Preparing for Thanksgiving is by no means a one-day affair. If you’re hosting, you’ve been getting your house and kitchen ready, and spent days making lists, shopping, and cooking.
Once the feasting is over, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cleaning up—and you shouldn’t have to! Here’s our fail-proof, get-it-done method for getting your kitchen back in shape so you can relax.
First, Your New Motto:
Four Words: Clean as You Go
This should be a standard working-in-the-kitchen habit, but when you’re making large portions of multiple dishes, the principle will save you from epic messes and keep your kitchen running smoothly even as you’re still cooking.
Get a Helper, if You Need to – Solicit the help of a friend or family member who can wash dishes while you’re cooking. This will save you time and energy, and you’ll be giving someone who wants to help the opportunity to be useful and keep you company while you’re working.
When it comes time to clean after your meal, let everyone who wants to lend a helping hand. But don’t be afraid to communicate how you want things done: If your china doesn’t go in the dish washer, let your helpers know how to handle it or give them another task.
The After-Thanksgiving Plan
1. Clear the table
First things first: Clear the table thoroughly. This is an easy way to have others pitch in.
2. Put away leftovers
Besides the food safety reasons for not leaving food out for too long, getting the leftovers put away first thing allows you to move on to the next step of sorting the types of dishes you will need to wash.
3. Soak pots and pans
Inevitably, there will be some cooking items that you weren’t able to “clean as you went.” Soak difficult-to-clean pots, pans, and any empty serving dishes that are aren’t being used to store leftovers. Depending on your kitchen’s layout, consider setting these soaking dishes on the stove top while you address everything else. (And just in case you need it, we have some tips for cleaning burnt or scorched pans.)
4. Hand wash and load the dishwasher
While heavily soiled dishes are soaking, tackle the rest of the pile. You’re going to batch process so everything goes as quickly as possible.
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Turkey, stuffing, and sides may be front and center but behind the scenes, what makes for a seamlessly-hosted Thanksgiving gathering is the preparation that comes beforehand.
We’ve got some good hosting and cleaning tips to keep in your back pocket along the way. Don’t leave everything to the last minute — break up the tasks into manageable chunks divided by room over the course of 3 days so you’ll leave enough time to tend to the green bean casserole and tackle the turkey on Thanksgiving day.
Here’s a checklist to ensure you’ll be ready for your guests:
3 Days Before Thanksgiving: Declutter Your Space
- Walk through the common areas where guests will be mingling and declutter the space. Use your laundry hamper to store away all the miscellaneous odds and ends floating around or stacked up around your home. Tuck the laundry hamper away and out of sight in a laundry room, closet, garage, or basement.
- Mop the floor and dust between all the small nooks and crannies and dusty corners. Be sure not to miss harder to reach spots like under furniture and fragile items on the top of bookshelves and around fan blades.
- Good Tip: Break up tasks and enlist your family members to make cleaning more manageable. This goes for any of the days leading up to and including Thanksgiving day. Cleaning is more enjoyable when it’s a team activity! Kids can be enlisted to help the adults with their own sized “broom” set.
2 Days Before Thanksgiving: Clean the Bathroom
- Give the toilet bowl a good scrub down.
- Arrange and organize any loose bathroom items around the sink and neatly arrange your toiletries in the shower.
- Do a deep clean of the shower or bathtub.
- Squeegee the shower walls and mirrors.
- Refill your bathroom soap dispensers.
- Good Tip: If you have a medicine cabinet, tuck away anything you want to keep from curious uncles or aunts (we all have at least one!) who may be tempted to snoop.
The Day Before Thanksgiving: Prepare the Kitchen
- Clean out the fridge! Throw out any old takeout or expired items to make room for all the food you’re preparing and also accommodate any desserts that guests will be bringing.
- Same goes for the freezer—purge frostbitten, forgotten items to make room for ice because the key to a good party is ice. Fill your ice cube trays.
- Give your kitchen surfaces and appliances a wipe down with household cleaner
- Get into all the nooks and grooves around your sink and under the grates of your stovetop with a good brush and scraper set.
- Vegetables need cleaning too. Take some of the food prep load off on Thanksgiving Day by cleaning your veggies the day before.
- Make sure all of your soap dispensing dish brushes and scrubs are filled with soap.
- Start chilling your white and rosé wines in the fridge.
- Take out your garbage and recycling.
- Sweep around the kitchen
- Good Tip: Tie a string around your best bottle opener and tie to a drawer handle so it doesn’t walk off during the festivities. People forget to return the bottle opener and this way you won’t be asked about the location of the opener by every member of your family.
The Big Day: The Finishing Touches
- Using household cleaning solutions give all the surfaces in your living room, bathroom, and kitchen a final polish.
- Line your trash cans and recycling bins with fresh liners and label them with post-its or masking tape so guests know which one is which.
- Hang fresh towels in the bathroom.
- Leave glassware out on the counter so guests can help themselves.
- Cut lemon and lime wedges for cocktails.
- Set the table and focus on food and drink preparation.
- Good Tip: A dishwasher can handle volume but a dish rack that can hold its own will come in handy, especially for items that are not dishwasher safe. As a rule of thumb, anything with sharp blades should be washed and dried by hand. When your dishwasher or dish rack aren’t enough to hold the influx of inbound dishes, it’s time to call in the back-up! Pull out a drying mat for drying larger dishware and bakeware.
How are you planning to prepare for Thanksgiving? We think stocking the freezer with a few freeze-and-bake dishes will make hosting a little easier.
Having said that our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – Treat yourself and your home! Tidy Up Angels has been providing residential cleaning service to the Overland Park area since 2008. Trusting someone to clean your home can be a little unnerving. If this is your first time hiring a cleaning company, we want you to know that you can relax with Tidy Up Angels. Our company is fully insured and bonded; safeguarding your most personal possessions. Honesty, integrity, and good work ethics are the back bone of our company. We aim to meet all your expectations and we hope to exceed them during each service. Let us know how we can help with your house cleaning services in Overland Park and how we can help you – contact Tidy Up Angels LLC at 913-642-2006.