13 Unbelievably Amazing Thanksgiving Organization Hacks
Family. Food. Chaos. Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Hosting and cooking this great family-oriented meal is both exciting and rewarding, but it can also bring out a lot of anxiety and frazzled nerves. If Thanksgiving seems daunting, these 13 essential Thanksgiving organization tips will hopefully make it less so.
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #1: Make as much ahead as possible
Possibly the most stressful part of a meal is the last-minute rush. One of our favorite tips for Thanksgiving: When you’re planning your menu, look for dishes that can be made ahead of time and just re-heated the day of. Even if you can’t make an entire dish ahead of time, look for ways to peel off pieces, like toasting nuts or breadcrumbs. Check out this example of a Thanksgiving Cooking Schedule.This Thanksgiving organization hack works especially well for big ticket items, like the turkey. Sure, you can make rolls and cranberry sauce days ahead. Casseroles can sit in the fridge before baking. But if you really want to prep, consider making the turkey ahead of time. Even if you just cook it half-way and finish cooking it the day of, this will be a huge time saver.
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #2: Don’t experiment with new recipes
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #3: Start early on your non-food prep
It’s not just the food that needs to be prepped. You’ll most likely be pulling out the nice serving dishes that need to be washed, extra silverware, or cloth napkins. Pull out all of these items the week before and take inventory. There’s nothing worse than not being able to find the serving platter for the turkey or being short on napkins or utensils.This is also beneficial for post-meal organization and planning for leftovers. Make sure you have items to store your delicious leftovers readily available. This makes the clean-up process easier and fosters sharing! If you need to, go to the dollar store and buy some give away containers.
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #4: Print Out Recipes & Keep Within Easy Reach
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #5: Have a cocktail (or wine) ready to go
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #6: Don’t make a big deal over appetizers.
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #7: It’s fine to buy parts of your meal
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #8: Keep your refrigerator organized
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #9: Make a timeline and master list of everything that needs to happen.
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #10: Clean as You Go
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #11: Keep the Party out of the Kitchen
Thanksgiving Organization Hack #12: Don’t forget about you!
Make sure that you schedule time for yourself to primp, shower, or just take a moment before dinner. Taking this time (maybe while the turkey is in the oven) will get you re-charged and ready to enjoy time with family even more.