It’s the time of the month where preparations are on the way for Thanksgiving! You already know that your relatives and friends are coming over and you just have to prepare everything for the next 2-3 weeks.
If you’re conscientious like me, then I guess you need that extra helping hands to keep yourself grounded and make the best Thanksgiving dinner ever!
So here are my tips to be prepared for Thanksgiving:
1. List down the tasks you need to do
Set aside a good 30 minutes to review which tasks you need to do for the next couple of days. List them down and allocate how many hours or which days you need to work on them. This will organize your thoughts on which task or chore you need to do first.
2. Declutter and clean up!
Declutter guest rooms and public areas — foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove anything unnecessary from counter tops, coffee tables, and ottomans. For now, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.
You do have at least two weeks to sort and arrange these rooms, make time to do it. You’ll feel a lot better when you do.
3.Prepare the guest rooms and linens
It will be a long fun-filled celebration, so it would be nice if you could prepare the guest rooms and make your guests feel comfortable.
4. Shop in advance and plan your menu
It’s really nice to plan ahead of time. It will be a lot less stressful. Do your groceries in advance to spare yourself the stress from the hustle, the crowded superrmarkets and panic buying. Also, look into new menus so you can surprise your guests.
5. Ask for help
You cannot do the entire prep yourself, so what better solution you can have is to ask for extra hands to assist you. Talk to your kids or neighbors or anybody who can help you prep for the celebration.
Elaine Fernando is a Professional Organizer, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and a member of APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers). Elaine may be reached at 908-630-8995 or firstname.lastname@example.org