Wednesday November 1, 2017
If you’re hosting this year’s Thanksgiving feast, you probably shouldn’t be taking the time to read this article. You’ve got lots of work to do! But since you’re here, let’s talk a little bit about what you need to do to prep your home for the big day. You’ve probably got the menu handled so we’ll focus on the house. The goal here is not perfection. The goal is to have your guests smell only the turkey when they walk in the door and to thwart that judgmental aunt from pointing out the dust bunnies in the corner.
- Declutter: Yes, horizontal surfaces are magnets for “stuff.” Now is a good time to make that stuff go away. You’ll need your tabletops so put away anything that is taking up that valuable real estate. If you have a few trouble spots that tend to collect more than their fair share of odds and ends, this is a good time to put those goodies away.
- Dust and wipe: If you’re like most of us, there are surfaces in your home like ceiling fans that don’t get the attention they deserve. Give them a good dusting. If you have time, make sure you get down low so you see the spots that you may miss during normal cleaning.
- Wipe down the baseboards: If you haven’t dusted your baseboards in a while, give them some love. You’ll be surprised at how much cleaner your rooms look once you tend to this simple chore.
- Have your carpets and floors cleaned: The biggest treat you can give yourself is to have a professional do a proper job on your floors. Chances are you’ve been meaning to do this for a while anyway. Not only will your carpet look like new, your whole house will smell and feel fresh.
- Do potty patrol: Yes, your guests will be visiting the throne room. You might even have a few friends who will peek in the medicine cabinet. Make sure you give it a good cleaning!
- Get the kitchen ready: You’ll be spending most of the day over the stove or with your hands in the sink so make it easy on yourself. Clean the microwave, clear out the fridge, and make sure you have all the tools you need ready to go.
- Get the guest room ready: If you’ll be having overnight visitors then you’ll need fresh bedding, room in the closet and a general spruce up.
Whether you’ll be having five guests or 50, giving your home a little tender loving care before the big day will help you worry less about how comfortable your visitors are. Once you’ve put the pie on the table and washed that last dish you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy that cup of coffee or glass of wine. One thing is certain: your guests will be thankful for you.