Get Your Home Ready to Host Thanksgiving with These 17 Projects
Company is coming! Make sure your house is shipshape and that your guests will be comfortable by getting these important tasks done before Thanksgiving.
Fix Your Oven
Whether you expecting 20 or two guests, if you’re hosting the holidays, you’ll be responsible for much of the cooking. Get your oven in working order before Thanksgiving Day. A oven that won’t heat or a gas burner that won’t light are common problems that you can often fix yourself, usually in less than an hour.
It’s best to check your oven early, several weeks before Thanksgiving at least. Appliance repair techs are busy this time of year, and it could take some time before they can get to your house for a more involved repair.
Stock the Bathroom
When inviting guests into your home, try to think of the things they might need so they don’t have to ask. Consider providing toothpicks, air freshener and anything else that will increase their comfort.
Check Plates, Glasses and Silverware
Wash your dishes as you cook so the things you need are clean when guests arrive. Like the oven, check to make sure your dishwasher is working well before company arrives. You can fix a dishwasher that won’t drain yourself, but for bigger problems, you may need to call a pro.
Clean the Refrigerator
Clear the Clutter
Is the Fireplace Ready for Thanksgiving?
Clean the Blinds and Wash the Curtains
Clean the Oven
Ready the Guest Bedroom
Build a Bigger Table
A bigger table also gives you more room to decorate. Create a beautiful Thanksgiving table that draws people in for a good meal.
Check Dining Chairs
Thanksgiving celebrations usually involve large gatherings of family and friends sharing a meal. Once you’ve fixed your chairs, be sure there are enough to seat everyone at the Thanksgiving table.
Do you have a dining room chairs with 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!
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 door 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.
Get a Cooking Caddy for Convenience
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.
Keep Food 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.
If you need to go out and grab a few last-minute food items, make sure you know the stores closed on Thanksgiving this year.
This DIY kitchen 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.