Stress Free Holidays Part 6
More Steps For Planning Thanksgiving Day

Here are some more steps to take as part of planning Thanksgiving day to make it a stress free, enjoyable time for you and your family.

Week #6 of the Stress Free Holidays series on Household Management 101, where we focus this week on preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. #StressFreeHolidays #ThanksgivingPlanning #ChristmasPlanning
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This week we're still mainly in the mode of planning for Thanksgiving, although we will also deal with a little Christmas preparations too this week.

Thanksgiving Preparations For The Week - Decorating Your Home And Table

Thanksgiving decoration
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This week as part of planning Thanksgiving day, you should slowly begin decorating your home for Thanksgiving.

You don't need to get out all your decorations at once, but instead I suggest doing it slowly throughout the week.

Of course, many of the fall decorations you have around your house, even from Halloween, may also work for this time of year so it may not be too much trouble for you.

Just as with your Halloween decorations, do yourself a favor and give away or throw away any decorations you know you won't use anymore. If you don't use them they are just clutter and should leave your home. It will make putting things back away after the holiday is over easier as well.

Further, make sure you put away all the boxes and other storage containers that held your decorations once they're in place, so they don't stay out too long.

Prepare Your Table Decorations And Embellishments Ahead Of Time

This is also the week to think about the decorations and embellishments for your Thanksgiving table.

Do you use your fine table linens, and your best china and silverware, for example? Do you like to fold your napkins in a pretty shape for the table?

If so, now is the time to begin getting this stuff ready, so you are not in a mad dash trying to wash the china, iron the tablecloth, fold your napkins, and clean and polish the silver while trying to cook the Thanksgiving feast and entertain your out of town guests.

Think through what needs to be readied for the big day and write notes on your calendar about when you will prepare all these things. I suggest doing it all at least a week before the big day if you have a place to keep it out for a little while, so you can focus during the week of Thanksgiving on the food preparations and entertaining, only.

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Here are some resources that may help you:

Make Sure You Have Enough Chairs, Glasses, Plates, Etc. For Everyone Coming On Thanksgiving Day

Also, this is the week to think about whether you have all the place settings you need, chairs, glasses, and other things you may need for Thanksgiving day. If not, make arrangements to rent or borrow this stuff now, or have friends or family bring some folding chairs or other items with them that you can use on the day of Thanksgiving.

These little planning Thanksgiving sessions this week can make a real difference in lowering your stress level and raising your enjoyment level later on.

Continued Planning For Thanksgiving This Week - Get Your Kitchen And Home Ready For Thanksgiving Guests And Lots Of Cooking

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In regard to your kitchen, make sure it is ready for you and family members to cook a big meal in.

This may mean for you that you should organize and declutter your pantry, clean your oven, clear off counterspace to work and cook, or empty your refrigerator of old or unused items.

Sure, you'll have to do some kitchen cleaning closer to the big day too, but if you get these bigger tasks out of the way now you can do that clean up more quickly. Plus, these steps will help you enjoy more room to cook a big meal, especially since you will likely have many helpful hands in the kitchen and they will need space too.

Similarly, now is the time to do a big house cleaning blitz to get ready for company. Make sure you focus on the areas where your guests will be, such as the kitchen (already discussed), dining room, living or family rooms, and don't forget the guest bath and guest room.

If you know guests are coming make sure you have fresh clean sheets, towels, pillows, blankets, etc. for them to use. Preparing these items now won't be too much extra trouble, and will keep them comfortable without having you running around trying to scrub the toilet while also basting the turkey. Not a good combo!

If you need a reminder of what you should clean throughout the house, or (hint hint!) if you want to assign others in your home to help with these cleaning tasks, make sure to read my list of tasks you should do to get ready for guests, even if your house is currently messy.

Make sure to consult your Thanksgiving countdown checklist to get the big picture of what you should do each week to prepare for the big day without stress!

Also, if you haven't created your Thanksgiving planner, go ahead and do it now.

Printable Thanksgiving planner

Christmas Preparations For The Week - Order Your Christmas Cards

One of the most difficult things to do, without getting stressed out, is to actually take all the small steps needed throughout the holiday season to get your Christmas cards out on time.

That's why even though our big focus this week in on planning Thanksgiving day, we are also going to tackle this big step for planning Christmas -- actually ordering your Christmas cards.

Perhaps you've already done this, since I have reminded you a couple of times already during these weekly challenges, but here's yet another friendly reminder!

You can just go to a store and buy some generic cards, and send those out if you like. However, with today's technology and fast printers, like Tiny Prints, who specialize in personalized Christmas cards, there really is no need.

Plus, if you order now you don't have to pay for rush orders or extra fast shipping, meaning it is not much more expensive to get the personalized cards than the generic ones.

But, to make sure that you get them back in time to lesiurely fill them all out, and address and stamp them, you need to order now so you can take the next step regarding your Christmas cards as part of this Stress Free Holidays series when it rolls around.

Good luck with planning Thanksgiving day this week, along with just a little bit of Christmas preparations thrown in there too! Remember, I'm doing all these things right along with you!

How Is Planning Thanksgiving Going So Far? Tell Me In The Comments, Plus Sneak Peek For Next Week!

Stress Free Holidays Week 7

I would love to know how you're doing on this week's challenge. You can share your successes and your setbacks below in the comments and maybe I or another reader can help you, or cheer you on with motivation and support!

In addition, I thought some of you might want to know briefly what we'll be working on next week, so I'll tell you:

Because Thanksgiving moves up a week this year, next week you'll do this:

  • Last minute preparations for Thansgiving, whether you're cooking or traveling as a guest
  • Preparing for Black Friday sales, if you enjoy this

(Most years we have a whole extra week to prepare for Thanksgiving, so normally next week you'd do this:)

  • Cleaning your home and kitchen to get ready for guests and lots of cooking
  • Creating freezer meals for upcoming busy holiday season

Previous Parts Of The Stress Free Holiday Series

If you missed the previous parts of this series, you can still jump in. There is always time to start.

Here is the previous challenges:

Week #6 of the Stress Free Holidays Challenge is all about planning Thanksgiving, with a little Christmas planning thrown in as well. It includes free printables and organizing tips {on Household Management 101} #StressFreeHolidays #PlanningThanksgiving #ChristmasPlanning
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