The Fort Collins moving company has come and gone, leaving a sea of boxes in its wake. As you survey the scene, you become more and more discouraged – how are you going to make good on your offer to host Thanksgiving with so much to do?
It can seem daunting at first, but since you picked the right residential moving company to do all the heavy lifting (and we thank you!), you are still energized and ready to tackle the task at hand – prepping for the first Thanksgiving in your new home without losing your sanity. Here are some tips to impress your loved ones this year, tricking them into thinking you have it all together, even when you feel like a hot mess.
Comprise A Game Plan
I’m not talking about recipes and grocery lists (although you will want a plan regarding these aspects). You need to figure out what’s most important – having a kitchen to cook in, a place for guests to hang while they wait, and the table everyone can gather around to eat off of.
Because you looked for the best company out of all the Fort Collins moving companies, and followed our tips for marking all of your boxes, you know that everything that belongs in the kitchen is in the kitchen. They made sure your dining room table ended up exactly where you wanted it, along with your living room or family room furnishings. This is a plus – it saves so much time when you don’t have to move the big stuff yourself!
The most important thing is to make sure the boxes are clear from the kitchen. Start here and don’t stop until all boxes are unpacked, broken down, and removed from the area. Once you’ve taken care of this, you can move on to the other rooms. Is it important to you to have your décor perfectly in place? While you might feel the urge to pull out every knick-knack, picture, and candle, will your guests really care?
Let’s be honest – everyone has moved, so they’ll all understand if things aren’t perfectly in place. Of course, if it’s going to stress you out to no end that these items were left packed away, go ahead and unpack them. Just know that your relatives aren’t going to care. They’re just there for the food and pie!
If you have a family, that significantly decreases the amount of time you are stuck unpacking and arranging everything. Put everyone to work, splitting up tasks between everyone based on what they can handle. You don’t want everyone all in the kitchen at the same time (you know the old saying about too many cooks in the kitchen, right? Don’t spoil the soup!). If you have young children, you can have them work on their arranging their bedrooms to keep them out of your way.
You should also consider delegating menu items. Just because you’re hosting the feast doesn’t mean you can’t ask people to bring a dish! Have your Aunt Ida bring her famous, can’t-live-without-it apple pie, and Uncle Raymond can bring the pork stuffing everyone craves at Thanksgiving. This takes less off of your plate, leaving you more time to make sure your house is in order.
So the big day is here, and all of a sudden, you’ve realized you’ve ruined a side dish. Your dog ate the stuffed celery. You forgot to buy the cranberries to make the cranberry sauce. Whatever you do, don’t have a meltdown! Everyone knows you’ve just moved.
They aren’t going to stress too much if you forgot one little side dish or appetizer! Let it go, and remember what Thanksgiving is all about – gathering together with friends and family to celebrate what you’re thankful for. If something stressful occurs and you find yourself turning towards the dark side, laugh it off. You’ll be surprised how much your mood improves!
You can move into your new home and host Thanksgiving dinner in the same month, as long as you are prepared and ask for the help that you need. Of course, moving companies in Fort Collins help a lot! Connect with Exodus, one of the best moving companies in Fort Collins on Facebook, or leave us a note here.