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Hosting Thanksgiving in a Small Space

Thanksgiving dinner can be an unnerving task for anyone, but it can be especially daunting when you decide to host Thanksgiving at your small apartment. With limited space and no dedicated dining area, many people may shy away from hosting a dinner party of this caliber. Don’t fret! Having a small space doesn’t mean you have to refrain from entertaining. Here are some tips on how to create the perfect Thanksgiving feast in a small space.

Rearrange Your Space

In a small apartment, you’ll need to get creative with the limited space available. Take a look at your living space and move things around to accommodate your needs. Maybe move your dining tableto the living room and take your coffee table out. Make space in the living room by pushing furniture against the walls or removing it altogether. You can also gain more space throughout your apartment by using your bedroom as a storage area for the day. All unnecessary pieces of furniture can be temporarily moved to your bedroom to create less clutter and more seating in other rooms.

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No Table? No Problem!

Look around your space for anything that could be converted into a usable dining surface big enough to accommodate your Thanksgiving feast. Everything from kitchen carts to desks to pieces of plywood with a table cloth over it are fair game. Push everything together to form a big table. Don’t stress if it doesn’t look perfect. Or if you want to go table-less, all you need are floor pillows and a coffee table or two. Allow guests to sit wherever they please. Anything from couches to folding chairs work.

Helping Hands

Solicit help from good friends and loving family members. Assign guests a side dish to bring. It takes the pressure off of you to man everything in the kitchen, so you can focus on the staples. Just be sure to keep track of who’s bringing what so you don’t end up with 3 of the same dishes. After dinner is done, ask everyone to help clear the dishes and at least rinse everything off. The faster the clean-up, the sooner everyone can get back to mingling.

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Don’t Stress

In the end, it’s important to remember that a successful Thanksgiving dinner party with your guests depends on your attitude. Instead of setting up impossible standards for the event, realize that the opportunity to get together and enjoy each other’s company is the whole reason for the holiday. Be sure to keep it spontaneous. Don’t stress over any plans for entertaining. Guests won’t remember that the tables didn’t line up or that the chairs didn’t match; they’ll just remember the food and the wonderful company they shared, so accept the flaws and go with the flow.

Donate to Toys for Tots at U-Stor-It!

Toys for Tots is a charity program established by the U.S Marine Corps Reserve that collects new, unwrapped toys during the months of October, November, and December, and distributes them to less fortunate children in the community each year. Countless businesses, schools, and other organizations participate nationwide. We are proud to announce that U-Stor-It will be one of those businesses! This year hundreds of children in the Chicagoland area will be able to experience the joys of Christmas thanks to your help.

However, there are a few requirements to keep in mind when dropping off toys:

  • All toys must be unwrapped and clearly seen in order to be evaluated.
  • All DVDs, CDs, and Video Games must be sealed and in their original shrink-wrapped packaging.
  • No toy weapons (including squirt guns, play swords, etc), gift cards, or food (including candy) will be accepted.

Click here for more information on the Toys of Tots organization.

The following U-Stor-It locations are now accepting toys:

U-Stor-It Auburn Gresham

8737 S Ashland Ave

Chicago, IL 60620

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 773-779-1090; 88thstreet@ustorit.com

 U-Stor-It Beverly

11118 S Rockwell St

Chicago, IL 60655

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 773-779-8700; beverly@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Carol Stream/ Wheaton

120 Tubeway Dr

Carol Stream, IL 60188

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-462-7300; garyave@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Streamwood

145 W Irving Park Rd

Streamwood, IL 60107

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-372-4636; streamwood@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Lisle

2100 Ogden Ave

Lisle, IL 60532

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-527-4100; lisle@ustorit.com

If you do not have time to run to the store to get a new toy, you can always submit a cash donation to the Toys for Tots Charity here.

You have until December 6th to bring in those toys! We at U-Stor-It are extremely excited to be participating in such a wonderful charity event. Help us spread the holiday cheer to all of the children in need of a Christmas present this year. Make sure to like our Facebook page for important updates regarding Toys for Tots and other events!