Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Do you know how to get your house ready for Thanksgiving?

Do you feel overwhelmed with getting your house clean for the holidays?

Follow these simple steps on how to get your house ready for Thanksgiving for a stress free event. The key is preparation. Start early enough with a plan in place and you will have success.

How to Get Your House Ready for Thanksgiving

  1. Make a list of the things in your home that need attention. Do repairs need to be done? Think about the areas of your home that guests will be in. Do any of the rooms require a deep clean? Write it all down.
  2. For repairs that need attention research how to do it yourself or hire someone to complete the job. Allow enough time for the job to be completed on time.
  3. Make a list of any supplies you need to deep clean the areas that need it. Do you need cleaners, rags, vacuum cleaner bags or trash bags? Make a list and stock up on the needed items.
  4. Do you have areas that need to be decluttered? Now is the time to work on that. Don’t wait until the week before Thanksgiving. Cleaning out the clutter takes time and consideration. You do not need to declutter the entire house because your guests will not investigate your closets! Focus on the areas that guests will see. It is easier to keep a home clean when there is less clutter to control.
  5. Are guests staying in your home? Make a note of anything that needs to be done to get the rooms and beds ready for their arrival.

You’ve just completed the first steps to get your house ready for Thanksgiving!


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Deep Cleaning Before Guests Arrive

2 Weeks Before Thanksgiving

  1. Work top to bottom. Vacuum walls, ceilings, window sills  and around baseboards. I use my vacuum for cleaning lampshades as well as furniture because it is easy. As a result, it makes the job quick and leaves no cleaning residue behind that will attract dust. Dust will fall as you clean so don’t worry about it since you will clean it when you clean the floors.
  2. Vacuum carpets thoroughly. Move furniture out of the way if necessary. Go room by room for the most efficiency. Start on the top floor and work your way down if your home has more than one story. It is easier to carry the vacuum down the stairs as you go than it is to go up. Incidentally, vacuum the stairs on the way down if your steps are carpeted.
  3. Schedule a carpet cleaning if your carpets are in need of it to get your house ready for Thanksgiving.
  4. Clean the fireplace if needed or schedule a propane delivery so you do not run out while guests are visiting.

I use a 15 minute method that helps me keep my house clean. I used to have marathon deep cleaning sessions, but no longer need them. You can read how I do it here.

10 Days Before Thanksgiving

  1. Dust surfaces that you did not use your vacuum hose to clean. Dry dusting with a microfiber cloth works best. Any kind of dust cleaner will attract dust requiring that it be done more often. I don’t like to dust. Consequently, I vacuum all of the dust so that I don’t have to do it often.
  2. Deep clean all showers, bathtubs, toilets and floors. If you have let the bathrooms go it might take a few times over the next 2 weeks to get it all done. Be sure to address any mold or soap scum buildup in the showers and tubs. Deep clean every area of your toilets. Make sure to get around the bottom of the bowls as well as any drips that fall down the front of them. Boys anyone? Declutter your bathroom counters so that they will be easy to clean.
  3. Declutter in areas that need attention. Think about magazines, crafting supplies, shoes, backpacks, papers that need to be filed and anything else not in its proper place.

Only one week left to get your house ready for Thanksgiving!

One Week Before Thanksgiving

  1. Clean out your pantry and get rid of anything that has expired as well as things you no longer need.
  2. Declutter all kitchen counters as well as the top of the refrigerator.
  3. Clean all surfaces including the stove top, counters, and cabinet doors.
  4. Clean out the refrigerator and freezer. Throw away old food and wipe down shelves as well as the inside of drawers.
  5. Make a list of anything you need such as foil, plastic bags, parchment paper, paper towels or plastic wrap.
  6. This is the time to get more towels and bedding if you need to replace anything or add additional sets.
  7. Make sure all other bedding and blankets are washed and ready to go.


how to get your house ready for Thanksgiving

The Last 5 Days Before Thanksgiving

  1. If guests are staying with you go ahead and get the beds made. Prep the rooms with extra blankets. Make sure all of the lights work and that plugs are accessible for charging their electronics.
  2. If the rooms needed for guests are occupied by family members, go ahead and get everything ready that you can. Then add clean sheets on Thanksgiving morning if it cannot be done before then.
  3. Vacuum the middle of your floors just to freshen up. Remember that the heavy duty vacuuming was done last week. Everything under and around furniture will still be in good shape. The middle of the rooms that get all of the foot traffic are the only things to focus on now.
  4. Check the outside of your home and clean or straighten up anything that needs attention there. This includes cleaning up after pets. Remove any dead potted plants, sweep the porch and driveway. Clean the surface of any outside seating. Make sure toys and gardening tools are picked up from the yard.
  5. Clean any windows and glass doors that need attention. You can go back and spot clean the day before Thanksgiving if needed.

You’ve worked so hard to get your house ready for Thanksgiving!

Tuesday and Wednesday Before Thanksgiving

  1. Thanksgiving dishes need to be cleaned. Run them through the dishwasher to remove any dust. Any delicate dishes can be washed by hand. Polish any silver that will be used for the meal.
  2. Find serving utensils and clean them if needed. Do this with any serving bowls and platters as well.
  3. Wash and prepare table linens.
  4. Do a quick wipe down of the bathrooms that guests will use.
  5. Make beds or have linens ready for clean sheets to go on the beds on Thanksgiving morning.
  6. Clear out space for coats to fit in the coat closet.
  7. Buy wood for the fireplace.
  8. Stock bathrooms with plenty of toilet paper, hand soap and hand towels.
  9. Stock kitchen with dish tabs, dish soap and plenty of trash bags.
  10. Dust the television screen so that the football games and Thanksgiving Day parade are clear for everyone.


Enjoy the day with family and friends! You have planned ahead and worked hard for it. Your guests will feel welcomed and loved so cherish all of the memories. I love Thanksgiving Day. I got excited and sentimental about it just writing this post. Happy Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours!

Savvy tips for cooking, organizing and cleaning

Your savvy tips for today are to have extra kitchen towels on hand. The Thanksgiving meal prep will always require more towels than you can possibly imagine! Don’t forget to plan time to get yourself ready, too. And one last thing, have extra travel size items on hand in case your guests forget to bring something with them.

This is a great article to help with the Thanksgiving food shopping and prep. Check it out here.