Thursday, November 8, 2012

Company's Coming...Part 2

Getting your kitchen ready for the big feast might seem like a daunting task.  But it doesn't have to be.  As we work through our task list of trouble spots, be sure to think about the main areas of your home, too.

Whether you're expecting a big crowd of 25 or more people or you're hosting a small intimate gathering for only a few, you want to put your best foot forward.

Since you spend most of your Thanksgiving day in your kitchen and / or dining room, try to focus on getting these areas ready before the big day.

Clear the Clutter: The kitchen is the heart of our home, that means mail, kids' artwork, and various types of clutter tend to pile up on multiple surfaces.  My first step in getting my kitchen ready for a gathering is to clear the clutter.  This step usually takes me between 10 and 15 minutes.  I grab a basket and store all the stuff in the basket, then once the kitchen looks nice and tidy I start to put the items away.  Every item gets a place, even if it's the trash can.  The main objective is to get rid of the clutter.

Clean the appliances: My appliances take a beating every day, but during the Thanksgiving holiday, they really get put to the test.  So before my guests start to arrive I take an a little time and clean my appliances.  I clean the microwave, the stove, the oven, the dishwasher and the refrigerator.  I even run a fresh lemon through my garbage disposal.  I want to make sure everything is in good working order and that I'm not left with surprises when it's time for the big shindig.

Clean and Disinfect my trash cans:  This step may not be a big deal to you, but I don't have an area where I can "hide" my trash bin.  My pantry isn't deep enough, and my cabinets under the sink aren't tall enough.  So my trash can sits out in the open.  Therefore, I take my trash can outdoors, spray it with my Basic H all purpose cleaner and my Basic G and then I hose it out.  It takes about 5 minutes, but it feels so good after it's done.

Clean and Organize my server ware:  I have a few pieces I use only during the holidays.  I just don't have much use for them throughout the year, so I store them in my basement.  When the big day approaches, I sort through what I need, give it a good washing, and make sure everything is ready to go.  That way, on Turkey day, I'm not rushing around [burning the stuffing] because I'm searching for that one special platter.

So there you have it:  Four easy steps to getting you well on your way to a less-stress holiday!

Only By His Grace,

Billie

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