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Cold weather means a number of things in my household: the beginning of cozy sock season and the turning point in my family’s annual hibernation. My little kingdom, husband, and I have been settling in and watching tons of football, and classic movies.
We’ve been working on Madlibs to improve writing and reading skills, And we’ve been taking turns reading aloud The Night Before Christmas book. There’s nothing like revisiting great winter stories to make you feel the most gratitude for our busy modern lives, even when the temperature drops outside.
All of these low-tech pleasures remind me of growing up as a child with my family in Michigan. I lived for when the first snow would come to our home, and we would begin putting out the Christmas decorations, ordering winter clothes from JC Penny, and calling our friends to head to the park to make the first snowman of the year, and to go sledding down the biggest hills that we could find with all the freedom in the world!
Sure, sometimes we spent a fair amount of time in the house waiting for awesome comfort food that my mother would make all the time! Yet those cozy days of being with family in the tantalizing kitchen, and the smell of delicious food became the center of our lives, those special days turned into the most important family traditions of my life.
Since the kitchen is the heart of the home. I am going to take the time out of my busy adulating schedule, to create a clean slate in my kitchen for holiday cooking for my loved ones this season. I especially thought that it would be important to prep my kitchen before the holiday festivities begin in my household. I am going to share with you 8 ways to prep your kitchen for holidays.
8 Ways to prep your kitchen for the holidays
1. Set aside a few days to clear out food items: I think that it is important to set aside a few days during the week or the weekend to clear out food items from the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to create more room for all of those holiday delights and treats.
Make sure to get rid of all the expired or unwanted food items, that maybe taking up space in the pantry shelf. Go through all the condiments and pitch all the expired and empty bottles.
2. Check the spices: My most favorite thing in the world are the spices added to holiday foods to make a flavorful dish to last a lifetime. Check all of the spices for the best buy dates that I plan to use for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. If all else fails and I have any doubt about the dates, I will just throw out all spices that are over a year old.
3. Clean oven and dishwasher: It is beyond important to have clean appliances to cook those fabulous holiday meals. Cleaning the oven is not the most fun thing to do, at times it can be a real pain to clean the oven and dishwasher for the season.
4. Wash dishes, flatware, glasses, and linens: I think that washing dishes, flatware, glasses, and linens are key to having a successful dinner for the family. When you prepare the items at least a couple days ahead or even a week, the worry and stress becomes less and I can focus on the menu and cooking the festive meal.
5. Deep Clean countertops: The countertops are like the canvas that a world renowned painter would use to create a magical painting, that is exactly the way that I view my countertops. I believe that you should deep clean the countertops to prep your kitchen for the holidays. You can use lemon essential oils, dish detergent, and a basic sponge for the job.
6. Wash down kitchen floors: My kitchen floors get heavy traffic all year round, simply because I have young children and a husband with a beyond hectic work schedule. I have my mop on deck 24/7 but especially during the holidays!
7. Declutter: This is my go-to for the season decluttering and purging at the end of the year seems to happen naturally for me these days.
Go through your kitchen and remove extra items from countertops, tables, junk drawers, and anything that stands out as clutter in the kitchen.
8. Stock up on staples for the holidays: Stocking up on the important things is something that I have started doing this month.
To save a great deal of time and effort, and to make the holidays a little more relaxing for you, be sure that you have everything that you need on deck, to avoid those random shopping trips with last-minute holiday grocery shoppers in the future>
Be sure to be stocked up on everything from dish detergent, garbage bags, paper towels, Ziploc bags, dessert dishes, napkins, and disposable roasting pan.
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