The holiday season is underway, with Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner. It’s no wonder that we use our kitchen more during the next few weeks than we do all year, so it’s essential to get your kitchen “holiday ready” now, long before those guests arrive through the front door.
Here are seven tips to follow when sprucing up your kitchen for the season:
Clean out the Fridge and Freezer
It’s time to give your fridge and freezer a nice holiday season cleaning. Toss out old and expired food, and wipe down the shelves. Finally, make a note as to what’s missing so that you can purchase on your next trip to the store.
Check your Glassware
Inspect your glasses supply and make sure you have enough for your guests. This is also a great time to dust off wine glasses so that they’re ready to go!
Bring out theTablescapes
Make sure your holiday table includes tablecloths and décor to create a pleasing aesthetic. Discard those tablecloths with stains or those décor items that look too worn out.
Clearing off your kitchen counters and tabletops can make a big difference. If you have piles of mail, magazines or receipts, resist hiding them away in a drawer or cupboard and just toss them. For the items you really need, put them together in one place so you can deal with them later.
Look over your Pots and Pans
What pots, pans or gadgets have you not used in the past two years? Take those and store them away to clear out space in your cupboard. After all, your cupboards should only be 80% full, so you can access what you need easily while you’re cooking holiday meals.
Check your Oven
Before you start whipping up that holiday meal, make sure your oven – one of the most important appliances during the season – is functioning properly. Also, make sure you have a reliable meat thermometer.
Spruce up the Main Spaces
If you don’t have the energy to give your home a full deep clean, just concentrate on the main spaces where your guests will be seeing: the front porch, entryway, kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Don’t worry about tackling every nook and cranny – just de-clutter areas and store excess stuff away in a closet or a spare bedroom.
Wishing you a very happy holiday season!