It’s that time of year again! The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that means- lots of family gatherings, parties, and delicious food! Overwhelmed by holiday prep? Whether you’re hosting or attending these events, here are some tips to help get your kitchen ready for the busy holiday season.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are just around the corner and you’re starting to prepare your house for all the guests that will be coming over. If you want to keep your kitchen looking great, there are a few things you need to do now. You don’t want it to be cluttered with dishes or foods when everyone arrives, so take these simple steps now before it gets too busy!
Organize the Pantry
The pantry is a great place to start when preparing your kitchen for the holidays. Make sure you have plenty of food storage containers on hand so you can easily pack up any leftovers. You’ll also want to have plenty of plates, silverware, and other necessary pantry items.
Organize the Spice Rack
If you’re like me, your spice rack is a hot mess. It’s probably cluttered with spices that you never use and half-empty bottles of spice mixes. Now is the perfect time to reorganize your spice rack so that it’s ready for all of your holiday cooking! Spices lose their flavor quickly after they’ve been opened so it’s important not to waste any of your spice mixes!
Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets
When you’re getting your kitchen ready for the holidays, one of the most important things to do is clean your kitchen cabinets. If they’re not clean, all of the food and dishes that you’ll be storing in them will get dirty and there won’t be enough room to store everything.
The best way to clean kitchen cabinets is to give them a quick wipe down with kitchen cleaner and paper towels. If they’re really dirty, you might also need to scrub the inside of them with an abrasive sponge or kitchen brush. If there are spots on your cabinets that won’t come clean no matter how much scrubbing you do, try using this trick: mix baking soda and white vinegar to make a paste. Apply the mixture directly to the spots with kitchen gloves, then let it sit for about 15 minutes before wiping it all away. This process will also remove any odors that might be trapped in your kitchen cabinets!
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Clean the Sink
The sink is one of the most important areas to clean in preparation for the Christmas holidays. Make sure to scrub it well and remove any food or grease build-up. You may also want to consider using a sink liner to protect it from scratches and stains. A sink liner can be easily cleaned and replaced if necessary.
Wipe out the Microwave
The microwave is one of the most-used appliances in the kitchen, so it’s important to give it a good cleaning before using it to prepare food for the holidays. Start by wiping out any spills or messes with a damp cloth. Then, use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean the inside of the microwave. Finally, microwave a bowl of lemon juice or water to help remove any lingering odors. Your microwave will be clean and ready to use for all your holiday cooking needs!
Clean Your Cookware
Clean your cookware now to make clean-up easier during the holidays. This will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed as well as prevent spills and messes inside of your oven or on your countertops! It’s also a good idea to take it one pan at a time, so if you haven’t used something for a while, go ahead and take it out to thaw.
If you have a dishwasher, now is the time to run your holiday dishes through it! You can also start loading up your dishwasher with all of the silverware and glasses that you’ll need for upcoming events. This will help you avoid having to do a bunch of dishes on Christmas Day!
Don’t Forget the Oven
When it comes to the oven, make sure that you give it a good cleaning before using it again. All of the built-up food and grease can cause your food to taste bad and may even be dangerous. Make sure that you get into all of the crevices and corners of your oven to give it a good scrub.
No Expired Food
Throw out expired food before the holidays. It is even more important to do so if you will be hosting a large group of relatives or friends for dinner parties and feasts during the holiday season!
One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is to decorate your kitchen. There are so many things you can do to make it festive, from hanging ornaments on the cabinets to putting up a Christmas tree in the corner. You can also bake cookies and other treats in advance so that your kitchen smells like Christmas all the time.
Prep Your Fridge
One of the most important tasks to do before preparing for Christmas is to clean your fridge. Make sure to get rid of any expired food and give it a good scrubbing inside and out. This will help keep your fridge smelling fresh and free from bacteria during the holiday season.
You want to be able to enjoy your time with family and friends, not spend it stressing over making this the best holiday yet. Make a list of everything that needs to be done and prioritize it. And most importantly – enjoy yourself!
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