Hosting Thanksgiving

Simply Stated Blog on Realsimple.com – November 18, 2011

If you’re having the family over for Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say your to-do list is already overflowing with tasks like planning the menu, grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up. If you’re anything like me, cleaning up after dinner is something I’d rather not think about until well…after dinner. But putting some time and effort into keeping things tidy before the feast can really pay off. Melissa Homer, Chief Cleaning Officer at MaidPro, shares these simple tips:


One week before.
 Do a deep clean of your home one week before the holiday, so all you need to do is touch-ups in the days leading to the big event. Take the cleaning process step-by-step! For instance, clean the first floor one day, and the second floor on the following day, to keep from getting overwhelmed.

A few days before. Pre-bake as many of your side dishes and desserts in the days leading up to the holiday as possible and store them in your refrigerator. Many dishes can be cooked, refrigerated, and given a final warm up just before the big meal with no loss of quality. Not only will you be less stressed on the big day, but all of the dirty dishes and flour-covered counters will also be behind you so you can finally enjoy the holiday as much as your guests.

On Thanksgiving. The biggest mistake people make is leaving holiday meal cleaning to the end. If you wait too long, food gets stuck on dishes and counters get cluttered and soiled, actually making more cleaning work for you than if you cleaned throughout the day. Place pans that need to soak on top of your stove instead of in your sink. If your turkey pan is stovetop safe, you can actually simmer water in the roasting pan on the stovetop to loosen baked on drippings and ease cleaning.

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