Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful! Start organizing for Thanksgiving Day right now by following these tips! In this vintage segment of Organize Your Life, I share a timeline with you to keep you on track and stress-free during this holiday meal time! Getting organized early for Thanksgiving allows you to enjoy your family and your yummy meal!
First, head over to Life Your Way and print your holiday planning printables! They are awesome and help me every year! Once you have your printables you can follow this timeline.
Thursday: Starting today, take a simple pocket folder, print Thanksgiving eBook and make timeline for the next week. Make your menu and create the shopping list based on the menu If you don’t want to cook any or just a part of the meal, grocery stores like Harris Teeter offer fully made Turkey meals that serve 8-10 people for $49.99. Take a look at your local grocery store to see what they offer.
Over the weekend: *Clean out refrigerator and clear clutter from kitchen; throw out expired food and condiments. *Shop for food *Confirm guest count and review menu; if sharing responsibilities or menu items with others, confirm with them. Depending on the size of the turkey, take it out to thaw Monday afternoon or Tuesday. Monday: start collecting and taking out any serving dishes, cooking or baking dishes, utensils, place settings, napkins, glassware, and decorations for table. Set aside.
Monday and Tuesday: start making any chilled dishes, pies or cakes, or any other foods that will are fine to sit a couple of days.
Wednesday: Set the table and finishing prepping any foods that you can.
Thursday morning: put the turkey and finish preparing foods. Enjoy!!
Tips: *Ask for help! Everyone in your family should have a job in preparing the meal, setting the table, clearing the clutter, and cleaning up!
*Use a disposable turkey pan. Makes cleaning up so much easier!
*Assign a set up team and a clean up team. Let kids and adults pick which one they want to be on.
*Create a Thanksgiving bin. Put platters, linens, dishes, carving knives, and whatever else that only gets used on Turkey Day. Label and store in attic, basement, or a closet.