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Super Handy Thanksgiving Checklist

Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Here is a simple checklist for hosting Thanksgiving in your home.


  • Create a budget

  • Determine guest list and extend invites

  • Create meal plan, if ordering a fresh turkey or catered food, do so now

  • Make shopping list – buy non-perishables now to save time

  • Let others know what they can bring

  • Schedule your time for shopping, decorating, and cooking

  • Clean an organize your living room, kitchen, spare bedroom, and bathroom, schedule professionals, if necessary

  • Plan activities for children

  • Plan table decorations and wash all serving pieces, borrow items if needed

  • Plan seating

  • If turkey is frozen, plan when to defrost

  • Prep as much as possible the day before; pies, chop veggies, etc.

  • Allow guests to help prepare and clean up afterward

  • Have a clean-up plan

  • Have a plan for sharing leftovers, buy disposable storage in advance

Need help? 

Consider hiring Neat as a Pin for help cleaning and setting up before the guests arrive or after they have gone as a reward for a job well-done. 

Here’s to a warm and memorable Thanksgiving!



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Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

My name is Jennifer Snyder CPO, Chief Executive Organizer of Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts, a Waco-based company of Professional Organizers that is not only focused on organizing the clutter in your home or office but also clutter of the heart and mind. 

I am happy that you are taking an interest in the benefits of getting your home and life organized.  Living an organized life is for everyone!

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