It’s an understatement to say the kitchen is the most used part of your home during the holiday season. The kitchen is where the magic begins to happen — the smells of the holiday season permeate the house.
Apple cider. Hot chocolate. Cookies. Ham. Bread. You name it.
Where there’s a holiday, there’s a big cooking or baking bash to be had. So it makes perfect sense that you would want to get your kitchen ready for Christmas.
Today we’re showcasing some killer tips to make the holiday season a more enjoyable time for all. You should do more than survive in your kitchen during the holiday season. You should thrive. The kitchen can be a magical place too, right up there with the living room’s stash of gifts and Christmas stockings, albeit in a different way.
7 Tips to get your kitchen ready for Christmas
As you read the following tips, don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed. These tips are designed to help you out. You can implement one or two or all as you see fit. But trust us, there’s something here for everyone.
With these tips in hand, your kitchen will be better prepared for the onslaught of holiday-related use.
So rather than dread the holiday kitchen busyness, make your kitchen a better place to work and play.
1 – Get the music going
If you don’t have a speaker in your kitchen, then it’s time to rethink the way you operate in that kitchen of yours. The kitchen should be a place where cooking and baking are enjoyable.
Yes, even for those of you who dread it. Come on, you can make it an opportunity for creativity and joy. Own the atmosphere by getting yourself a Bluetooth speaker for your kitchen.
Connect your phone’s Bluetooth connection to the speaker and select your favorite playlist. Pour the wine and make the most of your everyday holiday moments.
Cooking and baking don’t have to be mundane.
If you’re not in the mood for music and you’re all alone, consider furthering your knowledge with your favorite podcast blasting through the speaker.
2 – Do away with the clutter
Alright, we’re all guilty of this. There’s always that one spot where the clutter monster develops and grows. Stacks of mail, recipes, and odds and ends make their home on your counters and that’s not good.
With the busy holiday season, you need your kitchen space. The time to reclaim it is now before you’re elbow-deep in holiday kitchen tasks. Give yourself some time to sift through everything and do away with things you don’t use. If you need to, don’t shy away from channeling your inner Marie Kondo.
As you work in your kitchen, you’ll be glad you decided to get that kitchen ready for Christmas.
3 – Clean out the refrigerator
For any household, one of the best things you can do to prep for Christmas is to clean out the refrigerator. And by clean out, we mean going all out. It’s time to do away with the old food collecting on the very back of the out of the way shelf. Those condiments you never use? Yeah, ditch those too.
You’re going to need free space in the fridge. Christmas is cooking. And so are the goodies you’ll be making and the leftovers that come with them.
4 – Fix the broken appliances
Don’t neglect your appliances. The time to fix them is now. Otherwise, you’ll be kicking yourself when the guests come and the dinner is cooking.
Additionally, if you’re working off a propane stovetop and oven, check that you have enough for the storm you’re about to cook up this month. Wouldn’t it be a drag to be halfway through cooking a turkey and run out of propane?
5 – Deck the kitchen
Christmas decorations aren’t just for the living room, entrance, and exterior of your home. Bring some holiday cheer into the kitchen. It brings the kitchen to life and spreads the holiday cheer to the chef and kitchen hands too.
6 – Plan and stock the shelves
One of the best ways to get your kitchen ready for Christmas is to stock your shelves with the ingredients you need.
But to do that, you’ll need to plan ahead. What recipes do you intend to make? What guests are you planning to have over? And don’t forget to have a contingency plan in case you get a set of spontaneous visits — ’tis the season and it’s nice to be prepared.
Having items like hot chocolate, coffee, and tea in abundance will help with entertaining.
7 – Set up the diffuser
Who doesn’t love the relaxing scent of essential oils permeating the air through a diffuser? Set up your holiday stash of oils and get your diffuser going. It will keep you relaxed as you plan out your holiday plan and get to work.
Ah, the smell of Christmas
There’s nothing quite like the smell of Christmas. Make your kitchen a holiday wonderland in its own way and you’ll find yourself set up for success.
We mentioned Christmas decor. Have you considered any minimalist holiday decor options?