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Stress-Free Ideas for Hosting Thanksgiving In Your New Home

Categories: Blog | Posted: November 25, 2019

It’s the holiday season! The weather is getting colder, the Halloween candy is almost gone, and turkey day is right around the corner. Depending on how recently you moved into your new house, tackling Thanksgiving dinner may be a tremendously gutsy thing to do. Even if it’s been a couple of months, you probably still have at least a few boxes left unpacked. But that’s just fine because we’ve got some ideas that will help your Thanksgiving dinner be a little less stressful.

Roll Your Housewarming Party into Thanksgiving

Even the happiest host is going to feel fatigued having people over when there are pictures to hang and rooms to paint, so make it easy on yourself. You’re already inviting people over, whether it’s your group of friends or family, so why not host a double-feature? Combine your Thanksgiving dinner with your housewarming party.

Who knows — you might even convince those friends or family members to help you unpack or set up a room or two. It’ll be a way for your guests to stave off the post-turkey nap, at least.

Give a Potluck Spin to Thanksgiving Dinner

Instead of spending the entire day (or several days, if we’re honest) preparing dishes, digging out roasting pans, and shopping for last-minute ingredients you couldn’t find in the post-move chaos, why not ask your guests to help?

Ask each guest to sign up for an item to bring on the big day. That way, you’ll only be responsible for one or two dishes and can focus your energy on getting your new home ready for your friends and family.

Serve Food You Can Eat on the Go!

Every single person who walks into your new house is going to want a tour. Like, right away, please. It’s going to be a blast showing off your new home to your loved ones, but make sure nobody’s feeling peckish while you’re taking on the role of a tour guide. Put out plenty of snacks and finger foods for guests to nibble on while you take them through the rooms of your new home.

Don’t Just Prep Dinner — Prep the Cleaning Station, Too

Thanksgiving dinner is a warm, cozy meal that makes you want to curl up and take a nap, not spend hours washing dishes. Save yourself the hassle by preparing for the Big Clean Up even before guests arrive. Make sure your dishwasher is empty and ready for business. Clean your pots and pans while you’re cooking, so there’s not a mountain of dishes to wash before you even eat. And finally, fill your sink with soapy water and encourage guests to pop their plates right in after dinner. You’ll be happy you put the time into this when you’re deep into the post-turkey haze.

Have Fun and Be Thankful!

Finally, Thanksgiving is about spending time with your family and friends. So enjoy it! Even if you’re eating off of paper plates, or you’re sitting on uncomfortable folding chairs between boxes, what’s important is the time you’re spending together. Enjoy your holiday!

Preparing for the First Night in Your New Home

Categories: Blog | Posted: November 10, 2019

You’ve been waiting all week, all month, and maybe all year for this day: It’s move-in day! Maybe you’ve hired movers, or you’re enlisting the help of friends and family. Regardless, today is going to be a long day filled with heavy lifting, excitement, and probably a good deal of exhaustion. After the last box makes it into the house and the keys are in your hand, now what? You don’t want to scramble around looking for blankets or paper towels or anything else when you’re tired and just want to relax before going to sleep.

Here are some ways you can make the first night in your new home a ton of fun and not incredibly stressful. After all, this is a big change. Make sure you enjoy it. Here are some tips for spending the first night in your new home.

Don’t Even Think About Cooking

Moving is expensive. We get it. But the last thing you want to do is to try and save money at this exact moment by avoiding takeout. Every cooking utensil and pan you own is probably packed up in a box that made its way into the living room anyway, so don’t waste your time or energy. Go ahead and order a pizza or your favorite takeout option. Now’s the perfect time to try out a restaurant in your new neighborhood.

Pack a “First Night” Bag

Yes, you did just pack up everything you own, so it seems silly to have this as a tip. But most people don’t think beyond the moving in itself, and when you’re ready to go to bed on that first night, you’ll be glad you thought ahead.

Pack a bag that contains your essentials, like:

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and toiletries
  • Chargers for your phone, computer, smartwatch, and other devices
  • Medication
  • Pajamas
  • An extra set of clothes (for tomorrow morning!)

Basically, anything you use every day should be in this bag.

Set Up A Home Essentials Kit

You know all those super necessary items that you never think about but always need? That’s what should be in the home essentials kit. You’ll pack a few of these items separately and will want to unpack it immediately. What’s a super necessary but often forgotten item?

We’re talking:

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap (for kitchen and bathroom)
  • Paper towels
  • Kitchen sponge
  • Kleenex
  • Trash bags
  • Lightbulbs (you’re guaranteed to need at least one)

Unpack Your Bedroom Right Away

No matter which room you’re most excited to set up, always set up your bedroom first. At the very least, set up your bed complete with blankets, pillows, and sheets. Even if you’re unpacking bright and early in the morning, and you’re hours away from needing to go to bed.

You will be so happy when you’re ready to fall into bed exhausted that first night if you just take the time to do this right away. Sleep will come with no extra work needed.

Pour a Cup of Tea, or Crack a Beer and Just Chill

This one’s the last and most important tip for having a stress-free moving day. At the end of the day, when you’re sitting between boxes on the floor, take an hour or so to relax. You did it — you’re home! Enjoy a few quiet moments in your new house. Congratulations!

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