Guest Post courtesy of Andrea Davis.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holidays — a time of parties, hosting, and spending time with your closest friends and family. If you’re the perennial guest at these parties, your life is a breeze. But for those who take on hosting duties during this period, the holidays can be nerve-wracking. Here are seven easy projects to help you prep your home for Thanksgiving and beyond.
1. Maximize kitchen cabinet storage
The holiday season means a lot of food, which means a lot of storage. With all those extra dishes around, you might find your cabinets at max capacity. If you have the time and budget, you could always undergo a kitchen cabinet renovation to buy yourself some more space.
Tight on time and money? Buy a few drawer dividers to keep your extra silverware organized. You could also consider installing pull-out shelves in corner cabinets to maximize space and avoid reaching on your hands and knees for that pot in the back.
2. Fix or replace major appliances
Losing a major appliance during a holiday dinner will make meeting the needs of your guests difficult. Check the health of your core appliances before your guests arrive. If you have a faulty appliance, call a pro to fix it or keep an eye out for replacements during holiday sales.
3. Finish the basement
A finished basement will help alleviate the pressure of visiting family and friends. Additional room in your basement adds more sleeping space and provides seating solutions for spatially challenged homes.
4. Freshen the look of your home
The first thing visiting friends and family will notice is the condition of your home. Take advantage of the decent weather and add a fresh coat of paint to the outside of your home. It’s also important to clear away any leaves or dying shrubs from the outside of your home. You want your guests to get a view of your home’s beauty, not dead foliage.
5. Buy extra cleaning supplies
It’s a good idea to prepare for the messes and dining accidents that are bound to occur during your holiday celebrations. Make sure to have extra napkins, trash bags, paper towels, and other cleaning supplies to keep your home tidy.
6. Clean your home
Even if your home is already clean, it’s a good idea to give it a once over before guests arrive. If you’re short on time, consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Hiring a pro will allow you to spend time organizing other parts of your home or updating your decor.
7. Spice up your décor
Last but not least, get in the holiday spirit! Add some festive decorations to welcome friends and family to your home.
About the Author
Andrea Davis is an editor for HomeAdvisor, the nation’s largest online home improvement marketplace. Visit HomeAdvisor for design inspiration, budget advice, and access to trusted home service professionals.