I know that a lot of you may think I’m weird for this but I absolutely love hosting during the holidays. Yes, it’s a lot of hard work but I love being in the comforts of my own home and if I’m going to be completely honest having control of the menu!
But with hosting comes one thing I’m not super excited about, cleaning.
It should be no surprise to anyone I know that my cleaning abilities are not top notch. I’m pretty much the worst when it comes to cleaning up the kitchen as I go. On major holidays it’s pretty much essential but it doesn’t come easily.
With guests coming in at all points keeping the house as clean as possible is important. I’ve found a few things that really help me when it comes to hosting and keeping the house tidy as guests arrive and my mission in the kitchen continues.
1. Designate an area for your guests coats. As your guests arrive greet them at the door, grab their coats and hang them in the closet right away or in a room where it’s out of the way. This will help keep your house clutter free and make your guests feel welcome. I hate not knowing where I should put my coat and then either holding it or placing it somewhere and then having the host move it because it’s in the way. Plus, keeping the area clutter free will allow for more room for your guests to enjoy your company and home.
2. Clean out the fridge. Most guests bring things, I know I almost always do and when you’re in the middle of cooking the last thing you want to do stop and try to figure out a place for what they brought in the fridge or worse making your guest struggle to find a spot. If your fridge is cleaned out with a space for your guests items you can just say to them “there’s a spot in the fridge, you can place it there”. It makes it easier for both of you!
3. Have a trash bowl. Things can get super crowded in the kitchen come holiday time. People tend congregate in the kitchen. It’s hard not too when one of your hosts is typically there not to mention the first dibs on yummy food. It’s not always easy to navigate to your garbage pail nor is it convenient with all the back and forth. Instead have a bowl on the counter where you put all your trash items when you’re done cooking or it gets filled just empty it in the trash!
4. Do the Dishes. Before a get together clean every dish that you have, empty the dishwasher and the dish rack. Instead of letting dishes pile up in the sink either hand wash or put in the dishwasher every single item. This will take you a little longer than if you let them pile up but you’ll thank yourself at the end of the day when the meal is ready and the sink is clear.
5. Prep. The night before any big get together I prep whatever I can. I start by taking out all the pots, pans and dishes I need. I put all the ingredients that don’t need refrigeration together with the pot/pan/dish I need for that dish. Then from there I do everything that I can possibly do the night before. For example with the green been casserole I will prep the green beans in the baking dish, have the soup ready and the cheese shredded. Then I cover with foil and write the directions on the foil along with the temperature at which it needs to be cooked. This stops me from having to pull out recipes the day of.
6. Delegate. Ever have a guest ask you how they can help? I do all the time and most of the time I tell them “No I’m okay” even when I’m drowning in what I’m doing. Instead anticipate them wanting to help. The meal prep that you did the night before will help you with this. Instead of saying “No, Thanks” you can say “That would be great, can you put together the green bean casserole? It’s all together in the fridge with the directions.”
Bonus Tip: Indulge the senses. Our sense of smell has a huge impact on the way we perceive our surroundings and while I love the smell of Thanksgiving Dinner cooking not everyone does. Whenever guests come over during the holiday season I always try to have a candle lit so guests smell something amazing when they walk in the door! Lately my guests have been smelling Sweet Holiday Treat™ by Glade® exclusive to Target! And? The sweet smell gets them thinking about all the yumminess to come and not the potential cooking clutter in the kitchen in case you forget to do the above! Diversion via sweet smells is your friend!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine.