In 3 Saturdays, Thanksgiving will have come and gone! Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? If you get to go somewhere for Thanksgiving, follow this plan anyway and you’ll be that much farther ahead for your organized Christmas!
Clean Your House by Thanksgiving!
It’s easy to clean your home in a hurry—the regular cleaning, that is: vacuum, mop, laundry, dishes…. You do all that every day, and you should be able to get your house ready to host anything from a playdate to a dinner party in just a few hours.
But cleaning your home when you host Thanksgiving is a little different!
- You use dishes and linens you only pull out once a year.
- You have overnight guests.
- You need to use rooms you’ve been using as storage areas or clutter catchalls.
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Use this weekend to do the tedious, annoying—but necessary—jobs so you can be totally organized this Thanksgiving, and you can use those last few precious moments before guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner to arrange a beautiful table—instead of manically ironing the tablecloth!
5 Things You Need to Clean Before Thanksgiving!
- Tablecloths stored all year will smell dusty, and stains you didn’t notice when you stored them are still there! Pretreat, soak, and wash your tablecloths and cloth napkins, and iron them right out of the dryer.
- Don’t wash them with other items, because tablecloths and napkins attract hair like a magnet, and nobody at your Thanksgiving table wants to wipe their mouth with your hair. Look closely as you’re ironing so you can remove any hairs you find!
Wash all sheets, blankets, and mattress covers.
- Overnight guests deserve fresh bedding, and it takes at least 3 loads of laundry to wash bedding: sheets, blanket, mattress covers. Do it now and your linens will still be fresh for your Thanksgiving guests!
- If guests will be using your kids’ beds, go ahead and wash everything today, then re-wash the sheets and blankets a few days before Thanksgiving and have your kids sleep on sleeping bags (on their beds or on the floor!) Fun for the kids, and less work for you at crunch time!
Wash all your serveware, china, silverware, and stemware.
- There are grosser experiences than drinking out of a musty wineglass, but not many. Most holiday dishes and glasses have to be handwashed. Do it now, not on crazy-busy Thanksgiving morning!
- Dry everything to a shine, and stash it all in an out of the way place, like on a card table in the corner of the dining room. (If you put the dishes on the dining table, you’ll have to move them again when you set the table!) Cover it all with a clean sheet to keep the dust out.
- If you have pets, for the love of all things holy, store all of your dishes where pets can’t get to them. Ew.
Detail the bathrooms. All of them.
- Don’t assume guests will all be able to use the guest bathroom—of course you’ll show your guests to another bathroom if there’s a line!
- Sit on the (closed) toilet in each bathroom in you home and look around like you’re a guest. See those dusty baseboards? That mystery spot on the wall? The crooked picture? The dirty edge outside the shower? So will your guests! Detail all of your bathrooms this weekend so you’ll just have to do a quick swipe every day and avoid panic cleaning on Thanksgiving Day!
Detail the Kitchen.
- Nobody wants to eat at a home that has a dirty kitchen! When you host Thanksgiving, nobody worries about the dishes in the sink when you’re in the middle of preparing the Thanksgiving feast, but they will be grossed out by your nasty, filthy faucet covered in months of grime and hard water deposits.
- Clean your oven this weekend; it’s not going to get super dirty over the next few weeks, and you won’t be humiliated when you open the oven door to pull out the Thanksgiving turkey! Plus, self-cleaning ovens are notorious for breaking after they run a self-cleaning cycle! If you clean the oven now and it does break, better now when you have time to get it repaired than on Thanksgiving morning!
- Clean all of your cabinets inside and out—cleaning lower cabinets is a perfect job for kids, detail the stove, clean the outside of the dishwasher, and pull everything off the counters and scrub the counters.
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