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9 Ways to Prep Your Kitchen for the Holiday Season


The snow is falling, the air smells like pine, cinnamon, and fresh-baked cookies, and you are busy making plans to have the best holiday season yet, but there is one big thing that you still need to tackle—prepping your kitchen for the holidays!

As the heart of your family’s home, the kitchen is going to see a lot of use over the next several weeks, and you want to make sure that your kitchen is ready to handle the cooking, gathering, and baking that is synonymous with preparing for the holidays. While it is easy to become overwhelmed when you think about everything there is to do to get your kitchen space in top shape, we’ve broken it down into nine manageable steps to help you get a handle on your holiday preparations.

1. Tackle Clutter

Clutter comes in many forms, and there are few places where it is more obvious—and stressful—than in the kitchen. Start the decluttering process by focusing on the surfaces of the room, particularly the countertops. Clear off and file papers, put away small appliances you won’t need, and focus on making your counters clear, clean, and ready for all of the holiday prep work that you need to do!

2. Clean Small Appliances

Cleaning your small appliances might not be something that you think about on a regular basis, but it can be more than a little embarrassing to have guests over and have them use a food-splattered, crusted microwave, toaster, coffee pot, or mixer. Take some time to scrub these appliances inside and out to avoid dealing with a bigger mess down the road.

3. Empty the Fridge and Freezer

One thing that is synonymous with the holiday season? Food! And lots of it. Before baked goods and leftovers start filling up your food storage, be proactive in emptying out the fridge and freezer of any expired, old, and unused items. Now is also the ideal time to give your fridge a good scrubbing so that sparkles as you load it with holiday treats.

4. Clean Out Your Oven

You’ll be using your oven quite a bit over the holidays, and the last thing you want is to be stuck with a smoky, smelly, dirty oven interior that spoils your food and creates a fire hazard. While running the self-cleaning cycle can be tough on the oven right before a big party, you should still take time to clean the stovetop, burners, and any heavy debris in the interior.

5. Disinfect Key Areas

The holiday season is filled with beautiful sights and sounds—along with a high risk of colds, germs, and other nasty illnesses that come with the winter season. Stay ahead of the curve and keep your family healthy by cleaning your kitchen while focusing on heavily used areas and items in your home—including the trash cans, sink, countertops, and handles of refrigerators, ovens, and freezers.

6. Hunt Down Your Favorite Recipes

Whether you always make your grandma’s famous sugar cookies for Christmas or you follow your mom’s recipe to a T for the perfect holiday ham, now is the time to dig out the recipes that you save for this time of year! To avoid future hassle scrambling for recipes you only use during the holiday season, take the time to create a file or binder as you come across them so they are ready to go year after year—without having to dig through mountains of old cookbooks and recipe cards.

7. Inventory and Stock Up

Does your pantry have all of the essentials needed to cook your holiday meal? Is your spice cabinet stocked with the flavors of the season? Do you have enough dishes and silverware for your guests? Well before the holidays arrives, take a detailed inventory of your kitchen and create a list of all the essential items you need to stock-up on before the stores become too crowded to navigate.

8. Create a Holiday Meal Plan

Once you have found your recipes and taken stock of your kitchen essentials, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of creating a holiday meal plan! Take into account the number of people you have, what you want others to contribute, and any food sensitivity issues when sorting through your recipes.

Now is also the time to order any meat or bakery items that you need from specialty shops. These stores can quickly run out of stock or get inundated with orders if you procrastinate on ordering—leaving you with a meat-less feast or no pies for dessert.

9. Break Out the Holiday Décor

A well-stocked, clean, and organized kitchen can make life during the holidays easier, but you also want it to feel like the holiday season when you step into the room. Use simple decorations to bring life and holiday cheer to the space—just make sure that you strategically place your décor so that it doesn’t become a fire hazard.

There’s nothing better than gathering together with those you love most in a warm, welcoming home kitchen, and the magic of the holidays can make time spent in the heart of your family’s home even more meaningful—as long as you prepare in advance! By taking a bit of extra time to get ready before the rush of the holiday hits in full force, you can enjoy everything that the season has to offer without the stress.

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