It’s after Thanksgiving comes to an end that the real work begins.

Oh you know how that holiday kitchen can look by the time it’s all said and done. Normally you start out with a clean slate, labor over the kitchen – and in a flash the kitchen is topsy-turvy and everyone’s had their fill of turkey.

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If that scenario is something you’re no stranger to, then you’re in for a treat. There are some tips and tricks you can integrate into your home clean-up procedures. They’ll help you get that place looking sparkly clean in record time.

Tips and tricks for easy clean-up after Thanksgiving dinner

For easy clean-up, we’ve collected some of our favorite tips and tricks for the post-dinner mess. We hope you find these cleaning hacks helpful.

Make it a group effort with the cooking

In the spirit of the first Thanksgiving where folks came together to contribute to the feast, you could do something similar. Invite your guests to join you in a potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner. This can be a fun way for your guests to showcase their cooking talents (or ready-made favorites from the store!)

This will mean less cooking on your park, which means a smaller kitchen mess for clean-up after Thanksgiving dinner! Fewer pots and pans for any one person to deal with!

Leverage the power of disposable ware

There’s power in disposable paper plates, plastic utensils, and baking pans. Disposable wares will make clean-up a breeze, that’s for sure. But if you’re going for a fancier vibe with dinner, then paper plates may put a damper on your style.

And that’s OK. You can still mitigate clean-up efforts by using disposable baking pans for the food you’d move onto a serving dish.

Parchment paper and aluminum foil are your best friends

Lining your pans with parchment makes clean-up a breeze. Bake your holiday treat and toss out the parchment after you’ve moved the treat off the pan.

Berry pie lined with parchment paper

Aluminum foil is an easy way to cover your dishes too. No need to clean lids – you can toss out the aluminum foil when you’re done, after Thanksgiving dinner.

Why complicate your clean-up process when you can make it easier with the help of parchment paper and aluminum foil? After you’ve been on your feet all day in the kitchen, you’ll be glad you made use of this tip.

Soak your dishes and pots as soon as you can

Another tip is to soak your dishes and pots as soon as they’re empty or no longer needed. Have a tub handy with warm soapy water so the soaking can begin immediately. This will break up any food debris caked onto the cookware making it easier to clean. This will reduce the time and energy needed to scrub, scrub, scrub those pots.

Keep a stain clean-up bucket handy

Accidents happen. Spills are inevitable, especially with a group of people who are having a good time. There’s no need to make a fuss about it, especially if you’re prepared. You can get the upper hand on combating stains if you do your part.

To conquer any stains, you need to leap into cleaning action as soon as a spill hits the carpet. Keep a bucket nearby filled with the necessary stain-fighting tools. Get your favorite DIY stain remover and keep it in the bucket with clean rags.

Stock up on heavy-duty trash bags

Keep a box of heavy-duty trash bags on the ready. You won’t believe how much trash you’ll go through with a crowd to feed. Better to have more bags than you need – it would be a shame to have to run out to replenish during the Thanksgiving fun.

Don’t forget Tupperware and zip bags

A variety of food containers for leftovers or storing food

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You can’t have too many plastic storage containers and zip bags. Prior to Thanksgiving Day, stock up on these items. It’s frustrating to have leftovers and not have enough storage containers.

Besides, you’ll probably want to send the guests home with leftovers too!

Double-duty containers

Why not use containers that serve as both baking ware and storage ware? This will save time as you won’t have to transfer food to a storage container.

When it’s all said and done, don’t be afraid to ask for help

More often than not, you’ll find that your guests want to feel like part of the family. Don’t be shy about asking for help. If it’s something simple that anyone can do, why not delegate it to someone else while you take on a heftier task?

Your after Thanksgiving dinner clean-up doesn’t have to be a pain.

Thanksgiving is a great reminder to be thankful for what you do have. Why not spread the holiday cheer by being sensitive toward your neighbor’s needs?

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