Thanksgiving is the best time of year to celebrate with family and friends, enjoy delicious food, and express gratitude for all the blessings in life. But if you’ve volunteered to host this year, getting ready for Turkey Day can bring some serious stress.
After planning your menu and Shopping for your feast, Wi cleaningOur home is the next major task from top to bottom, And we all know that can be a huge undertaking.
That’s why we created this ultimate downloadable Thanksgiving home cleaning checklist,
It outlines everything you need to do and simplifies cleaning your house in the three days before Thanksgiving. follow these stepsAnd you’ll have a sparkling clean home he will be make you feel proud and impress your guests without any pressure,
what you’ll need
Before you start cleaning, make sure you have the following supplies available:
- Sponge, cloth and brush: You will need these to wipe, clean, and dust various surfaces. Choose a microfiber cloth for a lint-free and streak-free finish. Use different colors or labels to avoid cross-contamination between rooms or areas.
- vacuum cleaner: A vacuum cleaner with attachments is essential for cleaning carpets, rugs, curtains, upholstery and hard-to-reach areas. Choose a model with a HEPA filter to trap allergens and dust mites.
- Mop and bucket: Mops and buckets filled with hot water and soap are useful for cleaning hard floors like tile, wood or laminate. You can also use a steam mop for a deep and chemical-free clean.
- Broom and dustbin: Useful for cleaning dirt and debris from hard floors and outdoor areas.
- Duster and Microfiber Cloth: A duster with a long handle or extension pole can help you clean ceiling fans, light fixtures, walls, and other high places. Microfiber cloths are great for picking up dust on furniture, picture frames, and mirrors.
- Spray Bottles: A spray bottle is convenient for applying cleaning solutions like vinegar, water, or making your own household cleaner. More than one may be useful for creating different cleaning solutions.
- cleaning products: You will need different cleaning products for different purposes, including all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, wood cleaner, metal cleaner, disinfectant, degreaser, stain remover, mold remover, etc. Go with “green” non-toxic Make your own from ready-made products, or natural ingredients. See below for some recipes and recommendations.
- gloves: Gloves are important to protect your hands from harsh chemicals, dirt, and germs. And it can also protect your nails from breakage and wear. Choose disposable or reusable gloves that fit well and are comfortable to wear.
- Cleaning Rags: These can be used to clean dirt and grime and shine surfaces around the house.
- garbage bags: Garbage bags are essential for collecting and disposing of trash, clutter, and unwanted items. Use different sizes and colors to sort your trash according to your local recycling rules.
3-4 days before Thanksgiving: Declutter your space
The first step toward a clean home is getting rid of the clutter that accumulates over time. Clutter makes your space look messy, takes up valuable storage space and makes it hard to clean.
Here are some tips for decluttering your space:
- Start with the areas your guests will see, such as living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and guest bedroom. If you don’t want anyone peeking in, you can leave other rooms for later, or close the doors.
- Focus on one room at a time, and one category at a time. For example, you might start with books, then magazines, then newspapers, and so on. This will help you avoid getting overwhelmed and distracted.
- Use boxes, bags or baskets Sort your items into one of four piles: Keep, Donate, Sell, or Toss. Label them clearly and keep them in a designated area, such as a garage, basement, or spare room. Don’t mix them up or leave them lying around.
- be honest, Ask yourself if you really need, use, or like the items you get, but you don’t know what to do with. If you hesitate or the answer is no, let it go. Don’t hold on to things that you think you might need someday, but you haven’t touched in years. Remember, less is more.
Other tasks to complete:
- remove cobwebs In the corners and along the edge of the roof.
- Vacuum under furniture and corners To remove dust and dirt.
- Dust shelves, bookshelves, tables and mantles With a microfiber cloth or feather duster. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove any dust or cobwebs.
- Clean ceiling fans and lamp shades,
- clean windows inside and out,
2-3 days before Thanksgiving: Clean the bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms to clean before Thanksgiving, because it’s where your guests will feel refreshed and comfortable. You want your bathroom to look and smell clean, and have all the essentials your guests might need.
Here are some tips for cleaning the bathroom:
- Start by removing everything from counters, shelves, and shower., Place them in a basket or bag and keep them aside. This will make it easier to wipe and clean surfaces.
- Spray on sinks, faucets, tubs, showers and toilets Leave it on for a few minutes with a lemon-scented disinfectant cleaner. Then, scrub them with a sponge or brush and rinse with water. Don’t forget to clean the drain, shower head, toilet seat and lid.
- Wipe down mirrors, light fixtures, door handles and switch plates With a microfiber cloth and a glass cleaner. Polish them until they shine.
- Use a small brush or cotton swab for this clean tile grout,
- Clean corners, cracks and any mold In the shower/tub area.
- sweep and mop the floor Use a broom and mop, or a vacuum cleaner if you have one. Be sure to get into corners and under furniture.
- Clean and replace towels, bath mats, shower curtains, and restock toilet paper and hand soap. if needed. You can also add a few extra things for your guests, like a scented candle, a vase of flowers, or a toiletry basket.
💡Tip: If you are short on time then the bathroom can be cleaned on the same day as you clean the kitchen.
1-2 days before Thanksgiving: Prepare the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home and the center of the Thanksgiving celebration. You want your kitchen to be clean, organized, and ready for cooking and serving food.
Here are tips to keep your kitchen clean:
- Start by emptying and cleaning the fridge and oven, Throw away any expired or spoiled food, and wipe shelves and drawers with a damp cloth and mild cleaner. For the oven, you can use the self-cleaning feature if it has one, or spray it with oven cleaner and let it sit overnight. Then wipe it with a wet cloth and wash it with water.
- Clean the stovetop, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and any other appliances Which you will use. You can use a damp cloth and mild cleaner, or a solution of vinegar and water to remove any grease, crumbs or stains. Don’t forget to clean knobs, buttons, and handles too.
- Wash and dry dishes, pots, pans and bakeware Which you will need for cooking and serving food. You can use a dishwasher if you have one, or wash them by hand with warm water and soap. Make sure to wash them thoroughly and dry them with a clean towel. Keep them in a safe and accessible place, such as a cabinet, drawer, or rack.
- Wipe down countertops, backsplashes, sinks, and faucets With a disinfectant cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Clean them and remove any dirt, spills or stains. You can also use a paste of baking soda and water to scrub any stubborn stains.
- Clean the oven hood and fan filters,
- Organize Cabinets, Drawers, and Pantry, Throw away expired food and wipe down shelves.
- Do a final vacuum run and mop the floor. be sure to Get into corners and under furniture.
The Big Day: The Final Stage
You don’t need to do a lot of cleaning on Thanksgiving, since most of the work is already done. You just need to do a few finishing touches to make your home festive and attractive.
Here are some tips for finalizing the look:
- Fluff and organize pillows and cushions On sofas, chairs and beds. You can also add some throws or blankets for added comfort and warmth.
- decorate your house With some seasonal items, like pumpkins, fall leaves, candles, wreaths, or garland. You can also use some personal items, like photos, artwork or mementos, to add some character and charm.
- set the table With your best tablecloth, napkins, plates, glasses and silverware. You can also add some centerpieces, like a vase of flowers, a bowl of fruit, or a bread basket. Don’t forget to add some place cards if you want to assign seats to your guests.
- clear debris From verandas, terraces, courtyards and entryways.
- Light some candles, spray some air freshener, or make a DIY simmer pot with spices and citrus fruits on the stove to create a pleasant and welcoming scent. You can also play some music or turn on the fireplace to create a cozy and festive atmosphere.
This can all be done the night before Thanksgiving if you have guests arriving early.
Checklist + DIY Cleaning Methods
To help you keep track of your cleaning progress, we’ve created a printable Holiday Cleaning Checklist Which you can print and use.
The checklist covers the main tasks for each room and area of your home, but you can add or modify them as needed. You can also check off tasks as you complete them, so you don’t miss anything.
Check out these links for some simple, easy and healthy cleaning recipes:
enjoy your thanksgiving
Now that you have cleaned your house and prepared it for Thanksgiving you can relax and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.
Celebrate a job well done and be grateful for all the good things in your life. happy Thanksgiving!