Invite your guests and get a firm commitment from them ASAP.
Make your shopping list, but only after you know exactly what your guests might be bringing. Don't forget to include important items such as film, batteries, and beverages.
Make a "Thanksgiving To-Do" list. List every little thing that you feel must be done prior to Thanksgiving. For example, detail cleaning, washing of serving pieces, shopping, raking of leaves in yard, cooking, decorating, etc.
Take your "Thanksgiving To-Do" list, and schedule time for each item. You may wish to complete one or two items a day until Turkey Day. Be sure to get the help of your spouse and children - delegate! Work on your personal "Thanksgiving To-Do" list in addition to the items in this countdown.
Order your turkey, if you order yours.
Make sure you will have enough room in your freezer or refrigerator for the turkey. If you don't have enough room, plan now to make room by eating meals made from some of the items taking up the space.
Clean your refrigerator inside and out.
Shop for nonperishable groceries on your shopping
list, or items you know will keep until Thanksgiving.
Also, if you are having young children in your home, do a safety check of your home. Are medicines and cleaners out of reach? Do your outlets have covers? Do you have breakable items that might be better off on a higher shelf? Do a thorough check of each room the children will occupy.
Have the children help you with some simple decorations. Create turkey's from pinecones, place cards, draw pilgrims for the refrigerator door, and more.
Re-evaluate your "Thanksgiving To-Do" list. Is
there many items you listed, that may be impossible to get done now?
Be realistic and cross off items that can be skipped.
To save money on bagged ice, start making your own ice cubes now, by freezing in trays, and when frozen, dump them in a freezer bag.
Shop for perishable Thanksgiving items between
now and two days prior to Thanksgiving.
Fill your salt and pepper shakers and butter dishes.
Defrost in the refrigerator any frozen side dishes.
Be sure your home is clean. If any other details
need to be taken care of, do them now. Is your bathroom clean? Do
you need to clean your front walk?
Chill beverages in refrigerator.
Buy bouquet of flowers for table or countertop, if you wish.
Do spot clean of rooms that will be used during the festivities.
If you have a formal dining area, set the
Thanksgiving table now.
Source: Back of the Box
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