It’s tough being the host for Thanksgiving. Not only is there the pressure of cooking for a small army, but you want to put your best foot forward when it comes to the presentation of your home. Many of us will spend hours cleaning and enlist the help of all other capable hands in the household willing or not. Thanksgiving is hard on your home too, we receive many calls the weekend of, and days following Thanksgiving because of problems caused from hosting guests. Guests do not always treat your home like they would theirs, so here are some tips that will help you and your home next weekend.
1. Deep clean after the party not before. Its ok give the bathrooms a once over, and tidy up, but save the deep clean till after the guests are gone. Guests will not notice the little things that you see, this will save you from having to do double work.
2. Make sure non-flushable items do not make their way into your toilet. The increased volume of flushes your toilet and drain pipes will experience will be hard enough. If needed post a sign and have a garbage can available for feminine products, “flush-able wipes”, and Kleenex, these items can be very damaging to your toilet and waste lines.
3. Put a plunger in the bathroom, and have air freshener visible, this will help in preventing potential embarrassing situations.
4. Your garbage disposal is not a garbage can. Bones are a huge NO along with gravy, grease, rice, pasta, stuffing and napkins. Even large amounts of vegetables can create a thick paste. These will definitely leave you with a clog, trust us or you’ll be calling us.
5. Find your happy place. Hosting guests can be overwhelming, and having a place that you can get away to even for a moment to calm down and collect your thoughts is essential. A few minutes to yourself can prevent a blowout; breath easy and slowly count to 10.
Following these tips will help to make hosting less of a burden, and remember now is the time to give thanks for all the blessings in your life.
Written by Eric Rickert