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This Week’s Houseworks Checklist
Get down and dirty with a kitchen clean-up! American Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners put new emphasis on the household’s kitchen. This week, we tackle kitchen clutter, cleaning and organization
Moving shelf by shelf, cupboard by cupboard, take on kitchen clutter this week. Using the STOP clutter method, bring food preparation workspaces to a lean, mean, efficient state.
Once clutter is conquered, a kitchen clean-out is in order. Rout out the grime and corral the crumbs for a sparkling holiday kitchen.
Don’t worry about pantry, freezer or refrigerator just yet … we’ll turn to food storage areas next week.
This Week’s Holiday Prep Checklist
Organize holiday recipes. It’s November … do you know where your seasonal recipes are? Dig out the recipes you use during the holiday season, and add them to the holiday recipes planner. Thanksgiving Day is too busy to waste time hunting for the Green Bean Casserole recipe.
Plan Thanksgiving menus. If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to make a menu plan. Use a menu planner form, and delegate, delegate, delegate!
Plan holiday baking. With recipes out, make a list of baked goodies you’ll make for the holidays. Our holiday baking plannerform is a good place to start.
Buy containers for freezer meals, baked goods or kitchen gifts. Holiday-themed disposable containers are available now. Double up on freezer food storage bags, too; they’ll do triple duty this month.
Order Thanksgiving turkey.
Bake any fruitcakes or Christmas cakes which require mellowing. Now’s the time to bake the Christmas cakes! You’ll have eight weeks to mellow them before the season.
Do a tabletop check. Inventory serving pieces, stemware, china and flatware. Check store flyers for sales. Will you be ready to set a pretty holiday table?