The countdown is on!
Thanksgiving is only 10 days away! Now is the time to make preparations for your Thanksgiving Dinner! Here are some tasks you can do in the days leading up to the holiday to keep you organized and stress-free.
10 Days Before Thanksgiving
- Plan your menu. Think about which items that can be made ahead of time and frozen and plan these items into your “to do” list. Have a few items listed that you don’t mind having a guest bring, in case somebody asks to help.
- Invite your guests and get a firm commitment from them ASAP.
- Make your shopping list, but only after you know exactly what your guests might be bringing. Don’t forget to include important items such as paper products and beverages.
- Make a “Thanksgiving To Do” list. List every little thing that you feel must be done prior to Thanksgiving. Detail cleaning, washing of serving pieces, shopping, cleaning the front entry, etc.
- Take your “Thanksgiving To Do” list and schedule time for each item. You may wish to complete one or two items a day until Thanksgiving. Be sure to get help if needed.
- Decide where you will be getting your turkey. Shop your specials and price compare.
- Make up guest bedrooms/bathrooms
One Week Prior
- Take an inventory of your chairs, tables, dishes, flatware, glassware and linens. If items need to be cleaned, do so now. If you need more chairs, arrange that at this time. Borrow instead of buy.
- Make sure you will have enough room in your freezer or refrigerator for the turkey. If you don’t have enough room, plan now to make room by eating meals made from some of the items taking up the space.
- Clean your refrigerator inside and out.
- Shop for nonperishable groceries on your shopping list, or items you know will keep until Thanksgiving.
- Search the web and craft books for easy activities and games that will keep young guests busy. How about making a Gingerbread house for the holidays?
- Also, if you are having young children in your home, do a safety check of your home. Are medicine and cleaners out of reach? Do your outlets have covers? Do you have breakable items that might be better off on a higher shelf? Do a thorough check of each room the children will occupy.
- Have your children or grandchildren help you with simple decorations. Create turkeys from pine cones, place cards, draw pilgrims for the refrigerator door and more.
- Re-evaluate your “Thanksgiving To Do” list. Are there many items that you listed, that may be impossible to get done now? Be realistic and cross off items that can be skipped.
Two Days Prior
- Shop for perishable items like ready-made pies, breads and buns, fresh fruits, & milk
- If you are entertaining, look around your home. Did you forget anything? Is there anything you can do now and not wait until the last minute?
- Is there any other dishes or desserts that can still be prepared ahead of time? If so, do them today.
- Fill your salt and pepper shakers and butter dishes.
- Defrost in the refrigerator any frozen side dishes.
- Defrost the turkey
- Be sure your home is clean. If any other details need to be taken care of, do them now. Is your bathroom clean? Do you need to clean your front entrance?
From all of us at TidyTightwads, have a very happy Thanksgiving!