilet paper in every bathroom.  I thought a check list might be good for you too. This is not a deep cleaning list.  This is just the simple stuff that make Turkey Day go smoother.

Table clothes if need should be cleaned and ironed.

Little kids coming? Put things that are fragile and sentimental out of the way in a closet.

Wash serving dishes, special china  and wine glasses that you don’t use very day.

Clean out the frig as much as you can because you are going to need the room.

If you cook with larger pots and pans that are stored somewhere other than the kitchen find them beforehand and wash them.

If you need to go find the leaves that expand a table do that the day before Thanksgiving-they might need to be wiped down.

Think about where people will put their coats-do you need to clear closet space or are they just going on a bed in a bedroom?

If you have the luxury of space you can set the table(s) the day before.

Vacuum the day before.

Try to have the dishwasher empty the day before Thanksgiving.

Put the recycles out so you can have an empty bin in the house.

Empty the garbage cans (including the bathrooms!) so you at least start with empty cans.

Extra chairs and small tables should be brought into the dining room especially if they are coming form the cellar or garage. They might need to be wiped down.

If you like to send people home with leftovers plan the containers to be used ahead of time.

The day before Thanksgiving replace all toilet paper rolls in bathrooms so they are full.

If you want a fire iin the fireplace set it up the day before.

Wipe down the mirrors, sinks and clean the toilets.

Thanksgiving Day put fresh towels in the bathrooms.

Close the doors of rooms you would like people to stay out of.



Declutter before the Holidays

This year as you start to put up the holiday decorations take the time to evaluate them.  Some are tired and old.  Some you just REALLY don’t like anymore. Some are broken, and you meant to fix them. Some you have kept out of guilt because someone gave them to you.

Broken throw out and the rest, pack up and donate. Donate before Christmas, an someone else can use something you longer want right away.

wreathIf you just do the outside and tree, and you like to have items throughout the home, consider packing up the stuff that is currently out.  Give the Christmas decoations a full beautiful showing. I have a girlfriend who adores Christmas and this is what she does.  Her home is not cluttered because everything else is in a box in the attic and will come back out after January 1st.