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How to Prepare Your Kitchen for Holiday Baking and Entertaining

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to get ready for baking sweet treats, cakes, and other surprises for your friends and family! And of course, if you’re the type of homeowner who likes to host parties and get-togethers, you must prepare for that too! Baking and entertaining can be a rewarding way to spend your time, but it requires a lot of work. That’s why J’s Sweet Treats has listed these practical tips for getting your kitchen (and the rest of your living space) ready for the season!

Rearrange the furniture.

The arrival of the holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to take care of the projects you have been procrastinating on for a while. For instance, you have an excellent excuse to rearrange your furniture!

Not only will rearranging your furniture will help you to open up space for visitors, but it will also help you maximize the comfort of your everyday living experience. And if the prospect of reorganizing your furniture seems overwhelming, you can get a professional furniture moving service to take care of it for you. All you have to do is search online for “furniture mover near me” to get connected with local professionals!

Plan for entertaining.

As rewarding as it can be, entertaining others during the holidays requires you to put a lot of time and energy into preparing. The earlier you start planning, the smoother the entire process will pan out. For instance, think about how you will decorate your home. Look at inspirational boards and sites online to find holiday-specific decor that could complement your specific layout. Pull out those timeless decorations you have stored away and dust them off until they sparkle!

Deep clean your home.

When it comes to baking and entertaining for the holidays, you’re going to want a spotless kitchen when possible. Obviously, your countertops are going to get messy when you are elbow-deep in flour, but you want your kitchen to be clutter-free and sparkly in between those times. Take a day to thoroughly declutter your kitchen (and other spaces in your home), and get rid of any items you no longer use. Then, give the space a good scrubbing from the ceiling to the floors.

Make a list of treats.

There is no better time of year to bake than the winter months. But if you are like a lot of bakers, you get overwhelmed when you think of all the treats and cakes you want to make. Instead of getting overwhelmed this year, make a list of everything you want to bake, and determine what skill level is required for each item, what ingredients you will need to purchase, and when you will need to bake in order to make your holiday dreams come true.

Organize your pantry.

No one needs to convince you of the critical role a pantry plays when it comes to baking. Make sure your pantry is clean; get rid of anything past its expiration date, wipe down and vacuum the shelves and floor, and make sure that your pantry is orderly and inspiring.

Create a baking station.

Finally, your life will be much easier during the holidays if you make yourself a baking station. It can be on a rolling cart, in a cupboard, or on the counter. The key is to make all of your baking ingredients, tools, and equipment easily accessible in one place. This is also an opportunity to take stock of what you need to bake your list of holiday treats and to head online or to the store to pick up any containers or tools you can add to your baking station.

If you are excited to put in the work of baking and entertaining during the holidays, you must ensure that your kitchen and living space are prepared for the tasks ahead. Consider the tips above as you get ready for your favorite season, and keep looking for other ways that you can set yourself up for baking and entertaining success. Before you know it, you’ll be smelling the sweet smell of winter treats sifting from your oven door!

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