Countdown To Thanksgiving The Four Week Plan

Getting ready for Thanksgiving the right way requires that you have a good plan in place.  While most of us usually start our Thanksgiving preparation a day or so before time, those who apparently seem to breeze through Thanksgiving without breaking a sweat are those who actually started preparing about a month ahead of time.  What should you do each week?  Here’s a handy breakdown of your time to ensure that you can prepare in advance for the big day.


Week One


The first week is all about organization.  During this time, you need to sort through and tidy your kitchen cabinets and drawers, making sure that you have all the pots and pans you’ll need, all the baking dishes and more.  Double-check your spice rack to make sure that you have all the nonperishable spices that you will need, if anything is missing then buy it now.  Do not buy anything perishable yet.


Week Two


The second week of your Thanksgiving preparation should include readying specific items for use, and stocking up on any canned or frozen grocery items that you will need that have a decent shelf life.  Go ahead and buy your canned goods now, and you can even buy your turkey if you will be using a frozen bird.


Week Three


This week comes down to crunch time for Thanksgiving.  You need to make sure that you have the tables and chairs that you will need for your guests, as well as napkins, plates and other essentials.


Week Four


This is the last week of your Thanksgiving preparation.  You need to buy all of your perishable foods now, and check everything off your list as you buy it.  Buy several days ahead of time if possible, as this ensures a good selection and time to go back and get forgotten items. After all, you don’t want to be left with the last bruised, battered turkey on the shelf when the Thanksgiving shopper’s scrum dies down!

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