Eight Cleaning Tips to Help You End Thanksgiving on a High Note

Dated: 11/25/2019

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Thanksgiving is a great time to bond with family over warm, homecooked feasts. But after the festivities, you're left with a mess that needs serious cleaning. Here are some tips that will help you tidy up your home after the celebration is over.

Organize your kitchen before preparing food.

Clean and organize your kitchen to ensure that there's plenty of space for your preparations and for cleaning up. Check your cupboards and fridge and dispose of expired ingredients and food items to make way for leftovers.

Use your freezer for storage.

You can use your freezer to extend the life of your ingredients and leftover food. Label food items with their names and storage dates before putting them inside the freezer.

Prepare enough containers for leftovers.

Make sure you have enough containers for storing leftover food. Mason jars are ingenious, safe, and sustainable alternatives to plastic ones.

Prepare an anti-stain set.

Getting stains on your placemats, runners, glass coasters, and table are commonplace during Thanksgiving. Store hydrogen peroxide, a small vial of dishwasher detergent, a small tube of toothpaste and a rag in a safe but accessible area in the dining room or kitchen, so you can address these minor mishaps early on.

Set up soaking buckets.

Fill up a bucket or two with water and dishwashing detergent and hide under your sink. Dunk your pots and pans in these buckets to fast-track cleaning them, while leaving the kitchen sink free from dirty crockery. This will also help you rinse and load dishes in the dishwasher faster.

Line your trash can with two or three garbage bags.

Lining your trash can with two or three bags so that after the first one becomes full, you can toss it and use the one underneath it. This helps you save time from replacing a used garbage bag with a new one. 

Encourage your teenage kids and relatives to help you clean.

Teenagers are spending more time on TikTok and social media nowadays. If you have teenage kids or relatives (or both), encourage them to take a brief respite and help out in cleaning and bonding with each other. Not only will you get your dishes done faster, but also foster camaraderie among cousins who rarely see each other.

Crank up the music.

Thanksgiving fun doesn't have to end with dinner! Play energetic music to get everyone's energy going while cleaning.

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Karey Brown

I am a real estate Broker and have been in business since 2002. I run a team "Preferred Advisors Team" and host a local radio show "Real Estate 101" that airs on Talk Radio 580AM WIBW @ 10 AM every S....

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