How To Organize Your Thanksgiving Week To Avoid Overwhelm

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As we are gearing up for Thanksgiving it is time to make sure that we are organized so we can get through Thanksgiving.  Every year I say, "This year, I'm going to have a plan!!" 

The week leading up to Thanksgiving goes so fast it's almost a blur.  Today I want to share how I organize Thanksgiving week.  By organizing my week I'm able to avoid most of the overwhelm.

Sure I'm not going to lie, I still have overwhelmed times, but who doesn't.  I'm sure Martha Stewart even gets overwhelmed from time to time. 

So let's make your Thanksgiving a little easier this year by sharing the 10 things I do to organize my Thanksgiving week.

Set up your Thanksgiving week timeline

Setting up your Thanksgiving week timeline will give you a simple guide to follow for the week.  Your timeline will give you what needs to be done when so you don't confuse yourself or work on things that really don't need to be done.

What I like to do is write a list of everything that needs to be completed.  Then I assign a date to that task.  Think about everything that needs to be done, if you just make a huge long list and don't assign dates chances are that list will overwhelm you.

Avoid the overwhelm this year by putting a timeline in place.  

Here's an example:

  • Shopping needs to be done on Tuesday
  • Set the table on Wednesday
  • Make cranberry sauce on Tuesday
  • Bake pies on Wednesday
  • Chill drinks on Tuesday (after grocery shopping)
  • And so on...

Hopefully, this will help you this year.

Shopping list and menu set

Hopefully, you've done this already but if you haven't, sit down and do this now.  Figure out your sides and desserts.  Chances are you already know what your main dish will be (turkey).

Once your menu is complete, it's time to scour your pantry and kitchen for items that are needed for your Thanksgiving feast.  

If you'd like more info about putting your menu and shopping list together, click here to learn more.

What needs to be cooked when

When you are putting your timeline together, you'll want to know what is going to be cooked when.  

Do you have a frozen turkey?  If so, when will you be thawing it out?  

You'll be able to do some prep ahead work like chopping veggies, baking pies, making cranberry sauce (if you're doing that from scratch), and so on.

Make a list of your menu, then put a date next to the item, that will be your cooking date.

Organize guests check on RSVP's

The week leading up to Thanksgiving you'll want to organize the guest list and do a final RSVP check.  If people haven't let you know yet because they were unsure, chances are they know their schedule now.

Give your guests that are a maybe a call and check.  This will help you finalize so many things.

Create seating chart

I have found putting a seating chart together is a life saver.  Whenever we have a huge gathering certain people want to sit next to certain people.  

If new people are coming to dinner you'll want to place them next to the people they already know and feel comfortable with.

This simple set helps avoid those headaches.

Make sure you have serving pieces, place settings

To avoid the Thanksgiving panic of not having enough place settings to go around or enough serving pieces, it is important to check to make sure you have enough of everything.

After you've organized your guest list and finalized your menu, pull out all of your serving pieces and assign a dish and a serving utensil to that piece.  Then make sure you have enough forks, knives, spoons, plates, and so on.

Create your cleaning schedule

Instead of doing all of your house cleaning on one day, I like to split it up.  Set up a cleaning schedule so you can get all of the cleaning done during the week.

If you'd like to learn more about setting up a cleaning schedule and how to host a stress-free Thanksgiving click here to learn more.

Ask for helpers

So often we feel that we need to do everything ourselves and that is not true!  When you are finalizing your guest list, ask for help.  You can have people come early so they can help you set the table, mash the potatoes, or even do some vacuuming.  

Whatever jobs you have that you need help with just ask.  People love to feel needed and are usually willing to help.

Ask for people to bring a dish

This is a lot like asking for help.  Since you are hosting you already have a huge job.  You are opening up your home to your friends and family.  

When you are inviting people to dinner, people often ask, "Is there anything I can bring?"  Take them up on their offer and ask them to bring a dish.  

Are they known for a dish?  Have them bring that.  Are their dishes that you just don't want to make but people request it?  Have them bring that.

Just ask for help.  This will help with the overwhelm.

Holiday survival bundle

Inside the Holiday Survival Bundle, you'll receive a complete Thanksgiving planner, Christmas planner, and 15 how-to videos that will help you create an entire stress-free holiday season.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Create your 4 week Thanksgiving timeline
  • Set your Thanksgiving budget
  • Create your menu and shopping lists
  • Create routines to get you through the holiday season
  • Create your 6 week Christmas timeline
  • Set your Christmas budget
  • Create your gift list and gift giving plan
  • 6 LIVE homemade gift workshops
  • And WAY more!

Here's what you'll receive:

  • Thanksgiving planner separated into 6 categories
  • Christmas planner separated into 8 categories
  • 15 video tutorials
  • 6 Homemade gift live workshops
  • Private Facebook group

To learn more and join us click the button below.

Now if you're not sure about the Holiday Survival Bundle and you still need a little bit of help you can download the free Stress-Free Thanksgiving Workbook below.

Inside the workbook you'll get:

  • Stress-Free Thanksgiving checklist
  • 4-week Thanksgiving timeline worksheet
  • Guest list worksheet
  • Thanksgiving helpers worksheet
  • Who's bringing what worksheet
  • Thanksgiving menu worksheet
  • Master shopping list

In this post, I shared 10 tips that I do everything to organized my Thanksgiving week to avoid overwhelm.  Thanksgiving is a very stressful time and I hope these tips have helped you to organize yourself.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Below I've added a few other posts that you might find useful.

Jenn

14 Tips That Will Save You Time This Thanksgiving

Since we can't actually create more time in our days.  It's important to find ways to save time.  This is especially true for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  In this post, I'm going to be sharing 14 tips that will save you time this Thanksgiving season. These tips I think are quite simple to do and don't take time to implement.  They are just simple things that you can keep in your mind to take advantage of so you can have a stress-free Thanksgiving.

Since we can't actually create more time in our days.  It's important to find ways to save time.  This is especially true for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  In this post, I'm going to be sharing 14 tips that will save you time this Thanksgiving season.

These tips I think are quite simple to do and don't take time to implement.  They are just simple things that you can keep in your mind to take advantage of so you can have a stress-free Thanksgiving.

Before I get started, if you haven't grabbed your free Hosting A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Workbook yet, please click the button below to download your free copy.

Now let's get to the 14 tips!

Create a plan and timeline

I like to create a 4-week timeline or plan for Thanksgiving.  This gives me enough time to pull out decorations, plan the menu, invite guests, and more.  Since we are 2 weeks away it is even more important that a plan is created.

You'll want to sit down and plan out:

  • Menu
  • Guest list
  • Shopping list
  • Budget
  • When you need to purchase everything for your Thanksgiving feast

This will help you save time and stay organized.

Related: Holiday Survival Bundle

Ask for helpers

No one says you have to host Thanksgiving alone.  Everyone is partaking in the eating, why not ask for help?

When people, ask what can I do to help?  Ask them to come early and help mash potatoes, or help set the table.  If you get 3-4 people to help set everything up, you'll be less stressed and more able to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Ask for people to bring a dish

You might be hosting but that doesn't mean you have to cook everything.  When you are inviting people, assign dishes to them.  If they are known for a certain dish, have them bring that, or you can have people bring wine, cider, or rolls.

By asking people to bring a dish, you'll be sticking to your budget, and saving time in the kitchen preparing yet another dish.

Set aside time each day to plan and organize

When you create your timeline it is important to see where you stand.  Setting the timeline is just one step to staying organized.  It is important to follow through with your timeline.  

What I like to do is each evening when I'm preparing my to-do list for the day, I like to take a look at my timeline and then pick an item or two (depending on the time) that is set for the week that I'm in and add that/those task(s) to my to-do list.

You'll be surprised by how helpful this will be to you the closer you get to the big day.

Create a minimal menu

Think about how much food is served during Thanksgiving.  There's no way we can eat all of that food.  By creating a minimal menu you can save yourself time and money with the menu.

Try omitting the appetizers or just having a simple veggie tray for people to snack on.  Instead of making 4-6 sides try 2-3.  Instead of making (or buying) 3 desserts maybe only have 1 or possibly 2.

All of these are really going to help with the overwhelm and stress that you'll be feeling leading up to and on Thanksgiving day.

Create a deep cleaning schedule that is spread out

I don't know about you, but I hate doing a full house deep cleaning marathon.  It takes forever and I burn myself out.  

What I like to do is spread out the cleaning over a week so I can handle all of the deep cleaning.

A simple way of figuring this out is to write down all of the things that need to be cleaned then set up a deep cleaning to do list, assign a few tasks each day.  Your home will be nice and clean before you know it.

Implement a 20-minute speed cleaning routine to maintain the clean

Since the deep cleaning will be done before Thanksgiving and if your home is anything like mine, you'll need to maintain the clean.  

What I like to do is do a daily speed cleaning session.  In this session, I go through all of the common areas of the home and do a quick pick up of those rooms.  Pick up clutter, remove little fingerprints from coffee tables and counters, and just clean up anything that needs to be done.

Just remember that this is a speed cleaning session so do things as quick as possible.

Related: How To Quickly Prep Your Home For Thanksgiving

Wake up a little earlier to start before the kids are up

I don't know about you but I can always get more done around the house when the kids and hubby are still in bed.  I like to wake up a little early so I can enjoy my morning caffeine and then get some things done before my attention is elsewhere.

Wake up 30-60 minutes before the family.  Enjoy about 5-10 minutes of quiet uninterrupted "me" time and then get some tasks completed that need your attention.  You'll be amazed by how much you'll be able to accomplish.

Prepare some foods early

You don't have to do all of the cooking the day of.  Things like pies, cranberry sauce, and salad can be made early.  You can also chop veggies for the stuffing early, prepare appetizer trays, and peel potatoes.

Think about what you can do early to help save time on Thanksgiving day.

Night before prepping

If you are not prepping for the following day you are missing out.  You can set aside about 20-30 minutes the night before to prep for the next day. 

Think about everything that needs to be done the next day.  What are things you can do the night before to help your day run a little smoother?

This doesn't just have to be something you do the night before Thanksgiving.  This can be something you do every night.

Things you can do are:

  • Prep the coffee
  • Do the dishes
  • Speed clean the house
  • Set the table
  • Prep breakfast

Those are just a few examples, be creative and trust that doing this will help you out in the long run.

Automate as much as you can

I love automating as many things as I possibly can.  Setting up a to-do list on autopilot, shopping list, and certain chores will save you so much time.

You can have your Thanksgiving shopping done for you.  Fred Myer and other stores are offering grocery pick up.  You order online and pick it up.  Think about how much time you are going to save.

Think outside the box to start automating your life so you can start saving time today.

Create a detailed menu and shopping plan - fewer trips to the store

If you have to go to the grocery store more than once you're wasting time.  Make sure that your shopping list is detailed so you're not forgetting anything.

You'll want to check your kitchen, pantry, fridge, and freezer to make sure you have every ingredient.

Go shopping during "off" times

Try going to the store during their non-peak times.  By going in the morning during the week will save you time.  Lines are smaller, the store is stocked, and there are fewer people in the store allowing you to have the store, almost, to yourself.

Avoid time wasters

Sitting on your phone and watching YouTube or scrolling through Facebook might be fun but those things can be giant time wasters.

When you have a mile long to-do list, you'll want to make sure that you're being as productive and efficient as possible.  

Sure we need downtime so try to limit your downtime.  Set a timer on your phone when you sit down for your break so you don't lose track of time.

Holiday Survival Bundle

If you'd like a done for you plan, then the holiday survival bundle is exactly what you need.  Inside the Holiday Survival Bundle, you'll receive a complete Thanksgiving planner, Christmas planner, and 15 how-to videos that will help you create an entire stress-free holiday season.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Create your 4 week Thanksgiving timeline
  • Set your Thanksgiving budget
  • Create your menu and shopping lists
  • Create routines to get you through the holiday season
  • Create your 6 week Christmas timeline
  • Set your Christmas budget
  • Create your gift list and gift giving plan
  • 6 LIVE homemade gift workshops
  • And WAY more!

Here's what you'll receive:

  • Thanksgiving planner separated into 6 categories
  • Christmas planner separated into 8 categories
  • 15 video tutorials
  • 6 Homemade gift live workshops
  • Private Facebook group

To learn more and join us click the button below.

Now if you're not sure about the Holiday Survival Bundle and you still need a little bit of help you can download the free Stress-Free Thanksgiving Workbook below.

Inside the workbook you'll get:

  • Stress-Free Thanksgiving checklist
  • 4-week Thanksgiving timeline worksheet
  • Guest list worksheet
  • Thanksgiving helpers worksheet
  • Who's bringing what worksheet
  • Thanksgiving menu worksheet
  • Master shopping list

In this post, I shared 14 tips that will save you time this Thanksgiving.  These are tips that I use every year to help me save time and stay organized.  I hope these tips have helped you and inspired you to host a stress-free Thanksgiving this year.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Below are a few other posts that I thought you might like.

Jenn

How to quickly prep your home for Thanksgiving

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When you are hosting Thanksgiving there are so many things that need to be taken care of.  It really can be an overwhelming mountain to climb.  That is why I want to share how you can quickly prep your home for Thanksgiving.

In this post, I'm going to be sharing 5 tips with you that will help you prepare your home for your Thanksgiving crowd this year.  Hopefully, these tips will help you and inspire you to be a little less overwhelmed this holiday season.

Since time is short, let's get to it.

Create a cleaning plan

First things first, a plan needs to be put into place.  I like to write out everything that needs to be completed.  Then add dates to those tasks.  I'm not a fan of cleaning all day every day.  

That is why I think having cleaning plan or cleaning schedule will help get your home ready for Thanksgiving.  

By doing a little bit every day you can prepare your home for Thanksgiving.

About a week before Thanksgiving you'll want to create your deep cleaning schedule.  To do that you'll want to write a list of all of the chores you'll want to complete. 

Things to include could be:

  • Cleaning out the fridge
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Vacuum
  • Scrub toilets
  • And so on

Then, next to the chore you'll want to add a due date.  This will be your cleaning plan.

Do some daily cleaning

Like I was saying above, you'll want to create a cleaning schedule.  What happens when you've done the cleaning and a mess happens?  

Do a little bit of maintenance cleaning will help keep the house ready for your guests.  What I like to do is set aside 20 minutes so I can speed clean the house.  

This helps maintain the clean.  I know that in my home a clean home doesn't stay a clean home.  The clean needs to be maintained.  That's why I will do daily quick pick-ups so I'm not freaking out and overwhelmed over messes the day everyone is coming over.

Create a decluttering schedule

One of the easiest ways to keep your home clean is to remove the clutter.  I love to declutter.  It is something that I try to do almost every day.

I set aside 20 minutes to declutter a small area of my home each day.  Since I've decluttered and decluttered and this is more of a maintenance decluttering session I'm only needing to do this once a week.

The easiest way to set a decluttering schedule is to take a look at your common areas in your home.  These are the areas that your guests will see when they come over.  Pick small areas that need attention.  

Examples of sections could be:

  • Shelf
  • Tabletop
  • Side table
  • Counter
  • And so on

You don't want to tackle the entire room in one sitting.  It's overwhelming and way too time-consuming.

To learn more about how I declutter my home by only spending 20 minutes a day you can click here.  

Related:  Tips To Conquering The Clutter In Your Home

Related: How I Declutter My Home 20 Minutes A Day

Implement a speed cleaning routine

I touched a little bit on this earlier.  By implementing a speed cleaning routine you are doing a quick pick up of the house every day.  This will help maintain the clean and keep the messes at bay.

When you have kids in the house, it is impossible to keep a tidy home without a little bit of maintenance.

I don't know what it is about my kids at family gatherings.  It seemed like they were stickier than normal and needing to unclean what I just did.  Maybe it was because I was more sensitive to the dirty than usual.

That is why I do a daily speed cleaning routine to keep up with the messes.

To learn more about my 20-minute speed cleaning routine you can click on a related post below.

Related: How To Create A Cleaning Routine That You Can Complete

Related: Where To Start Cleaning A Dirty House

Holiday Survival Bundle

Since Thanksgiving isn't the only holiday we need to worry about this time of the year I created a holiday survival bundle.  Inside the Holiday Survival Bundle, you'll receive a full Thanksgiving planner to help you organize yourself for the Thanksgiving holiday plus you'll receive a Christmas planner to help organize yourself for Christmas.

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Each planner is separated into categories like:

  • Budgeting
  • Menu planning
  • Party planning
  • Gift giving
  • Seating arrangements
  • Timelines and to do lists
  • And so much more

The bundle also included 15 how-to videos to help you stay organized, plan parties, and do more than just survive the holidays-you can enjoy the holidays this year!

To learn more click the button below!

In this post, I shared how you can quickly prep your home for Thanksgiving.  With a little bit of planning, you can have a company ready home in no time.

I would love to know in the comments below, what are things you do every Thanksgiving to prepare your home?

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few other posts that you might find helpful.

Jenn

How To Create A Simple Thanksgiving Menu And Shopping System

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It's that time of year again-That time of the year when the days are shorter and the to-do lists double their regular size.  Every year I swear I'm not going to host Thanksgiving but in the end, I do it because deep down, I love to host.

If this sounds familiar to you and you are hosting Thanksgiving this year and just don't know where to start then you are in the right place.  There's no easy way around it, preparing a Thanksgiving feast is time-consuming and quite overwhelming.

In this post, I'm going to be sharing how you can create a simple Thanksgiving menu and shopping system that will help you from feeling too overwhelmed.  I'm going to be sharing the steps I take each year to create my menu and put together my shopping list so I am able to stay organized and get through the grocery stores (yes I shop and more than one to get my Thanksgiving shopping done) without feeling too overwhelmed.

And most importantly, without forgetting items at the store.

Each year we create a giant feast for our friends and family.  We prepare this meal that can literally feed a small (and large in some cases) army.  With the appetizers, turkey, all of the side dishes, and yummy desserts it's no wonder that you can feel overwhelmed right from the start.

If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, let's make it less stressful by downloading the free Host A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Workbook to help you out.  

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So let's make this year a little less overwhelming for you!

Create your menu and remember - less is more.

The first thing that needs to be done is menu planning.  Like I said earlier, we are preparing a feast.  This meal is so big that we can't possibly eat everything we prepare.

Yes, I know we look forward to our Thanksgiving coma after that amazing meal but cutting the menu down to only having 3 sides will help make things less overwhelming.

Take a look at your current menu.  Are you doing appetizers?  Are they necessary?  You know that you've already got the main course planned (the turkey of course).  Then take a look at all of the side.  Maybe you have mashed potatoes, rolls, and a green vegetable.  

Just try to make this as easy on yourself as you possibly can.

Organize the entire menu - appetizers, sides, main dish, desserts.

Once you have your complete menu planned out it is time to organize this menu so you can create a shopping list (which we'll go over a little later).  Grab a piece of paper and draw 5 boxes on that page.

Label each box:

  • Appetizer
  • Sides
  • Main dish
  • Desserts
  • Drinks

Inside each box write down what you plan on serving for that section.  By doing this you will not be forgetting anything.  I like to be as detailed as possible.

Go through place settings, tables, chair, etc.

There is nothing worse than not having enough chairs, silverware, or serving pieces.  After you know how many people are coming it is important to take a look at your places settings, table, chair, and so on to make sure you have enough for everyone.

Now is the perfect time to add things to your shopping list or ask friends and family to bring things over to help you out.

Create a master shopping list- organize the shopping list into perishable and non-perishable.

Now is time to create the master shopping list.  What I like to do is create a list of everything that I'll need for the big day.  Then I separate that list into perishable and non-perishable.  

This will help you know what things you can buy early and store for Thanksgiving.  

If you find something on sale early you can simply cross it off your list so you don't have to worry about it later.

Shop all of the ads.

Thanksgiving is expensive.  It is a huge meal for a big group and everything that needs to be purchased adds up.  I like to shop all of the ads.

Sure, we all have our "go-to" store on our regular shopping trip but some stores may have an awesome deal on a few items.  

If the savings are enough it might be worth it to go to a few different stores to save a few dollars.

Create a detailed shopping plan-which stores, get store maps if you're unfamiliar with the store.

Now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty of the shopping list.  This is going to be your detailed shopping plan.

Which stores and what you're buying at each store.  Keep in mind, you may have a few lists.  And that is okay.  This will keep you organized.

So, once you've checked out all of the ads and you know what you need to buy it's time to create a shopping list for each store.

For an added time saver I like to take a look at the store maps and create a list that is in order as I'll see it in the store.  There's nothing worse than heading into a store that you're not familiar with trying to buy 3-5 items and it takes you 35-40 minutes just to find them.

If you're not familiar with the store head to that store's website and take a look at the map.  You'll be able to mark where it's at in the store to help you save time.

Create a shopping game plan-when what needs to be purchased.

Okay, you're just about ready to do this.  It is now time to make your game plan.  This is going to be your shopping day plan.

Will you be taking 1 trip?  Will you be taking multiple trips?  

You'll want to schedule your trips and create your shopping route.  Since we typically shop at more than one store for Thanksgiving dinner it's a good idea to create an efficient route that will help save you time.  One of the easiest ways of doing that is creating a loop with your route.

Find room to store items

This can sometimes be forgotten.  You'll be storing a big ol' turkey in the fridge and you'll be adding a lot of ingredients into the house that you're not used to stocking.

You may need to clean out the fridge and designate an area of the house as "Thanksgiving Dinner Storage Area" so it's not cluttering up your kitchen.

Holiday Survival Bundle

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If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year and you are already stressing out about Christmas, you'll want to check out the Holiday Survival Bundle.

Inside the Holiday Survival Bundle, you'll receive everything you need to plan out your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday.

You'll receive:

  • 6-part Thanksgiving planner
  • 8-part Christmas planner
  • 15 video tutorials
  • Extra workbooks to help you stay organized
  • 6 handmade holiday live workshops

What you'll learn:

  • Planning your Thanksgiving timeline
  • Planning your Christmas timeline
  • Setting your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday parties budget
  • How to organize Thanksgiving and Christmas with Pinterest
  • Complete menu planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday parties
  • Gift giving guide organizing, budgeting, and so much more
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If you'd like to learn more, head over and join thousands of other busy moms in the Holiday Survival Bundle.

Okay, so in this post, I shared the steps I take to create my Thanksgiving menu and shopping system.  By creating a detailed plan, shopping the ads, and organizing your list so you know when and where you need to purchase ingredients you too can be a little less overwhelmed the Thanksgiving holiday.

I want to thank you so much for stopping by.  Below are a few other posts that I think will be extremely helpful.  Have an amazing day.

Jenn

How To Host A Stress-Free Thanksgiving

In this post, Jenn shares 4 simple things you can do to host a stress-free Thanksgiving this year.  These tips with help you become more organized.  She also includes a free Stress-Free Thanksgiving Workbook to help you out.

I'm not going to sugar coat this, the holiday season is a stressful and overwhelming time of the year.  With big meals, family gatherings, parties, and shopping it is hard to not be stressed out all day every day.

In this post, I'm going to share 6 things that you can do to host a stress-free Thanksgiving this year.  These 6 tips that I'm sharing are going to help you become more organized so when you host Thanksgiving this year you won't have a giant ulcer as your souvenir.

We are the ones that put the stress on ourselves.  I don't know about you but, I do.  I want everything to be perfect.  I want my guests to enjoy themselves.  However, it comes with a price. 

Happiness.

It is also one of the most enjoyable time of the year.  

Plan ahead

Create a well thought out a 4-week timeline.   Inside your 4 week timeline, you'll want to include things like your invite list, menu, when you'll want to order the turkey, pick up the turkey, and more.

By creating a timeline you can know step by step what needs to be done when so you're not looking at a mile long to do list that will overwhelm you.

Your timeline will also help you with not forgetting things which happens when you are stressed out and overwhelmed.

Ask for helpers to make your Thanksgiving a success

You cannot be expected to do everything.  People love to help.  They want to feel needed.  I think it's in everyone's DNA (not a fact, just my thinking, anyway).

Asking people to arrive early to help set the table, help you in the kitchen, or even watch the kids while you're cooking will help reduce the stress while you are preparing your Thanksgiving feast.

What I like to do is come up with "jobs" that other people can do because every year people ask me if they can help.  Instead of saying "no", I have jobs that they can do.

Ask for people to bring a dish

Thanksgiving is a feast.  There's a giant turkey, tons of sides, and dessert.  I have no idea how we fit that all in our tummies but we do.

If you are hosting, there is way more than just cooking that needs to be done.  Cleaning, setting up, and the list goes on.  When you are inviting your guests, ask them to bring a dish to help you with the stress.

When you are planning out your Thanksgiving menu think of dishes or drinks that people can bring.  Things like sparkling cider, wine, and mashed potatoes can really help you stay on budget and save you time.

Less is more menu

Like I said above, Thanksgiving is a feast.  Do you really need 5 side dishes?  It is impossible to eat everything that is served so creating a simple menu will help you host a stress-free Thanksgiving.

Maybe instead of having an appetizer platter or spread you just have a veggie tray out.  Instead of having 5 or 6 side dishes you only have 2 or 3.  

You can also create a smaller dessert spread.  When I was growing up my mother made 3 different pies!  And she made 2 of each pie!  So we had so much dessert that really, no one was hungry for.  

So if you find yourself making 2 or 3 different pies and you are stressed out about that, pick one and call it a day (or you can ask others to bring the dessert :)).

Create a detailed shopping list

Once you've created your menu and asked your guests to bring a dish it is time to create your shopping list.  

It is important to create a shopping list that is as detailed as possible.  You'll want to go through your entire menu, write down all of the ingredients that you'll need, check your pantry and kitchen for items that you're missing and write everything down.

For Thanksgiving, it is quite common to have to go shopping to more than one store.  I like to create a master shopping list and then create a list for each store I'm going to.

By doing this, you'll save the headache of forgetting items when you're in the middle of cooking your Thanksgiving feast.

Shop around for the best prices

Like I said above, it is quite common to shop at a few stores for your Thanksgiving feast.  This is the best way to keep you on budget.  

What I like to do is once my master shopping list is complete I take a look at all of the ads in my area and create a shopping list for each of those stores so I know I'm getting the best price.

To save a little bit of time while you are shopping you can take a look at the store's map so you can create your list in order as you'll see it in the store.

This will help save time and help you not forget to buy things.

My final tip is, join me and thousands of other busy moms in the Holiday Survival Bundle

Inside the Holiday Survival Bundle, you'll receive a complete Thanksgiving planner, Christmas planner, and 15 how-to videos that will help you create an entire stress-free holiday season.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Create your 4 week Thanksgiving timeline
  • Set your Thanksgiving budget
  • Create your menu and shopping lists
  • Create routines to get you through the holiday season
  • Create your 6 week Christmas timeline
  • Set your Christmas budget
  • Create your gift list and gift giving plan
  • 6 LIVE homemade gift workshops
  • And WAY more!

Here's what you'll receive:

  • Thanksgiving planner separated into 6 categories
  • Christmas planner separated into 8 categories
  • 15 video tutorials
  • 6 Homemade gift live workshops
  • Private Facebook group

To learn more and join us click the button below.

Now if you're not sure about the Holiday Survival Bundle and you still need a little bit of help you can download the free Stress-Free Thanksgiving Workbook below.

Inside the workbook you'll get:

  • Stress-Free Thanksgiving checklist
  • 4-week Thanksgiving timeline worksheet
  • Guest list worksheet
  • Thanksgiving helpers worksheet
  • Who's bringing what worksheet
  • Thanksgiving menu worksheet
  • Master shopping list
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In this post, I shared 6 tips with you to help you create a stress-free Thanksgiving.  My hope with creating this post is to inspire you to take a few minutes to plan ahead so you can enjoy the holidays and have a little less overwhelm in your life.

I want to thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read this post.  If you know someone that would love this post or that might need some of this information to help them you can easily share this with them by clicking on one of the share buttons located on the left of this post.

Again, thank you for stopping by and I hope you are able to enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving this year.

Jenn