Would you believe me if I told you that it is possible to host Thanksgiving & be stress-free?  Well, hear me out.  Some years ago, when we bought our new home, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for my husband’s family. Cooking for 26 people did not intimidate me, however, I was a bit apprehensive. You may be thinking, ‘You’re a professional organizer, why would this have caused you any apprehension?’ Well, its normal when you are doing something that you love to do, for people whom you love; even though it’s on a more grand scale. Nevertheless, my nerves got the best of me right up to the moment when I made my ‘Thanksgiving Checklist.’

That’s right, I made a list of what I needed to do right up until I opened my front door & welcomed my guests. You name it, and it was on the list…cleaning the house, ironing the tablecloth, polishing the silver, running my stemware through the dishwasher, taking my grandmother’s china out, setting the table, planning the menu, & shopping for it all. Then there’s delegating special recipes for certain family members. Let’s not forget setting the table, and choosing which serving platters to use for each entree. All this may sound overwhelming, but trust me, if you make a list, and then transfer each ‘to do item’ to your ‘to do calendar,’ you will not only get things done expeditiously, you’ll be relaxed in the process.

Now, can you see how you can look forward to and appreciate cooking and hosting for the upcoming holiday?  Being organized not only helps alleviate stress, it allows you to enjoy yourself and your family on Thanksgiving.  C’mon, get organized, make your ‘to do’ list, and enjoy Thanksgiving at your house.