Time Saving Thanksgiving Tips

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and if you aren’t the Martha Stewart type who had everything prepared a week ago, here are some time-saving tips.

  1. Buy pre-cut and pre-peeled sweet potatoes, squash, etc. You will be amazed what a time saver it is! Trader Joe’s has a lot of vegetables like this.
  2. Don’t worry about spotless kitchen floors and other areas of the house your guests won’t occupy. Your kitchen is going to get messy while cooking. Nobody expects a spotless kitchen floor or an organized closet in your child’s bedroom!
  3. Traveling for Turkey Day? Pack non-perishables a few days before. Have your child pack a little bag of a few toys to play with during travel time or to play with at your Thanksgiving destination. If you are running around Thanksgiving day packing a diaper bag, etc. it will just add more stress to stressful travel with kids.
  4. Remember that food will be the main decorating point of your table, but if you want to add other details go for a nature walk to de-stress and find acorns, pine cones and leaves to put around your table. Michael’s Craft Store also has fun and easy crafts your kids can make to help decorate.
  5. Give your kids little tasks to help out – dust furniture, snap the tips of green beans, wash dishes, etc. It will help them feel a part of the preparation and help you out!

What tips do you have to save time on Thanksgiving?

6 Responses to “Time Saving Thanksgiving Tips”

  1. teresa herrera-honores November 21, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    thanks for the tips! i always hope people dont notice the messy floors especially with all the cooking that goes on!

  2. Colleen P November 22, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I also have everyone try on their outfits ahead of time. Helps the kids get dressed more easily and I don’t have to be searching last minute to find matching socks.

  3. Hanna November 23, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Thank you for posting these tips… I have to fight hard to stay organized over the holidays! My best tip is to have at least one side dish that can be made the night before.

  4. Angela Heffner November 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Thanks for posting this. I felt like such a frazzled woman this year trying to get everything ready. It’s nice to be able to cut corners and still have everything come out great!

  5. Michelle @womenwwin November 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I love Trader Joe’s for quick veggies! Great tip!

  6. Jan November 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Thanksgiving was fine, but now we have to do this all over again for Christmas, lol This time will be ham tho so it may be easier, less mess, no bones, or stuffing hehe I like the tip to have the kids help out with small tasks that matter but that you don’t have time to do. It really does make them feel like they participated in the “party” πŸ™‚