Make lists and start early
Nothing contributes to that harried feeling you get over the holidays than needing to rush around at the last minute. Prepare a comprehensive list ahead of time and cross off tasks as you complete them. This will help you adjust your pace as you go, leaving you much more confident and relaxed when your doorbell finally rings.
Include all of your cleaning, shopping, decorating, food prepping tasks and hang the list somewhere prominent. And don’t be afraid to ask for help! Assign specific tasks to family members to lighten the load.
Honor your guests
Make a list of the guests who are coming and write down some of dietary restrictions and their likes and dislikes. As you go through the month organizing, shopping, and cooking, stay mindful of this list and make choices that your guests will be delighted with.
Organize your cabinets
Go through your collection of spices and move the ones you’ll be using this month to the front. Get this done early so you know what you’ve got and don’t wind up buying something you already have.
Do the same thing with your pantry shelves. Sort through your canned and dry goods to see what you’ve got before you go shopping.
If you’re looking to make a little extra space in the pantry, donate non-perishables you might not use to a local food bank.
Organize the refrigerator
Make room for fresh foods by eating what you’ve already got in your fridge and freezer. You can also get rid of leftovers that have been in there too long. This will create room for all the holiday-related items you’ll be buying in the coming weeks - plus all of those delicious leftovers!
Stock up on kitchen essentials
When you’re at the grocery store this month, stock up on dry goods to feed your family and overnight guests easily. Coffee, tea, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, and cans of soup are perfect for creating easy, impromptu meals and you can store them in your pantry for a long time.
Remember the big picture
Above all else, remember that the holidays are a time to have fun with friends, family and loved ones. Do your best to get your kitchen prepped and organized for your guests, but don't forget to relax and enjoy the season too!