The Most Important Thing to Do This Weekend to Make Thanksgiving So Much Less Stressful

published Nov 18, 2022
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Turkey Day is on its way, and if you’re hosting dinner at your house, “being thankful” probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list right now. Enjoying a special meal with your loved ones — amazing as the end-result is — can definitely involve some stress. Luckily, taking time to plan ahead can make things easier (and more delicious) for everyone. And in my opinion, there’s one thing you can do this weekend to make Thanksgiving go as smoothly as possible: Get your baking supplies in order.

The important reason for this timing: You’ll have enough of a window to replenish your ingredients without falling prey to last-minute grocery store rushes or, worse, empty shelves. Do your future, frazzled self a favor and carve out a few hours on the Saturday or Sunday before Thanksgiving to follow this easy two-step plan.

Check (and organize) your ingredients.

First, write down everything you’re going to bake, whether it’s pumpkin pie, cookies, or homemade bread rolls. Make another list of the ingredients you need for each item you’ll be baking, and then go through your pantry and see what you already have. Toss anything that’s expired and make a grocery list of what you need to replenish (to make the grocery trip easier, try organizing the list by sections of the store).

Next, organize your supplies so they’re all easy to access when it comes time to set up your baking station. Rotate your ingredients to the front shelf, or put them all in a designated bin you can easily pull out of the pantry and set out on the counter for baking.

Check (and organize) your gear and gadgets.

It’s also a good idea to make sure all your tools are in working order — nobody wants to end up with a broken stand mixer when baking day arrives. Think, too, about organizing your supplies so they’re all easy to access when it comes time to set up your baking station.

“If the gadgets drawer with your spatulas and whisks is looking messy, drawer dividers and small, low-profile bins are a great way to keep items sorted and easy to grab,” professional organizer Andrea Litsch suggests.