Everyone loves the holidays and if you are “the” host in the family, you know that it takes a lot of work. So how do you handle hosting holiday gatherings when your house is on the market? With careful
planning, of course! Since you never know when the phone might ring with a request for a showing, the pre-Thanksgiving prep, as well as post-Thanksgiving mess, probably won’t entice anyone into a sale. Here are a few tips to streamline Thanksgiving from beginning to end:
This Thanksgiving your goal should be to cook enough but not too much. You don’t want mountains of leftovers clogging your refrigerator and cluttering your counters. Plan your menu carefully and make a sensible amount of food. Resist the temptation to go overboard by sticking to your menu. And have to-go containers at the ready for guests to take away the excess or to store a bit of it (neatly) for your own post-Thanksgiving snack.
Speaking of the menu, ensuring that you’ve got all the ingredients for your feast is a perfect time to weed out spoiled spices and spruce up the pantry. You’ll be surprised at how many ingredients you already have, like that nutmeg you bought last year and barely used. An ingredient inventory will save you money and make your kitchen more attractive to potential buyers.
A schedule is as important as a menu. Make what you can in advance. Cooking a little at a time reduces stress and mess. Start today and you’ll be on track for a terrific Turkey Day! And it’s not just food that can be prepared ahead of time. Relegate your everyday family meals to the kitchen for now so that you can set and forget your Thanksgiving dining room table. You might even consider using some of the new disposable silverware or plates (even tablecloths!). They’re a far cry from old-school paper plates and white plastic forks and they make clean up quick and easy.