Thanksgiving cleanup advice sought
I would love to start a tradition so everyone knows to pitch in with cleanup but am at a lack to know how to get it started!!
My husband and I host Thanksgiving and we do love it. We have 15+ family plus those who need somewhere to go. We also have our 3 grown kids stay with us. My motto is the more the merrier. I love the planning, table setting and cooking and of course time together, but Lord, not the cleanup! This is what I dread every year is tackling the mounds of dishes, food and glass wear! Perhaps it's telling that I'm already fretting about this! .
Some will offer to help clean up after the meal but what I'd really like is a cleanup committee!! Normally I don't allow guests to help with cleanup but this one holiday vexes me. Now I don't mean that the kitchen should be spotless before anyone can go home, but just to help with the majority so I, my husband and 1 or two others don't get stuck with it after everyone goes home year after year. If you're still reading this, I'd love your thoughtful suggestions. Advice to switch up locations each year among people doesn't work as no other in-town family offers!
I always send out an email several weeks prior starting the ball rolling with who wants to bring what. Is it too much to ask for cleanup volunteers? Or, how does your family deftly handle things? I wouldn't mind people volunteering to clean in lieu of bringing a dish.