Thanksgiving is over; guests have left and now comes the hard part for us hosts—-clean up. As much as it’s planned beforehand, no one is ever prepared for the mess that ensues after we fill up with yummy food; however, with these time-saving tips your kitchen and home will be cleaned in no time.
The most time-saving you can do during the holiday cooking is cleaning. It may sound obvious, but holiday cleaning should be done as you go. After you prepare each course, clean up before you start the next part of your meal. Cleaning as you finish each dessert or side will save time for the big clean afterward.
After the meal is finished, leftovers should be done first. Food that needs to be refrigerated cannot sit out to long so tackle that task before cleaning. Once leftovers are done and put in the fridge, time to get cleaning.
Get everyone involved to speed up the cleaning. Kids can help take out the trash or do the simple tasks of wiping off the table and chairs after being cleared. For those with dishwashers, fill it and forget it. Get to another task while it runs through a cycle and then refill if necessary. Any sort of help will cut corners and save time!
Don’t skip the soaking process. Some cleaners say to spray and wipe, but you can let it soak loosening more dirt and grime. While you let countertops and the stove soak, mop the kitchen floor or vacuum. A quick mop or vacuum after the deep-cleaning you did the day before should be all you need.
Cleaning is never something someone wants to do, but make it fun. Put on good music, offer rewards or treats to the little ones, anything that brings the family together again. NOW, IT’s all done until the Christmas meal comes around.
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