Hosting family gatherings, Thanksgiving dinner, or Christmas dinner may require you to do some sprucing in your kitchen. Your countertops, cabinets, fridge, and stove could use some extra TLC in order to get your kitchen holiday ready.
Rasmussen Custom Cabinets offers stunning wood cabinets that can add spice to your kitchen and we also offer resources to help you best clean your wood cabinets. There is more than just one way to get your kitchen holiday ready, so we have included a range of tips in this blog.
The most important thing to do in your home to prep for the holidays is to declutter. Getting rid of items you no longer need, putting away other out-of-season decor items, and doing some deep cleaning can help make your home feel more put together.
Getting your kitchen holiday ready can start by getting rid of old cookware, moving appliances off countertops so you have plenty of space to prepare food, or going through that stack of mail on the island. Decluttering makes it easier to function and makes your brain less overwhelmed as well.
2- Restain Your Cabinets
If you have some extra time and want to make your cabinets look brand new, staining your wood cabinets again will help them look fresh for the holidays. If you have had your cabinets custom-made, make sure to check with the designer or manufacturer on what stain is appropriate and if you can do the job yourself.
You can also give your old cabinets a facelift with some paint instead, which comes in bold color options and can help improve the look of your kitchen.
3- Clear Out Old Or Expired Food
Making new food for the holidays means you need to clear out the fridge and cabinets to make room for the new. Clearing out old spices, canned food, and leftovers will not only ensure that you don’t use an expired ingredient while cooking your holiday meal but will also make your kitchen holiday-ready and clean.
Clearing out old food will give you room to store new ingredients, the turkey, or any dishes that will be brought by your guests.
4- Add Decorations
The easiest way to get in the holiday spirit is to add some decorations. If you are hosting a holiday get-together, just make sure not to overdo it and leave space for food preparations.
Adding a garland on top of your cabinets with some warm lights, or a festive centerpiece on your kitchen island will help get your kitchen holiday ready. Decorations can be simple or bold, depending on your style.
5- Display Festive Dinnerware
If you have collected holiday dinnerware, or family heirloom items, set them up in your cabinets or on your dining table. Displaying them before the meal will not only make sure you can find them easily, but it will give others a chance to view their beauty. Don’t let the good china collect dust all year, pull it out and host a celebration.
6- Clean Your Oven
One of the last things you want on Thanksgiving is a fire or smoke while you are cooking. Cleaning the inside of your oven will prevent old food from burning or smells from ruining the taste of your food. Some ovens have self-cleaning options that make it easy to wipe out after it cools down, or you can use household cleaners and scrapers to scrub it until it is sparkling.
7- Clean Trash Cans
Food or plastic particles can line the bottom of your trash cans even if you use a liner, so cleaning out your bins with soap and water will help them to smell better and look nicer for the holiday season. Cleaning your trash can after a big family gathering can prep you for the next one by removing any accidental spills and drips from inside and outside the bin.
8- Sharpen Knives
Before you prepare to carve your turkey, make sure the knives are sharpened. If you want your kitchen holiday ready, your serving ware and knives should be spotless and prepared to serve guests. You can sharpen your knives on your own, or take them to someone to get that edge back before your big meal.
9- Keep Safety In Mind
Those who are bringing children or grandchildren will need to keep safety at the forefront of their minds. You can use child-proof locks to get your kitchen holiday ready for guests and keep children away from toxic cleaning products, knives, or other objects.
Make sure decorations are secured or heavy items will not fall on top of children. Keep them away from ovens and stoves or hot food. The holidays are no fun when an accident or injury is involved, so keep a close eye on the little ones.
Rasmussen Custom Cabinets
Our custom cabinets are perfect for your holiday kitchen. Doing a full remodel before the holiday season is not ideal, but Rasmussen can help install new cabinets or shelving in a timely manner, so your space is organized and ready for hosting. Keep your kitchen looking sharp and happy for the holiday season.