Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Get This Room Ready For The Main Event

updated May 5, 2022
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and your kitchen is about to go through the cooking and cleaning equivalent of crossfit meets morning bootcamp meets spin class meets a marathon, all in the span of a couple of days. The whole holiday will go a lot smoother if you do a few things to help your space perform at its peak. Consider this your pre-holiday stretch before the big workout ahead.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Get your kitchen ready for cooking and cleaning during the holiday ahead.

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Make Your Fridge An Organized and Spacious Oasis of Calm: Your fridge is Ground Zero on Thanksgiving. Take some time to clean it out so you can fit in all food and leftovers without doing the awkward balancing act where pie is perched precariously on top of the turkey, and cranberry sauce doesn’t accidentally spill into the mashed potatoes.

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Clear Off The Countertops: No matter how organized you are in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, your kitchen will get crowded — especially your work surfaces. Get rid of clutter from the countertops and clean all the surfaces.

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Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. And hey, if you don’t feel like cleaning the oven, choose one of our other weekend projects to get done.

SHOW US YOUR WEEKEND WORK! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.

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Check out the entire 2016 Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all the Weekend Project ideas and download our October Home Checklist while you’re there. It’s a great, low-pressure way to keep your life running smoothly and maintain a happy & healthy home!