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By: Rain City Maids
Nov 04, 2019

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes the anticipation of indulging in delicious turkey and enjoying the company of loved ones. If you're hosting this year's feast, you're likely bracing yourself for the tasks of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and ensuring your home is ready to welcome guests. 

But fret not! There are plenty of Thanksgiving hacks and strategies that can help make your holiday preparations smoother and more enjoyable. And to assist you further, we have created a comprehensive cleaning checklist specifically tailored for Thanksgiving dinner. Whether it's prepping your home before the festivities or tidying up afterward, this checklist will guide you through all the essential tips and hacks you need. 

In this blog post, we will provide you with valuable insights on how to tackle cleaning tasks before and after Thanksgiving. From quick and efficient cleaning techniques to clever shortcuts, we've got you covered. Get ready to navigate the holiday season with ease and create a warm, inviting atmosphere for your guests. 

So, let's dive into our ultimate cleaning checklist for Thanksgiving dinner. With these expert tips and tricks, you'll be well-equipped to handle the holiday rush and ensure your home sparkles with premium house cleaning for your home. Embrace the joy of the season and make lasting memories, knowing that your space is beautifully maintained and ready to impress.


Do inventory in your kitchen

First of all, you better count all the crockery, pans, and stemware to make sure there’s enough for all your guests. You don't want someone to be excluded. Priorities!

Empty fridge and dishwasher

During Thanksgiving dinner, your kitchen will be a food parade, with lots of pans and containers. The fridge should have enough space to handle that, and the dishwasher must be clean and prepare for work.

Wash and iron tablecloths and cloth napkins

If your tablecloths and cloth napkins have been stored for most of the year, a good wash and iron will make the bad odors go away. 

Clean all of your stemware, serveware, and silverware

Same goes to your stemware, serveware and silverware: If you barely use them, wash them. You don’t want your guests drinking wine in a stained or smelly cup.

Clean the oven and stove

Obviously, oven and stove are going to get really messy after Thanksgiving, but it’s better to have your entire kitchen in perfect conditions before you start cooking. Besides, a dirty oven can affect the turkey’s flavor.


Prepare the guest’s rooms

Needlessly to say, perhaps, but if your guests are staying at your house, that needs an extra planning effort. How many rooms? Talk to your guests about it. You never know when last-minute guests are going to arrive.

Clear out space for clothes and baggage

The house will be full of luggage and you don't need uncomfortable obstacles in the hallways. De-clutter your guests' rooms and tell them where to put their stuff.

Clean and stock your bathrooms

Every bathroom has to be clean and fully stocked. Scrub messy toilets and sink, put enough towels and soap bars, and use some air freshener.


Plan a potluck

Share the fun with your guests and tell them to bring some of the food with them. The original Thanksgiving dinner was, in fact, a potluck. Your guests can bring some of the side dishes. That way, your kitchen will be less full of dirty dishes and you will have more time to clean.

Reduce the number of cookware

There’s cookware that can go from oven to table to freezer. One container, no more! Use those and you have less dishwashing to worry about. Or you can serve food in edible containers, such as bread bowls or hollowed-out winter squash.

Set up a soak station

An over-filled sink is very common on Thanksgiving. You can prevent this by making a soak station in a small trash can. Just put a bag and fill it with soapy water. You can soak pots and pans as soon as you transfer food to platters.

Make room in the fridge

Last but not least: make room in the fridge! That would make the after-dinner mess less awful. Leftovers and ingredients should fit right in. And don’t forget to fill your ice containers one day before Thanksgiving.
These quick tips and hacks should make your Thanksgiving dinner less stressful and more fun. After the holiday, if you want to clean your house more deeply, book our home cleaning service and don’t worry about it.

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