Project Thanksgiving: 6 Tips to Get Yourself Ready for Turkey Day Guests

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already just around the corner? Pretty soon your home will be infiltrated with guests, relatives and that one aunt who always has something to say about how you keep house!

And there’s plenty to do before then. Besides food shopping and turning out dinner for 15, you’ll have to make sure the house is in great shape—and maybe even clean enough to give Aunt Ruth a reason to bite her tongue! Here’s what you can do now for a peaceful Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving feast

Turn Down the Guestroom Bed

If you have guests staying in the spare bedroom, you’ll want to make sure they’ll have everything they need for a comfortable visit. Wash bedding, towels and washcloths, remaking the bed when you’re finished. Spritz the sheets with linen spray and stock the guest bathroom with soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and any other necessities you think your visitors might want.

Sharpen Kitchen Knives

Your cutlery is going to be seeing a lot of use soon, and dull blades can be dangerous—especially when cutting through tough vegetables like sweet potatoes. Sharpen your knives using a whetstone, diamond stone or honing rod for a smooth, safer cut.

Clean Silverware and Plates

If you’re using a special set of dishes for the evening, make sure to wash them thoroughly before the big day. If you have silver cutlery, give them a good shine beforehand with baking soda and aluminum foil. It sounds weird, but it really works!

Childproof the House

There’s nothing like the sound of children’s laughter for the holidays, which is why, if you have little ones coming over, you’ll want to do everything to make your home safe and comfortable for guests of all ages. Buy gates to keep kids off stairs and plug covers to keep little hands from wandering where they shouldn’t.

Clean out the Coat Closet

The hallway coat closet can get jammed with day-to-day storage like vacuum cleaners, extra coats and the like. But you’re going to need that space when guests come, so move it to the garage or a bedroom temporarily. Or purchase a freestanding coat rack if you need a little extra room.

Get Your Drains in Check

Animal fat, potato peels and more can easily clog your garbage disposal and make for an unhappy cleanup after the evening meal. So if your sink is already draining a little slow, it may not be a bad idea to schedule a plumber to come snake it out. Same thing for your bathroom sinks and toilets too. After all, the holidays are stressful enough! No need to leave anything up to chance!

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