Its no secret that preparing for a Thanksgiving feast can be incredibly stressful for those doing all the work. Before the post-meal food comma can begin all the planning and preparations can be a nightmare. With the cooking, decorating the house, shopping and corralling the family and avoiding drama; Thanksgiving can be a tough holiday. Thankfully, here are some simple tips for making your next thanksgiving feat stress free.
Make a list
Before any other preparations can begin, sit down with a pad of paper and make a list of all the things that need to get done and bought. This way you should be able to get a better picture of what needs to get done and by whom. Add things like a shopping list for Thanksgiving dinner, what chores need to be done so that the house is ready for guests etc. As things get done you can check items off your list so you have a better idea of what still needs to be done and you can plan things ahead of time
Delegate tasks and ask friends and family for help
You cannot possibly do everything by yourself, so set aside your pride and ask for help where possible. It easy to get pressured by everything that needs to get done, so getting help means less pressure and less stress. Once you have a list of things to do and buy you can easily assign each item to a family member. Remember, its not forced labor if you are related! Make sure everyone has a task that they can actually perform so that no one will let you down. If the idea of cooking everything by yourself is too daunting, consider having a potluck dinner.
Don’t shop at peak times
If you know you are gonna need a large turkey, don’t leave it to the last minute where everyone else is doing their shopping. Make sure to get it ahead of time before the stores run out of what you want.
Make sure to pick shipping times when stores are less busy so that you don’t have to wait in ridiculously long checkout lines. If you are planning to do some Black Friday shopping then pay attention to the sales because a lot of them start way before Black Friday.