One of the best things about the holidays is the food. Who doesn’t get nostalgic about roast turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, freshly-baked rolls and tins and tins of homemade Christmas candy? (If you’re drooling, rest assured we are too!) But in the 11 months between holidays, many of us forget how much work it takes to put out a spread like this; and let’s not forget the clean-up that goes with it. You’ve cooked up a storm, and your kitchen is proof of the aftermath with dishes piled and garbage overflowing. Instead of playing games or getting cozy on the couch to watch a holiday movie, you’re stuck cleaning up the mess. What you need is a recipe for a clean, functional, holiday kitchen that works with you, not against you. Lucky for you, we have one.
“Melt Your Heart” Manageable Holiday Kitchen
“A must-have holiday tradition!”
- All Purpose Cleaner
- Dish Soap
- Dishwasher Soap
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
- Trash Bags
- Clean Hand Towels (many)
- Clean Dish Cloths
- Gumption (more than a dash)
- Patience (bucket-full)
- Start by decluttering your countertops. Now is the perfect time to move tchotchkes, knickknacks and other items that will just be in your way as you cook; find them a new home or throw them in a closet or drawer until your party is over. Now that your countertops are clear, give them a good scrub. A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser tackles any old scuffs and stains.
- Big messes can’t sabotage you if they never grow! Clean as you cook. Spill a little gravy, wipe it up right away. Keep about four to five inches of hot, soapy water in your sink and every time you dirty a bowl, wash it up before moving on. Enlist a helper to dry and put away if you get on a culinary roll!
- Make as many dishes as possible ahead of time. You’d be surprised at how many recipes have suggestions for making ahead or freezing. Bake casseroles in their serving dishes and keep mashed potatoes warm in a crockpot. A turkey can be roasted, carved and sliced ahead of time and kept in a roaster or chafing dish with some pan juices. Preparing the meal ahead of time means you won’t have the evidence piled in your sink when your guests arrive.
- Empty the sink and dishwasher before your guests arrive. You can clean all you want before the meal, but you’ll still end up with dirty plates, glasses, and silverware after. But if your dishwasher is empty, those dirty items can go right in and out of sight.
- Do a kitchen clean-up every night. Before you tuck in for a long winter’s night, wipe down all the countertops, load and run the dishwasher, take out the trash and put out a clean hand towel. There’s nothing quite like waking up to a clean and sparkling kitchen.
- Repeat steps 1 – 5 whenever you throw a holiday get together.
Make This Recipe a Holiday Tradition
Keep this recipe and follow it every time you agree to host a holiday party. Add “call The Maids” as step 7 and you’ll really be on top of your entertaining game. That’s because we can come and make your home sparkle like your holiday décor. Whether it’s once a week, once a month or once a holiday season, we have cleaning services to fit your schedule and budget. What are you waiting for? They don’t hand out holiday domestic goddess titles every day! Contact us today.