It is crazy to think that Thanksgiving is just around the corner! This holiday marks the start of the busy season of family gatherings and holiday parties. If your home is not prepared for all the activity, you may find yourself less thankful than you should be. As soon as you have stowed away all of your Halloween decorations, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving.
Whether you need to do some cleaning that you’ve been putting off or you just want to make sure that your kitchen is ready for massive amounts of cooking, these easy tips will ensure a stress-free holiday.
Clean Your Oven
Before a big holiday, you should avoid self-cleaning your oven because it can increase its likelihood of breaking and you would definitely have a hard time cooking that turkey without it. Instead, make a non-toxic cleaner out of baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar. Simply use a natural dish soap and a sponge to clean the grease, sprinkle baking soda over burnt-on food, let soak overnight, and then scrub with a sponge.
Make sure that your silverware is clean and shiny before your big feast! Instead of using a chemical cleaner, try this all-natural method. Place silverware in an aluminum or enamel pot filled with water, salt and baking soda. Bring the water to a boil for three minutes. Then, remove the pieces, place into warm, soapy water, and scrub.
Balance Your Heating System
To make sure that your home stays at a comfortable temperature for you and your guests, balance the heating system to increase airflow. Close all vents in the rooms that you don’t use often. Test where airflow is the heaviest and lightest to help determine which vents you should adjust.
Childproof Your Home
If you don’t normally have little kids running around your home, you may need to do some childproofing before your guests arrive. For your outlets, use outlet caps to keep tiny fingers out. Also, be sure to move electrical cords and cover them with cord sleeves. Windows, stairs, and doors are some other places to consider childproofing before the big day.
Rethink Your Seating Areas
Depending on how many guests you are expecting, your standard seating set- up may not accommodate everyone. To create some more room for additional seats, experiment by moving around your sofa, chairs, and side tables.
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is an enormous undertaking. It is easy to get bogged down with planning and execution and pile too much on ourselves. Focus on the important things you want to take care of and take everything one step at a time!