6 ways to make Thanksgiving easy and organized

Carving Thanksgiving turkeyThe holidays are supposed to be a time for laughter, joy and celebration—not stress. But often stress, anxiety and busyness are exactly what the season brings. With everything from guests coming into town to preparing a feast to serve the whole family, the holidays are anything but easy.

That is why we have compiled these six tips to help you to make this Thanksgiving easy and organized. Check out these tips:

Start now. What are you waiting for? It is never too early to start preparing for your seasonal events. Whether it is preparing the house for your out-of-town guests, or scheduling out your holiday meal, having a plan will save you tons of stress. Our advice is to post your schedule, menu or to-do list somewhere where everyone in the house can see it, which leads us to our second tip…

Do not do it alone. The holidays are a time of family togetherness, so start the season off right by preparing together. After you have made your plan, give every member of the family a chore to complete throughout the holiday season. It will save you from feeling overwhelmed as the festivities get closer.

Be strategic. Do not leave yourself overwhelmed on Thanksgiving Day; be strategic in your cooking and cleaning. Make a list of the dishes that can be prepared prior to Thanksgiving Day, and lighten your burden. By cooking throughout the week you will actually experience less stress.

Let others help. Yes, Thanksgiving is your day. You are the host, the chef and, most importantly, the go-to event planner, but that is a lot of burden for one person to carry. Do yourself a favor and let your guests help. Make a list of the dishes that you are willing to part with and have your guests help out by bringing some Thanksgiving cheer —and food— with them.

Follow your schedule. Remember that handy plan you created to keep yourself organized? Well, stick to it. The best way to stay organized this Thanksgiving is to stay on task. By spreading your work out over a few days, rather than one busy day, you are saving yourself from stress and anxiety.

Do not sweat the small stuff. Finally, relax. Thanksgiving is a time to sit back and remember all that you are thankful for. Do not waste that time stressing over the details. Remember to take a break and just enjoy those around you. The dinner will go off without a hitch and your guests will love the effort you have put into making it an experience to remember.

From our family to yours, we hope that you have a wonderful, stress-free Thanksgiving.

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