Keeping Things Clean During Thanksgiving Dinner

When your home is full of people, it might seem best to just put off house cleaning until everyone leaves, but this will actually make your cleaning take longer later. Instead, take little steps to clean as you go and encourage your guests to do the same. This way, you will enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner without the burden of a huge cleaning project when it's over.

Of course, the best thing you can do for yourself is start with a clean house. If your holiday to do list is looking a little heavy, hiring a maid service might be just what you need to get caught up on the house cleaning while not neglecting your other tasks.

The Kitchen

Cleaning as you work in the kitchen is fairly straightforward. As you finish with a dish, pot, spoon, or spatula, go ahead and wash it, or rinse it and place it in the dishwasher. When you spill something, clean it immediately, or if you notice grease or sauce splatters, wipe down your countertops and range top. The goal is to have minimal clean up even after everything has been cooked.

The Dining Room

As everyone pushes away from the table, gather up dishes, napkins, cups, and trash and take care of them right away. Stuck-on food is a nightmare, so give yourself the edge by scraping and rinsing dishes before putting them in the sink or dishwasher. If you aren't using a tablecloth, go ahead and wipe off the table as the last person finishes, as well. It will be one less thing you have to do later.

Other Rooms

Your guests will most likely be spending time in your living or family room. When you leave these rooms, take trash or dishes with you and take care of them. You'll be glad you did when your last guest leaves and your living room still looks mostly untouched!

Whatever your plan of attack, have a clean and happy Thanksgiving!

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