Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
The first official days of fall are here, and while the holidays are still a couple of months away, it’s not too early to prepare the home for the crowd that will arrive come Thanksgiving Day. This year, get the dirty work done now, and relax and enjoy the holidays without the stress. BrightNest, a free online service that provides people with the tools, tips, and motivation to keep their home in great shape and save money, offers 10 simple to-dos with step-by-step instructions to prep the home for the holidays now – most of which take 30 minutes or less.
1. Prevent Cold Showers – Make sure every guest enjoys a hot shower (even if they're last in line) by flushing the water heater and performing some regular maintenance.
2. Optimize the Oven – Avoid a burned (or even worse, undercooked) turkey by calibrating your oven.
3. Remove Embarrassing Stains – Get rid of those nasty carpet stains once and for all. With a few common household items, those stains will be long gone before the in-laws step foot in the living room.
4. Balance the Temperature – Is there a room in the house that's always a little too cold? This can usually be fixed with a few simple adjustments.
5. Detail Those Doors – When there are a lot of people going in and out of the house, nothing is more annoying than a door people can't open. Repair any tricky doors by tightening loose screws, cleaning the dirt out of locks and lubricating the moving parts.
6. Give Windows and Shutters Some Wow – These are two of the first things guests will see when they arrive, so give windows and shutters a quick clean by simply wiping them down with warm water and mild soap. If the windows have been neglected, it might be time for a more thorough cleaning job.
7. Spruce Up the Guest Bathroom – If this room doesn't get used frequently, it's worth checking the toilet to ensure it's working efficiently and making sure the shower has good pressure.
8. Maintain Mattresses – Give guests the gift of good sleep by taking care of the mattresses in the guest bedrooms. This is especially important if they’re not used often.
9. De-Clutter the Kitchen – It's hard to cook for 20 people when the right pot or that perfect serving platter is hiding in the back of the cabinet or closet. Organize the kitchen with these seven simple steps.
10. Purchase a Fire Extinguisher – A fire can certainly scorch a holiday celebration, so be sure to purchase a fire extinguisher. Then, inspect it to make sure it works properly.
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