Thanksgiving is upon us once again! It’s a time of fellowship with loved ones and, of course, lots and lots of eating. Planning such an enormous feast can be quite an undertaking, especially if you host dinner for many people. In this post, we will look at a few things you can do to prepare your home for Thanksgiving and take away some of the stress involved with planning it.
Whether you are entertaining guests in your home this Thanksgiving (extended family, friends, neighbors) or just enjoying a quiet holiday meal with your immediate family, having a clean, organized home is of utmost importance. For one, if you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year for people outside of your immediate family, you will want to welcome them into a beautiful, freshly cleaned home. But even if you are just having Thanksgiving dinner with your own family, it will feel so much better to cook and eat in a clean space. Dedicate a day before Thanksgiving to cleaning your home from top to bottom. Think of it as fall cleaning. Declutter, clear off surfaces, put things in their places, and tackle any annoying little tasks that you’ve been putting off for a while. Thanksgiving day will be so much more enjoyable when you can relax in a clean, cheery, inviting home.
One of the reasons why cleaning your home before the holiday season is so important is that it makes it much easier for you to decorate. Whether you are the type of person who loves having the Christmas tree up for Thanksgiving, or you just wanted to add some cute harvest decor to your home, everything will look so much better when it is displayed in a spacious, organized space. After cleaning your home, set aside time to add the decor you want in your dining room, living room, kitchen, or any other space in your house. Encourage your kids to decorate with you to add to the fun of this activity and alleviate some of the work you have to do. Even if you aren’t big on decor, just arranging a new soft throw blanket, a fleece blanket, or decorative throw pillows on your sofa might be nice; or a few candles to your dining room table.
To prevent the scenario in which you run out to the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving to find all the turkeys have been snatched up, buy your Thanksgiving feast ingredients long in advance. Not only will this ensure you have everything you need for the day, but it will also take away the stress of last-minute shopping. You will already have plenty of other things to do to get ready for Thanksgiving, so knock this task off your to-do list early on.
Whether you just need to write down a to-do list to remember all the things you need to cook for the day and in what to order, or you have fun plans for everyone attending the Thanksgiving feast, write it all down. It's easier to succeed when you have a plan. It’s not a bad idea to have two lists: one detailing your own personal tasks for the day and one that is an itinerary for everyone attending Thanksgiving dinner. Are your guests just coming for dinner, dessert, and conversation? Then you may not have to plan out too much for them. Are you hosting a large feast with lots of attendees? Then consider delegating certain responsibilities to other family members. Will you have movies, games, and music throughout the day? Plan out what other elements you want to include while people are waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to finish cooking.
While preparing your home for Thanksgiving day and cooking a bountiful meal can take a lot out of anyone, it’s important not to miss the whole point of the day: to spend quality time with loved ones. That is why you need to carve time out to just sit and relax. Take breaks throughout the day. If you have most of your dishes cooked or are waiting for something to finish cooking, take a breather for 10 minutes. Visit with the aunt you haven’t seen in a while, pour yourself a glass of wine, put on some comfy clothes, or enjoy a few minutes of whatever is on the TV. Do whatever you have to do to relax and reset before finishing off the final tasks for the day. Then you can unwind over a fabulous meal and great conversation with friends and family.
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