Thanksgiving Prep – 1st week of November

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We don’t really know what the holidays are going to look like this year. I think most of us will try to have at least a small gathering of our so called “safe pods.” I think this year we need to play “as-if.” I would rather be prepared. Wouldn’t you? 

So, here’s what you should do this week…

First week of November –

In the next few days you need to:

>Write out your guest list.

>Plan your menu.

>Touch base with people to find out how many are actually coming. Assign them each something to bring. Even if it’s pop, wine, napkins, can of whipped cream, coffee, whatever. Every little bit helps.

>Make 2 shopping lists.

The first list is dry goods, canned goods, etc. Stuff that can be bought ahead of time.

The second list will be fresh items, the things that need to be bought just a day or two before.

Don’t forget that if you buy a frozen Turkey, you have to let it thaw in the fridge for about 3 days. Plan accordingly. I usually buy mine the Sunday or Monday before.

>Buy the items on the first list now – especially anything on sale 😉

>Order any other special order stuff. Desserts, etc.

>Do all of the heavy laundry this week. Tablecloths, napkins, etc.


>Do you have enough silverware? Drinking glasses? Chairs? Get what you need now.

Make sure the sheets and plenty of towels are ready. Even if you don’t anticipate out of town guests, this is a good move anyway. You never know when people may end up staying. It gets late. Too much drinking. Bad weather….

>Start doing a thorough cleaning. If you follow our cleaning schedule, keeping your house clean is a breeze. And if you’ve done the fall chores from last month, there’s probably not a lot that needs to be done outside of your normal cleaning schedule. You just need to do a couple extra things to prepare for possible overnight guests.


Aside from having enough clean sheets and towels, I like to have shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, mouthwash, and a toothbrush available for guests. You can pick up trial sizes. Actually, I think they are calling them travel sizes these days.


Its also a good idea to make sure you have basic health care on hand like Tylenol, Tums, Bandaids… A stocked first aid kit is a smart idea any time of year.

There-now. You’re off to a good start. Don’t you feel better already?




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