Preparing Your Home for the Thanksgiving Feast

It’s that time of year, time for family, friends, food and fun! It’s time, but you’re probably not completely ready for the event. There’s cleaning to do, food to buy, and probably even a few projects you would like to get done around the house. We understand and that’s why we have spent time putting together this list for preparing your home for Thanksgiving. Don’t worry, there’s nothing too complicated or time consuming!

There are two things you need to make sure your home is before Turkey Day arrives, clean and comfortable. Use these tips and tricks to make your Thanksgiving both:

Keep it clean

  • Deep clean carpets, wax hardwood floors the week before your meal.

  • Clean couches and upholstery in living areas. Many pillows are machine washable so check tags for cleaning instructions.

  • Empty out your refrigerator before the meal to make room for leftovers.

  • Polish silverware.

  • Wash table cloths and cloth napkins.

  • Put down a welcome mat outside so guests can brush off their shoes which will help keep your floors clean.

  • Put trash cans in areas where guests can easily find and access them. Double line the cans so you have a fresh liner waiting after you empty it.

  • Make sure the dishwasher is emptied before the meal. This will allow for a quicker clean as guests finish their food.

Keep it comfortable

  • Light only unscented candles as scented candles will interfere with the aroma of the meal.

  • Find the right temperature - remember that your oven will be producing a lot of heat so turn the thermostat down a degree or two to keep guests comfortable.

  • Remove bulky furniture items and put up clutter from rooms so there is enough space to move about.

  • If you’re serving your Thanksgiving meal buffet style, do not push the buffet table against the wall. Keeping it away from the wall allows people to serve from both sides and keeps the line moving.

  • Create a designated area for your guests’ coats and purses.

  • To limit clutter but still provide a welcoming and fun atmosphere for kids, choose a few games/toys to set out. Don’t forget to put a few games out for the adults too!

  • If you’re going to play music, make sure it’s something everyone will enjoy and keep the volume low so it doesn’t block out conversation or give grandma a headache!

We hope this checklist helps you prepare for the big day and we wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!