Getting Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays
We may be halfway through the holiday season, but it’s never too late to read up on how to get (and keep) your kitchen ready for the holidays. The need for optimal kitchen function and use of your kitchen space during this season has always been so much more than hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, having your family over for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, or hosting a New Year’s Eve shindig.
Nowadays, especially with so much of the world desperate to return to gathering with family and friends during the holiday season – something we’ve been deprived of for almost two years due to the pandemic – your kitchen needs to be ready on any given day. There’s a lot you can do to get your kitchen ready, from major changes to minor adjustments. Either way, here are some tips to help you get your kitchen ready for the holidays:
The first and foremost thing you need to do to get your kitchen holiday-ready is to give it a deep cleaning. Unplug and empty every appliance, cabinet, and drawer, and remove any transportable appliances and furniture. Then get into every nook and cranny of your kitchen and clean it to the best of your ability.
Once deep cleaning is finished, create a checklist of routine, daily cleaning tasks. It’s critical to do the daily work so that when the holiday events arrive, your deep cleaning efforts won’t have been in vain. The daily cleaning also helps your kitchen function properly.
Part of keeping your kitchen prepared for the holidays, after getting it prepared by rigorously cleaning it, requires on-demand spot cleaning. Don’t ignore any spills, splashes, smudges, or anything that, however small, contaminates your kitchen.
Restock on Kitchen Supplies
With three levels of cleaning necessary to get your kitchen prepared for the holidays, you’ll obviously need to stock up on cleaning supplies. While you’re at it, take a broader approach and stock up on all the kitchen supplies you need, such as baking sheets, serving dishes and utensils, cooking gadgets and more.
Prepare Your Kitchen Apparatus
Imagine preparing your kitchen almost perfectly for the holiday season, hosting your family for Christmas dinner, spending a lot of time, money, and energy into making the whole experience grand and memorable, and then disaster strikes when you’re cutting the turkey (or ham) because your knives are blunt and the force of cutting sends the turkey off the greasy tray onto the floor! The point is, prepare your hardware and tools. For example, inspect and sharpen your knives or get them professionally sharpened.
Shopping (Of Course)
One of the most critical ways in which you can get your kitchen ready for the holidays is to give it something to be prepared for. In other words, do your grocery shopping – early and strategically – so that when the time comes, you’ll have the items necessary to put your well-prepared kitchen to good use.