Change Focus

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  It’s time to step back from those busy schedules, clients, emails and businesses to focus on family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday. Of course, this is easier said than done for many consultants and business owners, but important nonetheless.

Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming.  In fact, planning ahead and being organized can help reduce those feelings of stress.  Here are some tips that will help the prep process:

  • Create a menu and write down a shopping list based on the menu.
  • Create a cooking time schedule; be sure to indicate which dishes can be made ahead of time.
  • A few days before Thanksgiving, clean out the refrigerator so there is room for groceries and dishes.
  • Set the dinner table the day before. It is one less thing to do on Thanksgiving Day and it will help ensure that you have all the necessary dishes, platters, glasses, etc.
  • Assign tasks to people so that you don’t have to do it all on your own. Assigning a set up crew and some dishwashers for after the meal can be extremely helpful.  People want to help.
  • Prepare some of  the side dishes and desserts ahead of time.

Enjoy the day and give thanks for what surrounds you.  Have a safe, happy and organized Thanksgiving!' About Melissa Stacey

Melissa Stacey with Feeling Organized specializes in organization for your home, office, and small business. She works with each client to create a unique system that's geared toward their specific needs, lifestyle, and/or work style. Some of Melissa’s expertise includes filing systems, paper management, closet spaces, offices, and work flow. As a WIC Board member, Melissa oversees WIC’s finances, silent auction, and sponsorship initiatives.


  1.' Rachel Melia says

    These are all great tips Melissa. I especially like assigning tasks. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2.' Cheryl Chow says

    Thanks for the great tips, Melissa. As with everything, planning is the key. But I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! My way of organizing for Thanksgiving is to not cook at home.

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