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22 Crucial Projects to Get Done Before Hosting Thanksgiving

Company is coming! Make sure your house is shipshape and that your guests will be comfortable by getting these important tasks done before Thanksgiving.

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Check Dining ChairsFamily Handyman

Check Dining Chairs

Test out all the dining chairs you plan to use to get your dining room ready for thanksgiving and fix any chairs that are wobbly.And if you think you'll need extra chairs, check with neighbors or friends to see if they have any you can borrow.

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Is the Fireplace Ready for Thanksgiving?

If you haven't used the fireplace yet this season, there are several things you should do to make sure it's ready for thanksgiving and winter. And your Thanksgiving company will appreciate this task. But remember: Safety first! Plus: These are things you should never burn in your fireplace.

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Fix Your Oven

Use this step-by-step guide for an oven that won’t heat. Most fixes take less than an hour and save the expense of a service call. We show solutions for both electric and gas ovens.

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Stock the Bathroom

Make sure to stock the bathroom your guests will be using with plenty of toilet paper and clean towels. And put a package of cleaning wipes under the sink so you can quickly clean up the sink, counter and toilet when needed.

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Check Plates, Glasses and Silverware

Make sure you'll have enough plates, glasses, silverware and serving dishes for all your guests and holiday meals. And if you think you'll need more of anything, ask a friend or neighbor if you can borrow what you need.

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Clean the Refrigerator

Be honest hereanything that is expired or hasn't been touched in months should be tossed. Empty out the fridge and scrub the shelves and walls with a mix of half vinegar and half water. Cleaning out the fridge will get your kitchen ready for thanksgiving because now you'll have more room to store your delicious leftovers. Plus: Check out these genius ideas for fitting everyone at the Thanksgiving table.

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Clear the Clutter

Look for any clutter around the living room, entryway, kitchen and any prime places people will gather. Get rid of old mail, magazines, newspapers and spent candles. Dust the coffee and end tables, mantel and media center, this will help get your home ready for thanksgiving.

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Fix the Toilet

If the toilet in the guest bathroom keeps running, now's the best time to fix it to get your home ready for thanksgiving. And make sure nothing is leaking and toilet handles aren't loose. Check out 100 more home repairs you can actually do yourself.

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Repair the Leaking FaucetFamily Handyman

Repair the Leaking Faucet

The last thing you want to deal with on Thanksgiving is a leaky faucet.And you can fix almost any drippy single-lever kitchen faucet in about an hour.

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Deodorize the Sofa

Use this handy hint if theres a funky smell lurking in your couch or upholstered chair: Sprinkle a generous amount of regular baking soda onto the fabric and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. The baking soda will help to release odors and break up some light stains in the fabric.

After about 20 minutes, remove the baking sodaand the funky smellwith a handheld vacuum or a hose attachment for your large vacuum. Here are some more amazing uses for baking soda you may not be aware of.

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Clean the Blinds and Wash the CurtainsSimon Kadula/Shutterstock

Clean the Blinds and Wash the Curtains

Here's another chance to get honest with yourself. When was the last time you wiped down the blinds or washed the living room curtains? Pet fur and dander, dust and mildew can all wreak havoc on those with allergies.Get your home ready for thanksgiving and prepare for all of your guests health needs.

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Clean the Oven

It's great that your mother-in-law said she'd bring her famous green bean casserole to bake at your house. But do you really want her to see the current situation in your oven? Get it cleaned before she shows up without using harsh chemicals.

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Refinish Embarrassingly Rough Floors

If you have the will and a whole day (or two) to yourself, you can refinish the hardwood floors in the major areas of your home. You don’t necessarily need to sand, but if the floor is damaged enough to warrant buffing, check out your local hardware store and rent the equipment for anywhere from 4-48 hours. Here’s how to refinish your hardwood floors.

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Ready the Guest Bedroom

If you're having overnight guests, be sure to get all the bedding, including sheets, blankets and comforters washed before they arrive. Clean the ceiling fan (or fix it if it's wobbly), wash the rug and make sure the room is vacuumed and dusted. Need more sleeping space in your home? Learn how to build a Murphy bed with storage here.

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Build a Bigger Table

No, we aren't talking a feat of woodworking precision, but a simple sawhorse thanksgiving table that is a snap to set up for entertaining and folds down when not in use. Andsawhorses are very easy to build and you can use an old door or other flat slab of wood (or melamine) as the tabletop. Whether covered with a tablecloth or left as a rustic centerpiece, your entire family will be happy with enough room to dine in style.

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Replace Upholstery

Do you have a piece of upholstered furniture that has worn or torn fabric? Don’t worry! You can replace the fabric with a design of your own choice. In fact, you may be able to make it better than ever!

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Stop Dirt and Dust at the Door

It would be hard to prove, but it is commonly held that approximately half of the dirt and dust in your home gets inside on your shoes and boots. Keep mats at each exterior door, one outside and one inside to be extra careful. Shake them out away from open windows and wash or hose them down regularly.Make this boot scraper and put it near your back door to keep dirt from getting inside.

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Deep Clean Rugs and Carpeting

Take advantage of one of those beautiful fall afternoons to give your rugs a deep clean. Take area rugs outside and give them a good shake (or a good whack), then give them a thorough vacuum with your shop vac. Don't forget our interior carpetsyou can rent a carpet cleaner and give your carpet a deep clean before you start hosting holiday gatherings.

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Get a Cooking Caddy for Convenience

Keep condiments and spices in an easy-to-carry rack to free up countertop space (check out more space-saving tips for a small kitchen). You always want salt, cooking oils and your favorite spices next to the stove because you use them every day. But they don't have to take up valuable counter space full time. Place them all in a caddy that you can instantly stow in a cabinet after cooking. You'll find caddies in various shapes, sizes and prices at any store that sells kitchenware.

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Pretty Up Your Pantry

You can easily organize your dry goods by storing them inside jars and canisters. Not only can you create uniformity in your pantry storage this way, but you can also see at a glance where your lentils, rice, or oats are stashed. Arranging these jars on display on open shelves can also give your kitchen a rustic, homestead-chic look.

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Buy Some Food Early and Keep it Organized

Use those leftover closet racks as cabinet organizers. Trim the racks to length with a hacksaw and then mount screws to the backside of the face frame to hold the racks in place. The backside of the rack simply rests against the back of the cabinet. Now you can easily store and find your cranberry sauce and the rest of your inventory at a glance with this pantry storage solution. See more brilliant solutions like this.

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Get To-Go Containers in Order

This organizer is made of birch veneer cabinet-grade plywood and can be placed inside a cabinet or on a pantry shelf. Make your own to custom fit your extra to-go containers and your kitchen. Here’s how to make it yourself.

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