Thanksgiving Checklist: 4 Ways To Declutter For A Stress-free Holiday


The holiday season is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to prepare for a memorable Thanksgiving celebration. While the joy of hosting family and friends fills the air, so does the need to declutter your living spaces. At Artera Home, we understand the importance of a stress-free and enjoyable experience, and we're here to guide you through the process with our ultimate Thanksgiving checklist for decluttering.

1. Clean up the front entryway

We used to think decluttering the in-house area was enough for Thanksgiving, but the entrance is essential, too, as it is the first impression that sets the tone for the entire celebration.

To begin, consider a few steps below:

  • Step 1: Outside the door, make sure the front porch is free from clutter, whether it's fallen leaves or trash. 

  • Step 2: Give your guest a sense of welcome by arranging lines of pumpkins or corn stalks on the sides of the entrance and fall wreaths on the door. 

  • Step 3: Inspect the entrance area for any necessary repairs or maintenance. Look for loose doorknobs and squeaky hinges and address these to ensure a smooth welcome experience. 

2. Avoid a messy living room

After tidying the entrance, let’s move to the second area on the Thanksgiving checklist: the living room. This is where comfort and relaxation take the stage to guarantee your Thanksgiving guests feel at ease. 

With that in mind, initiate the decluttering process with the steps outlined below:

  • Step 1: Assure every nook and cranny in your living room is dust-free, especially the couch—the prime gathering spot for your Thanksgiving guests.

  • Step 2: If you have a fireplace, light it up to give your living space a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Avoid the scattered firewood around the fireplace by using storage basket organizers

  • Step 3: Remember to clean your coffee and side tables, which will be the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving checklist for decluttering the living room. A nice basket will come in handy to organize this area, like Artera Home’s wicker basket collection. One thing we love about this collection is that they come in multiple uses. We can use them to store magazines, blankets, and Thanksgiving decorations to create a tidy and festive atmosphere.


    3. Take time to organize the dining room

    We understand the dining room can be the trickiest space to clean for Thanksgiving hosts, as it's the heart of the holiday celebration. There is no need to fret because we have you covered with the following steps:

    • Step 1: Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove any loose debris, dust, or dirt from the floor surface.

    • Step 2: Check your dinnerware and Thanksgiving table decor, like linens, placemats, and napkins, to ensure they are free from stains and worn out to get rid of them. If you need to shop for new table decor, don’t hesitate to explore Artera Home’s dining table accessories, from placemats to trays with durability and versatile textures matching all your table styles. 

    • Step 3: Consider the number of guests and the available space for sitting to place more tables or chairs.


      4. Declutter the guest bedroom for a tranquil ambiance

      Finally, focus on the last area on the Thanksgiving checklist—the guest bedroom. A clean and well-prepared sleeping space is a thoughtful touch, especially for those who may be tired or choose to stay after the party. 

      Discover our cleaning process for the dedicated and caring bedroom here: 

      • Step 1: Start by washing or changing the bedsheets. Fresh sheets offer a new and inviting atmosphere. You can use a fall-inspired or pumpkin-themed sleeping sheet to create the Thanksgiving vibe. 

      • Step 2: Consider enhancing the ambiance with the cinnamon scent from an essential oil diffuser or candles for cozy and relaxing feelings this season. Our guests have always loved this, and we believe you will. 

      • Step 3: Don’t forget to pay attention to the bathroom being spick and span, with all the essential items neatly arranged on the countertop. We usually use Artera Home’s smart organizers, like seagrass baskets, to tidy up the bathroom. They look versatile with beige or black tones while storing many items in the bathroom, like towels, toilet paper, and hand soap. 


      We hope these simple yet effective tips will help you host a stress-free gathering. At Artera Home, we're here to support your efforts in creating memorable moments, not just during the holidays but throughout the year. In addition to your Thanksgiving checklist for decluttering, remember to infuse some festive spirit with seasonal decorations. Explore our handcrafted decor to foster an unforgettable experience, seamlessly blending cleaning and decorating.