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Post-Thanksgiving Cleanup: Tips to Make the Task a Breeze


With Thanksgiving a few days away, it’s time to prepare for the big feast. A clean and tidy house will impress your guests and make your cooking and hosting experience more enjoyable. To ensure a stress-free holiday, below are some essential cleaning tips to consider before Thanksgiving dinner:

First, declutter your living areas by organizing and removing unnecessary items. This will get you in the right mindset for a proper clean. **Decluttering is always the best action before any significant cleaning event.

Tip: If you’re serious about keeping the house as clean as possible during Thanksgiving, encourage guests to take off their shoes before entering the home (or at least in the foyer). The germs and bacteria that travel on the bottom of people’s shoes are astonishing (we’ll cover this in an upcoming blog).

Getting Your Kitchen in Shape

Preparing for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner involves more than just planning the menu and setting the table. As the heart of the celebration, the kitchen requires special attention to ensure a clean and organized space for cooking and entertaining. Here are some essential cleaning tips to get your kitchen in shape before the big day.

  • Wipe down all surfaces, including cabinets, appliances, and backsplashes.
  • Pay extra attention to high-touch areas like handles, knobs, and switches.
  • Focus on your refrigerator next by discarding expired items and organizing perishables.
  • Wipe down shelves and drawers with a gentle cleaner or vinegar solution to eliminate lingering odors.
  • Oh, the oven! Don’t forget about your oven! If your oven is not self-cleaning, you can deep-clean it using an appropriate oven cleaner or a mixture of baking soda and water.

The kitchen is clean, and the living spaces are decluttered—it’s time to start cooking and receiving guests.

During Thanksgiving dinner, be proactive in preventing spills and stains. Use coasters and placemats to protect surfaces from drink condensation or food spills. Encourage guests to use napkins or small plates to catch drips or crumbs.

Tackling The Post-Feast Cleanup

After enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, it’s time to face the inevitable cleaning task. While the aftermath may seem overwhelming, a few strategic steps can make the process more manageable. Start by gathering all your cleaning supplies before diving in. Begin by tackling any food remnants or spills on the countertops and floors, using appropriate cleaners for each surface.

Don’t forget to wipe down appliances and remove any lingering food odors. Next, focus on the dishes and utensils. Pre-soaking them in warm, soapy water can help break down stubborn grease and make washing easier later. Load your dishwasher efficiently, ensuring that delicate items are placed carefully. Lastly, remove any clutter from the dining area and living spaces, returning them to their pre-dinner state. Sweep or vacuum floors to remove any crumbs or debris.

Do something nice for others!

All of us at Anago wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. During this time spent with family and friends, reflecting on the value of giving back and caring for others is essential. This holiday is not just a time for enjoying delicious food and spending quality time with loved ones, but also an opportunity to show gratitude by helping those in need.

Giving back to the community reinforces the spirit of togetherness and fosters a sense of empathy and compassion. Whether it’s through volunteering at a local shelter, donating to food drives, or simply reaching out to someone who may be feeling lonely, these acts of kindness can make a profound difference in the lives of others. Caring for others during Thanksgiving creates an atmosphere of gratitude, love, and support, which is essential for building stronger and more resilient communities.

Happy Thanksgiving!