To be honest, having to prepare all the festive meals for thanksgiving is already a handful, so who would still have time to deep-clean the house? We’re not saying you should redo your carpet or completely overhaul the guest bathroom, but if you want your home comfortable enough for your guests, these are the spots inside your house that you should hit first. (No pressure here, of course–you can cover a room one day at a time, leading to the main event.)
- Living Room
Focus on where your guests will be. If you don’t want to make the party an outdoor event, the living room is likely the space to accommodate them. The first order of business: Remove clutter and then dust the major surfaces. You can focus on coffee and side tables, electronics, low shelves, and other areas that are easily visible. Also, make sure that the couch pillows are fluffed since…you don’t exactly want to announce to everyone that someone takes long naps in there.
For a cozy, November-y setting, get the fireplace going, turn off the overhead lights and use lamps instead. Light some candles too. Not only does this kind of lighting set a comfortable mood that’s so suited for the season, but it also draws the eye away from any areas that weren’t deep-cleaned. To boost the mood for Thanksgiving, you can also decorate the room with flowers, pumpkins or even this brilliant DIY gratitude tree that allows guests to note what they are grateful for on colorful paper leaves attached to a vase of bare branches.While you don’t have time to deep clean the whole living room, just make sure to keep a humidifier or air purifier in the room to promote a clean and pleasant feel that everyone will enjoy. By the way, during the party, put on some soothing music!
- Dining Room
You can also keep kitchen clutter to a minimum by preparing your ingredients ahead of time. Some expert tips:
- Measure what’s needed for a recipe and put the package away immediately to clear your countertop.
- Group measured ingredients on a large sheet pan so everything can be easily moved out of the way if the space is needed.
- Chop ingredients in batches. For example, if multiple recipes need garlic, chop all the garlic at the same time, place on zip-top bags and store inside fridge.
- Guest’s Bedroom
Speaking of an overnight guest, how ready is your guest bedroom? Does it have enough space for luggage and unpacked items? Your guest will appreciate thoughtful details like a small luggage rack, a bench or chair to sit on, an empty drawer space, a few hangers in the closet. You can go the extra mile by providing necessities like water bottles, extra towels, and even easy Wi-fi access. And since the days are only getting colder, your guests may feel that your heating system is not enough. By offering an extra set of cozy blankets and throws, they will immediately feel more at home.How far along are you in terms of Thanksgiving preparations? What other ways are you preparing your house for the big day?