It may only be October, but it is unlikely that you haven’t noticed the Thanksgiving and Holiday decor already adorning the aisles in the stores and pages of flyers. The advertisements may fill you with elation, or it may cause you to look around your home and realize with a growing sense of panic that your kitchen is not prepared to host the plethora of holiday cooking, baking, and entertaining. Here are 10 tips to help you get your kitchen ready for the holidays:

1. Clear Your Counters
Get rid of mail, knick-knacks, dishes, and any other items.2. Get Your Menu Organized
Finalize your menu, and post it by your shopping list. You can easily add needed ingredients for the next trip to the store.3. Clean Oven, Stove, and All Surfaces
Having your kitchen clean before you start the cooking will help lower your stress level.

4.Clean Out Your Fridge and Freezer
You’ll need all the space you can muster for leftovers.

5.Declutter Drawers and Cabinets
Get rid of those stale chips and crackers and make room for the new ingredients.

6. Take Inventory
No one likes this job, but it is helpful to know what you have so you don’t waste money or space on unneeded items.

7. Restock Your Pantry
Now that your cabinets are cleaned, you can restock with easy snacks for guests, coffee, and a couple of quick, easy meals for when the leftovers give out, or patience for eating them does.

8. Disinfect Your Trash Cans
Food and gunk always collect and leave disgusting slime and bacteria.

9. Safety First
Check your smoke and CO2 detectors for fresh batteries, child proof your home if young guests are expected, and make sure your first aid kit is stocked.

10. Prepare Your Silver Platters and Dinnerware
Make sure the silver is polished, and all dinner ware is clean. You can also use sticky notes on the platters to remind yourself what their intended use is.

Once all the prep work is done, the fun part can begin. Make sure you decorate the table, leaving room for plates and food. Most people use a tasteful centerpiece. If you are using a tablecloth, make sure it is cleaned and ironed. Then only task left is to enjoy the holidays.  Check out this Cleaning Website for more information.