Thanksgiving has a habit of sneaking up on people. After all, you’ve just finished getting the kids ready for school. This year, the holiday lands on October 11, giving you about a week and a half to get ready! Even with a time crunch, don’t let the idea of hosting send you spiralling into a panic attack. Here are some tips from our organizational experts to keep you cool and collected through the whole event.
Prep the Kitchen
Thanksgiving is about gratitude, but it wouldn’t be much of a celebration without all the food! As your kitchen is going to be the centrepiece of your event, make sure to set yourself up for success by tidying up. This means cleaning all necessary dishes, cookware, and utensils. Make sure you have all the tools you need on the day of. Then make space in the fridge. You’re going to need that storage come October 12, and you’ll probably be too tired to purge the icebox after the fact.
Target Guest-Specific Areas
If you are running low on time, don’t worry about washing the walls in the master bedroom or organizing the craft room. Focus entirely on the spaces that your guests will visit. That means the bathrooms, guest bedrooms, entertainment, and dining areas. Break down the tasks and work on them over the course of a week leading up to the day your visitors arrive. Spreading them out will greatly reduce your stress levels. \
Dealing with the Aftermath
After your last guest leaves, the last thing you want to do is clean up. Small things will make a big difference and take considerably little energy. Enlist family members to put away the main course as dinner is being prepped to be served. Encourage your guests to place dirty dishes in the dishwasher once they are done being used. Once the food is put away, take a well-deserved break and enjoy the peace and quiet of your home. You can do a big clean tomorrow. Alternatively, book a cleaning service with the professionals and use all that extra time to digest those delicious leftover turkey sandwiches.
Perhaps this year will look a little different than in the past. Instead of a great big gathering, maybe it’s just immediate family or a handful of loved ones. In these unprecedented times, we are thankful for the simpler things in life. Great food, a roof over our heads, and the love of good people – even if we can only see them through a computer screen. We want to thank all our clients from the bottom of our hearts. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Wishing you a safe, happy, and filling Thanksgiving from all of us at Zanjani Cleaning!