You may think that Thanksgiving is all about the bird, but that's only part of the story. Appetizers, side dishes and desserts are important, too. If you're having guests over, a few will invariably bring something, and the dishes you prepare yourself will have to be stored somewhere. If your refrigerator is still full of last summer's pickle experiment and that huge container of "stuff" your mother-in-law sent over when you all had the flu, you might want to clear the decks before you need the space for bigger and better things. Keeping the fridge relatively clear until you need it is a good idea, too. If you like to cook large meals, scale down until after the holiday by freezing what you don't plan on using right away.