Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to be with friends and family. Whether you will be hosting in your home or visiting someone else, here are some tips to make your Thanksgiving a little more stress-free.
1 | Enjoy time with Family & Friends by minimizing your kitchen clean up
The pilgrims got it right at the first Thanksgiving. If you’re hosting, plan a potluck. This will reduce the cooking you have to do, with the added benefit that your guests will take home their serving bowls and platters, cutting down on dishes to wash and put away.
2 | Clean out your fridge
Use the days leading up to Thanksgiving as an opportunity to clean out your fridge. This will give you room to store ingredients, and more importantly…all the leftovers. Plan pre-Thanksgiving meals around all the items currently in your fridge. Then clean out old items before you hit the grocery store. This can also help you make a list of any expired items you need to replace.
3 | Prep the bathrooms
If you only have time to clean one room, other than the kitchen, make it the bathroom. It’s the one place you can guarantee your guests will go. In addition to a wipe down, empty the trash, re-stock toilet paper and light a candle right before your guests arrive.
4 | Be safe if you’re traveling
Many people visit relatives during the holiday. If you travel out of down, don’t post your travel plans on social media sites. Criminals can have Facebook pages too. Also, be sure to stop your mail or newspaper delivery. Finally, set lights on automatic timers.
5 | Be a great guest
You may not be hosting the big dinner, but be respectful of those who invite you to their home. Offer to bring something, and even if they say no, show up with a gift, such as a bottle of wine. Don’t arrive early. The host always has plenty to prepare and frequently do so until right before guest arrive. At the end of dinner, help with the clean up. It’s a daunting task and every hand makes it that much easier. Your host will appreciate your effort.
From all of us at Alliance Home Loans, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving.