05 Nov Preparing Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving
Stock up on the right utensils.
You’ll want to take a major inventory of what kitchen utensils you have on hand so that you aren’t found lacking of basic necessities when Thanksgiving rolls around. Oven mitts, trivets, a roasting pan, pie pans, a potato masher, a carving fork and knife—these are only a few of the items you’ll need to make sure you have in your kitchen. Check out our post on essential Thanksgiving kitchen utensils for an in-depth look at what you’ll need for the big day.
Take an inventory of your serveware and dinnerware.
Needless to say, you’re going to be serving a great many more people on Thanksgiving than usual. Do you have enough plates, bowls, glasses, silverware, and linens to accommodate everyone? What about serving dishes and utensils? With you be able to accommodate every dish? Take an inventory of what you have on hand and supplement (or borrow) as needed. You can even rent china if you’re not wanting to store extra dinnerware year-round.
Don’t forget about some of those more Thanksgiving-specific serving tools, either, like a carving fork and knife, pie server, gravy boat, and carving board.
Of course, you’ll want to welcome your guests to a clean and inviting home come Thanksgiving Day. Give your kitchen more cleaning attention than usual, and get to those certain cleaning tasks that you often overlook. A few suggestions:
Sweep and mop your floors, being sure to get the floorboards
Clean and degrease your stovetop
Clean your oven and run it on the clean setting
Clean the inside of your dishwasher
Clean out your pantry of old and unused items
Dust and spot-clean your walls
Disinfect your garbage can inside and out
Detail clean kitchen cabinets and furniture
Polish and condition your counters
Clean your windows
Launder any linens, including window curtains
Dust forgotten areas, such as your window treatments, lighting, and ceiling fan
Are there any problems in your kitchen that need addressing, such as a broken stovetop burner or unhinged cabinet door? Be sure to make those repair now so that they won’t hinder you on Thanksgiving Day. And if you’ve been considering investing in new appliances, cabinets, or countertops, now might be the perfect time, as you’ll already start getting your money’s worth come Thanksgiving Day.