With only a couple of weekends to go before the holidays kick in, here is a checklist of home storage areas you may want to purge and clean right away:
At least one time per year, it is a great idea to sift through stored dried and canned food items, discarding anything that’s past expiration or best-by use dates. With everything else that has been sitting out for quite some time, think about donating to area food pantries or shelters. Finding new houses for pantry foods may free up sufficient space for stowing holiday food ingredients and keeping countertops and additional food-preparatory areas as clean as possible.
Freezer and fridge
Holiday food cleanup is a lot easier as there’s plenty of free space for the storing of leftovers inside the freezer and fridge. Like cabinets, you also will probably find a couple of items which are past their safe-to-use dates. Particularly with frozen food items, you may be shocked by how brief the safe storage guidelines actually are.
Odds are, at least a couple of your holiday visitors will pitch in either with cleaning up or serving the feast; make things simple for them by making sure that storage areas for glasses, dishes, serving utensils, platters, napkins, silverware, etc., are easy to access and well organized. While you are at it, be certain to have a huge supply of clean, fresh, dish-drying towels available.
Food storage container supplies
Taking a couple of brief minutes to evaluate your food storage container inventory, neatly stack, sort, as well as discard orphaned containers and lids will pay off when you’re attempting to pack holiday leftovers. A great touch for visitors includes having additional containers available so they may take leftovers away as they leave.
Living area/coat closet storage
Picture your gorgeously decorated holiday setting strewn up with visitors’ electronic gadgets, keys, cameras, diaper/baby bags, handbags, jackets, coats, shoes, boots, etc. Now, go and make an abundance of storage space available, which includes empty hangers and hooks, in which guests neatly can stow all the items they’ll likely carry with them inside your house.
If you’re fortunate enough to have additional bathroom or sleeping spaces dedicated for visitors, there also is a good opportunity that these rarely-used areas haven’t been deep cleaned in quite some time and/or have been utilized for overflow storage. Knock those cleaning chores off your list sooner than later in order for you to spend more time in a couple of weeks concentrating on the fun tasks, such as menu planning and decorating.
Storage of Decorations
Speaking of decorations, how long has it been since you have given your supply a good dusting purge, and sort? Remove and buff the items up you intend to utilize this year, and—like all long-range storage spaces in the house—if you have not used something within the past one or two years, it is time to consider moving it along!
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