From clearing off the counters to cleaning out the oven, these six tips will have your home ready in no time.
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Just when you thought your hosting duties were complete, Christmas is right around the corner! From cooking and storing to cleaning and prepping, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when hosting any festive holiday party. Get organized before guests arrive to make sure your kitchen is ready for the main event of the season.

Follow these quick ways to get your kitchen ready for Christmas dinner.

1. Clean clutter and clear counters

Clear off as much countertop space as possible when prepping for Christmas dinner. Toss out old papers, put away bills and organize magazines to make room for cooking. Picking up clutter and organizing loose odds and ends will create a clean and less stressed environment for you and your guests.

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2. Take inventory and stock the pantry

Make a list of all the ingredients you will need for making your special holiday meal. Check your pantry for missing ingredients and be sure to stock up before the big day. Taking inventory will help you know what you have and what you need ahead of time. Be sure to check with guests on any allergies or food restrictions.

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3. Wipe out the microwave

Don't overlook your microwave when prepping your kitchen for Christmas dinner. With a lot of guests in your kitchen at once, your microwave will be getting extra use over the holidays. Wipe down the inside and make sure the rotating plate is functioning properly.

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4. Make room in the refrigerator

Your refrigerator can easily fill up with sticky spills and messes, so be sure to wipe off shelves and drawers, disinfect handles and clean the door gaskets. Organizing your refrigerator by tossing out old items or moving large foods that can be stored in the freezer will help make room for every dish. Try storing an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator to eliminate odors in time for the holidays.

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5. Prep the oven

Give your oven a quick clean by wiping it out with a damp cloth. For tough grease stains and burnt fallen food, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven and use a spray bottle to wet the baking soda with vinegar. After letting the mixture sit, use a sponge to wipe away any residue and your oven will be clean and ready to bake.

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6. Pick out your plates and set the table

Check your utensils and cookware to make sure you're not missing any dinner cooking and serving necessities. Sharpen your knives ahead of time, pick out your serving plates and plan your table setting. Polish your silver and set the table the night before with any centerpieces, napkins, candles, place cards or other decorations.

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