Actually, my friend Lola shared that her mother used to say “we tidy before guests arrive, we clean after.”
Face it, with only three more sleeps until Thanksgiving there is a ton to do. And most of you, like me have to go to work this week.
Here are a few things to do today to make help Thanksgiving day a little easier.
—Clear one flat surface in every public room (don’t forget the bathroom). Put everything that does not belong in that room on that flat surface. Once you have done that in every room, start again, this time bringing things to the rooms where they belong.
Put things away or throw them away. If you don’t have a spot for them immediately put the remaining items in a large plastic bin. Use more if necessary. Store the bins out of the way until after Christmas. On your calendar write where you stored the items on December 31st.
Odds are, when you sort through the bins you can get rid of stuff.
—Dust. Dust only places people can see. Today is not the day to get behind the end table. For even quicker work use a multi surface cleaner. I like Pledge.
You can use one cloth for mirrors and glass tables as well as furniture. The up side is it gets clean faster but the down side is it seems to get dusty faster, as well. After the holiday you can use good furniture polish like the picture above. I think Old English is great.
—Vacuum today then spot vacuum Thursday. You may need to redo pathways but you should be good to go if you do a good job today.
—I save mopping the floor for after the turkey is in the oven Thursday morning. I cannot be bothered until most of the food prep is done.
—Check linens. This would include sheets for guest beds. If they need to be washed and changed, time to do it. Iron any table cloths and napkins today. Fold the table cloths width to width until they fit on pant hangers. Use 2-3 hangers to store your cloth until it’s time to set the table.
—Check how many chairs you have against how many you need. It’s a good idea to let cousin Jane know to bring a few before she drives to your house!
—Clean any silver or precious pieces today.
Tomorrow we set the table!
Have a yummy day!!!