November's here, and it's time to clear the decks in the kitchen in the House and Holidays Plan: holiday meals ahead! In the next two weeks, we'll declutter, organize and clean cooking spaces and food storage areas. This week, it's the kitchen; we'll leave food storage spaces--refrigerator, freezer and pantry--for next week.
Holiday prep chores focus on the tastes of the season. After Halloween, we'll pare down the candy stash, putting items aside for holiday treats, baking or decor items. We'll dig out our holiday recipes, plan menus and baking, and do a tabletop check to prepare for the festivities.
This Week's Focus: Kitchen
Even for families who don't do much in the way of cooking, the holiday season brings new emphasis on the kitchen. Will you be preparing holiday meals, baking treats, or making kitchen gifts?
Time to clean up in the kitchen! Tackling holiday cooking is easier when the kitchen is clean, organized and clutter-free, so this week, we'll focus there.
Sunday's extra hour of sleep gives us time for a quick home safety check. To round out this week, we'll begin preparing for Thanksgiving dinner by organizing recipes, planning menus and making a tabletop check.
To get inspired this week, try these resources:
- Repurpose, Recycle and Reduce the Trick-or-Treat Haul
- Fall Back: Home Preparedness Checklist for Time Change Sunday
- Kitchen Declutter: Cut Clutter in the Kitchen
- Menu Planning: Save Time In The Kitchen
- Save Time with Holiday Baking: Make It A Specialty
- Save Money on Holiday Meals
This Week's Household Checklist
- Make a home preparedness check. An extra hour on Time Change Sunday gives a time bonus to check household safety and preparedness, as we prepare to move into colder weather. Make a preparedness check as you change the clocks, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, assess the household's stock of cold and flu supplies, and review the household emergency plan.
- Get down and dirty with a kitchen clean-up! American Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners lie in our future and will put new emphasis on the household's kitchen. This week, we tackle kitchen clutter, cleaning and organization. Moving shelf by shelf, cupboard by cupboard, take on kitchen clutter this week. Using the STOP clutter method, bring food preparation workspaces to a lean, mean, efficient state. Once clutter is conquered, a kitchen clean-out is in order. Rout out the grime and corral the crumbs for a sparkling holiday kitchen. Don't worry about pantry, freezer or refrigerator just yet ... we'll turn to food storage areas next week.