You’ve invited the guests. You’ve planned the menu. Hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your place this year will be great! Here are some ideas to help keep the coat clutter and the clean up time to a minimum leaving more time to be thankful.
For when guests arrive…
A coat rack that is too full is an eyesore, and no one wants to dig under other coats on a bed to get to their things, so plan ahead and use a system that allows for guests to hang their coats on hangers. If you’re short on space in the entry way closet, an over-the-door valet is a great way to create space to hang coats.
Having a larger party? A collapsible garment rack can handle many coats. This one is sturdy (it won’t tip over due to weight of coats) and once you’re done using it, it collapses and tucks away until your next party. Don’t forget to have extra hangers on hand.
If it’s raining, you’ll want a spot for those wet umbrellas. Styles range from traditional to FUNctional, but bottom line: placing an umbrella stand near the door will keep things tidy and dry.
After the meal…
Many find that the most stressful part of hosting Thanksgiving is the post-meal clean up. Take your guests up on their offers to help clean and make it easier for them by doing a little preparation. For leftovers, have some inexpensive plastic or cardboard storage containers ready so that guests can make their own to-go selections.
If your bins are under the sink, take them out of hiding and place them in the kitchen where it’s easiest to access. Label each bin “recycle,” “compost” and “trash” so that your helpers know what goes where.
Lastly, when it’s time to wrap things up, have a collection of kitchen wrapping supplies handy. Place plastic wrap, aluminum foil, wax paper and plastic baggies in a container near where your helping hands will be. No need to keep going into the drawer for these items!
Once the food’s put away and the kitchen is clean, it’s time to relax and give thanks that it’s over. Until next year, that is!