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Top 3: Tips for Thanksgiving

November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving is around the corner. Our blog contributors have come together to share some tips to having and hosting your best Thanksgiving yet!


Plan Your Plate – Mindful Eating
By Wellness Contributor, Kathryn McFarland KM Headshot crop

If Thanksgiving often leaves you feeling stuffed and uncomfortable, plan to eat mindfully this year! Pay attention to what you put on your plate, don’t forget your favorites – but load up on vegetables and salads first. Plan your drinks as well, bubbles can leave you feeling bloated, take a minute to think about your food and drink together. With each sip and bite, take a minute to enjoy all the flavors! If you overdo it, don’t worry about. It was one day, and tomorrow is a new day. Go for a walk after dinner, and plan balanced meals for the next day.

Temporary Storage Solutions 
By Professional Organizer, Jiliane Patriarca jiliane_patriarca_003-crop

Having guests over to your apartment or home for thanksgiving dinner is different from friends hanging out at your place on any given Sunday. If you feel like you have more things to put away temporarily for the holidays, make sure you are making use of the vertical space in your home. Look up and look down. Do you have extra space at the top of our closet? Use empty shoe boxes to fill with any smaller items you don’t want out and stack them on top of each other.  A great space for temporary storage is under your bed our couch. I have a folding poster board that I am using to complete a 1000 piece puzzle on. I don’t want it out while I have guests over, so I have temporarily slid it under my couch.

They key to this is to remember that they are temporary storage solutions. Once you finished washing all your dishes from thanksgiving lunch or dinner, be sure to get these items back out and into their proper places. This also happens to be a great way to realize what you really may or may not need. If you end up keeping these items in their temporary storage spots for longer than 3 months, it may be a sign that you don’t necessarily need them in your life and you may think about donating or selling them.

Tips to elevate your table
By Visuals Contributor, Jackson Cheevers Jackson Headshot

When it comes to having family, friends, or a mix of both over for Thanksgiving, I often find myself scrambling at the last minute to make my table something special, but also something easy to put together and take down. I have three very reliable solutions that always have my guests arriving delighted and departing satiated.

When setting the table, add a small gift of chocolate or a fall themed candle to each place setting. This adds an extra touch that lets your guests know you thought about them outside of the meal

If you do not have the time or resources to create a magazine level centerpiece, use what you have around you! Candles intermingled with branches and leaves from outside in all those gorgeous red and orange hues will create a definite glow at the table. The best part, easy clean up! you can just toss it all back outside again when you are finished! If natural decoration is not readily available, over dose on candles in all different containers and candle stick heights. This adds drama and the atmosphere is immediately more intimate.

Lastly, make a cocktail unique to the evening. Use some rosemary stalks dipped in sugar as a garnish and you are good to go! With a good garnish, the cocktail can be as simple as gin, soda water, and cranberry juice and it is an easy way to impress!


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Organization Organization Blog!


Jiliane Patriarca

Jiliane is the founder of The Organization Organization, a San Francisco-Bay Area based professional organizing company. After years of working in a variety of industries (food service, health care, financial planning, and communication), she realized that she had gravitated towards the same thing at every single job… organizing! Now she uses her super-powers to help people feel less stressed and cluttered, by transforming their space. It’s her mission to help people become more efficient and productive, so that they can have more time to do the things that make them happy.