Whether you love the holidays or you just find them stressful, one thing is for certain: you can’t stop them! Thankfully (see what we did there?) there are ways that you can prepare for them–and with October winding down, it's never too early to begin. When it comes to prepping your home for the holidays, there is no room which will likely be filled with more chaos than your kitchen. Below, we’ve shared a few tips outlining how you can prep your kitchen for holiday cooking.
Clear Clutter From Your Countertops: Our kitchen counters are littered with the various puzzle pieces that make up our lives. Between discarded mail, mobile phones, car keys, and various reminder notes, our countertops tend to be more of a catch-all than a place to prep for holiday guests. Clear the clutter! In addition to shredding unwanted mail and placing keys closer to the door, install a Docking Drawer charging outlet into a kitchen drawer. It will enable you to charge up your tech devices while keeping your countertops clutter-free this holiday season and all year long.
Ready Your Cooking Equipment: Between the bowl of Spaghetti-o’s that exploded in your microwave last month and the apple pie that bubbled over in your oven earlier this year, your appliances are a mess. Don’t stress by leaving cleaning for a holiday party until the last minute. Set aside some time to wipe out your microwave. Place your oven on a self-clean cycle. The more prepared your cooking appliances are to handle holiday tasks, the more prepared you’ll feel for company.
Check Your Fridge: We’re not just talking about getting rid of old, unwanted food, though this is certainly a necessity. You should also inspect your fridge and replace any burnt out lightbulbs, tighten gaskets, and replace air filters so everything it in working order for all those leftovers! Ensure that vents aren’t blocked by condiments so that your fridge can stay cool. Also, remove all shelving from your fridge and wash it with soap and water, getting rid of any sticky residue prior to filling your fridge with even more stuff.
Inspect Your Dishwasher: If you don’t want to worry about washing dishes by hand this holiday season, set aside a few hours to inspect and clean your dishwasher. To do this, clean the drain of any gunk or food. Check the bottom of your dishwasher for any utensils, tupperware lids, or broken glass from the last few months. Be sure to wipe down the inside of the door and run a cycle of vinegar and baking soda to ensure that everything is extra sparkly and ready to handle the onslaught of holiday dishes and bakeware.
Ready the Serving Utensils: There’s nothing sure to embarrass you faster this holiday than trying to cut your perfectly prepped turkey with a dull knife. Instead of hacking away at your holiday meal, make sure that all of your serving utensils, such as carving knives, are sharpened and polished ahead of time. If you’re using special dishes, inspect everything carefully for cracks, then be sure to wash it all ahead of time in your sparkly dishwasher.
Create a Holiday Prep Schedule: What is on your holiday menu? The good news is that there are a variety of dishes that can be cooked a day or two in advance. Even fruits and vegetables can be pre-chopped then stored before use. Make a list of everything you’re going to make for your holiday party, decide what can be made in advance, and prep as much as possible.
A lot of people stress about the holidays, but with a little preparedness you won't need to be one of them! Not quite ready to think about holiday cooking? Don't miss how to prep your home for the cooler temperatures this fall and winter.
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