Ready For The Holidays? 5 Hints That Really Help

It’s that wonderful time of year – friends, family, fabulous food… oh yes, you also have to clean, cook and corral the clutter. Help! No worries – we have some tips to help prepare for the holidays so you can really enjoy the season.

microwave1) Make Your Microwave Merry
Well, let’s be honest – sometimes the microwave is not so merry – it’s a mess! The trick here is to minimize cleaning time by curtailing the spills, stains and baked on spatter. To do that, you want to avoid getting the microwave dirty in the first place. Covering food going in is key! Plastic wraps can melt and be dangerous. We advise using a Microwave Cover. Vented covers are preferred, since they allow air to escape. Don’t forget underneath your dishes either. Place a Microwave Mat below whatever you’re cooking. Then, you can just wipe down the mat, not the entire microwave. If your microwave is a disaster right now – wet a dishcloth and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. The steam will loosen that baked on mess so you can wipe it down. Be careful though – that heated cloth can be hot!

coffee2) Bye-Bye Bitter Coffee
There’s nothing better than a good cup of coffee after a delicious holiday meal. Many people (and we aren’t pointing fingers here) don’t clean their coffeemaker as often as they should. If this is you or someone you know, we implore you now – clean it with this. It makes a BIG difference in how coffee tastes. Oh, and while you’re at it – clean those coffee mugs too. If they’re stained, a baking soda paste (made with water) can do the trick (along with a little elbow grease).

 3) Stay Sharp
We don’t want to scare you, but over ONE MILLION people a year get injured by knife accidents in the kitchen. Dull knives are dangerous. Keep them sharpened at all times. Every home should have a knife sharpener. Also, if your cutting board tends to move, keep a damp cloth beneath it. And, never try to catch a falling knife that has slipped from your hand. Step back if you can and let it drop. Last but not least, keep knives separate from other utensils in the dishwasher. The banging against forks, etc. can cause the knife edge to become dull.
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4) Stop the Slip-Sliding Away
So, your Aunt Gertie is coming in from Gallup. The last thing you want is for her to slip and fall coming up your driveway. This Non-Skid Walkway is great because you can just place it over steps: no need for last minute shoveling. Besides, who has time for that – especially when that pie is in the oven. If you do have to shovel, spray your shovel with cooking spray beforehand. It stops snow from sticking. Also, don’t forget about the inside of your home. Make sure rugs and mats are secured. This gripper tape makes it easy to prevent movement, while still allowing you to lift your rugs and clean the floor beneath.

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5) Enhance that entryway
The presents have been purchased, the coffee’s brewing and the table is set. Now, you just want to welcome loved ones. How are the foyer and front hall looking? Repair nicks and scratches to your dining table and other furniture with these cool crayon-like Repair Sticks.  If your floor is looking lackluster, Restore A Floor provides an amazing transformation. It works on heel marks, yellowing, spills, coffee stains, and more. For less than 20 bucks, you really can’t go wrong. Also, make sure you leave a place for people to store their shoes and boots on the way in. 70% of the dirt in your home is tracked in through the front door. End the muck and madness!

So there you have it – 5 easy ways to get a head start before the holiday season gets really hectic. We would love to hear your ideas as well. If you want more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We’re here to help!

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About QCIDirect

QCI Direct is a multi-title catalog company that has exploded in growth. The business began in 1983 as a small, woman-owned microwave accessory catalog. This division then evolved into our flagship catalog "Home Trends," a catalog that carries cleaning and organizational items for inside the home. Picket Fence, the outdoor book, soon followed.
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