Your kitchen is the heart of your home, the heart of family gatherings, holiday parties, birthdays and nightly dinners. Your kitchen should be prepped and ready for the next season to make sure it can accommodate all the memories that will be made. During the fall, so much of your time is spent in the kitchen from carving pumpkins, Thanksgiving dinner, and all the baking of pumpkin pies, cookies, and breads. Prepping your kitchen for the season is imperative to make the best memories and enjoy all the festivities.

Ensure the Basics are Ready

The first thing that is of utmost importance is making sure your countertops and appliances are ready for what is about to happen and the high traffic they will see. It is probably that time of year to reseal your countertops to keep them looking fresh and being able to withstand the wear and tear baking brings. Your granite is already durable and resistant against scratches, cracks, and stains. However, sealing it annually lengthens the life of your granite and keeps it looking new from day one. Now would also be a good time to check your appliances and make sure none of them need to be replaced. Once you know all of them are in good shape, you can now go through and clean them. Take out all the drawers and shelves in your fridge and clean them with a disinfectant and let them dry. As for the oven and microwave, clean them accordingly so your baking goes nice and smooth.

Now that your kitchen is prepped, it’s time to stock up. Go through your flour, sugar, and baking cupboards and make sure you have the necessities like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking powder and soda, flour, sugar, chocolate chips and so on. No one likes to be in the middle of baking and realize they are missing something important. Go through every cupboard and make sure you are stocked and ready to take on the baking and cooking.

Purging your cabinets and pantry is always a good thing to do every so often, so why not right before the craziness happens? Go through and make sure all the food in the fridge for one is still good, no mold, and the expiration date hasn’t passed. Once you’re done with the fridge go through your pantry and get rid of old snacks and canned goods that are no longer good. Make sure your foods are still good to eat and don’t need to be tossed in the garbage. Once you go through all the food, you can now organize your pantry or cabinets to be functional and keep your food accessible. During cooking and baking, you are going to go looking for things such as spices, flours, sugar, and canned goods- it will be much easier if you have everything organized and even labeled.

Next, make sure you have the necessities for cleaning and keeping your kitchen in order. Cleaning supplies, trash bags, dish tabs, dish soap, brushes, and sponges are always good to have extra of because you never know when you will run out. Make sure you are ready for the dishes and messes that are about to pile up. The general rule is: You’re not having enough fun baking or cooking until the kitchen is a mess. At least that’s what our grandparents taught us.

Once your kitchen is prepped and stocked, you can add some décor to make your home feel like fall has arrived. Add some dish towels that are fall colors or maybe some mini pumpkins here and there. Add your traditional fall scents with candles that smell of pumpkins, caramel, and cozy sweater weather to give your home an instant fall feel. Of course, you need the matching soaps to keep everyone’s hands clean during baking and cooking sessions. Also, think about adding some lights for a nice ambiance and cozy home feel. Your kitchen will be the ultimate hangout spot during the season, so why not make it feel extra homey.

Fall is just beginning and who knows what memories will be made in your kitchen. Take the time to prepare so you can focus on your family and not the messes and organization that needs to be done!