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Thanksgiving Checklist for Cleaning

Author | Kiki Wootten

Thanksgiving is TOMORROW! Are you hosting family this year? Or perhaps you're just having friends come over for a visit? No matter how you're celebrating, we've got you covered with a quick, last minute Thanksgiving Cleaning Checklist to help make your guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home.

Thanksgiving Cleaning Checklist


  • Deep Clean the Oven: Start by giving your oven a thorough cleaning to ensure it's ready for all your holiday cooking.

  • Make Serving Ware Accessible: Streamline prep & mealtime by organizing your serving ware, making it easily accessible for you and any extra hands helping in the kitchen.

  • Tidy Pantry: Take a moment to tidy up your pantry, making it easy to find ingredients and maintain a well-organized cooking space. (Take this opportunity to throw out anything expired!)

  • Clean Out the Fridge: Create space for those delicious leftovers by cleaning out your fridge and making room for post-feast storage.

Living Room:

  • Vacuum Floors and Upholstery: Don't have a mini vacuum for couches & cushions? Tip: throw your big ol' vacuum right up there. Yep. Still works! Take it a step further and dampen a cloth to remove any stains or residue.

  • Dust Surfaces

  • Add Candles or Room Spray: Did you know that smells have a strong link to memory and emotion? Let's ensure our guests immediately feel welcome and happy in our home. (Tip: DIY your own room spray with water & essential oils!)

Guest Bedroom:

  • Clean Sheets: There's nothing quite like fresh-smelling sheets. *Add dryer sheets if you can / have them on hand!

  • Vacuum and Light Dusting: Give the room a quick once-over with a vacuum and light dusting to create an inviting space.

  • Create an Area for Clothes and Unpacking: Make your guests feel at home by providing a designated area for their clothes and personal items. Clear & wipe off surface areas and create open spaces.


  • Deep Clean Bath/Shower & Toilet: You know those long hairs that fall out when you shampoo? The ones that you stick on the shower wall? Yeah, get those! ;)

  • Get Guest Towels Ready: Throw some towels in the same cycle when you wash the guest bedding. Two birds, one stone.

  • Restock Essentials: Think bars of soap, hand soap, toilet paper, tissues, etc.

We hope this helps! Remember that it's not about perfection. Do the best you can, and then remember to sit down and cherish time with loved ones. Because that's what it's all about anyway.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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