As the holiday season approaches, you may be planning several gatherings for family and friends. Clean and organize your home ahead of time so you can focus on your guests when they arrive.
Clean kitchen appliances. The microwave is about to earn its keep, so give it a thorough cleaning before the festivities begin. Remove the rotating plate to wash by hand or in the dishwasher, and wipe down the inside walls and door. Purge your refrigerator of unwanted leftovers and expired food, and reorganize whatever is left to free up space for casseroles and food trays. Ensure that nothing is blocking the cold air vents in the refrigerator or freezer.
Don't clean the oven. The self-clean cycle is hard on ovens and often leaves behind an unpleasant aroma. Unless your oven is overly dirty, save the deep clean for after the holidays.
Purify your coffee maker. If you have a group of coffee-drinkers heading to town, give your coffee maker a good cleansing so it's ready to brew multiple pots a day. Run a cycle of vinegar and water, followed by two cycles of plain water. Thoroughly scrub the basket and pot.
Be prepared. Place a non slip rug by the doors to wipe wet shoes. Be sure to have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and test smoke alarms throughout the house. Buy a first-aid kit and basic over-the-counter medications to have on hand.
Stock bathrooms. Give bathrooms a deep clean and stock with extra hand towels, toilet paper and facial tissues in easy-to-find places. Consider placing a scented candle in each bathroom as well.
Childproof your home. If you don't have young children but will be hosting families with babies and toddlers, childproof your home by moving breakable decor out of reach, covering all outlets and safely blocking off your staircases.