Welcome Fall! (Part 2)

Now for the fun part- decorating! I love making my home cozy and festive for every holiday or season and I think fall is one of the easiest seasons to decorate for. How’s that? Well first of all, you can save money by using your autumn decor through Thanksgiving to impress your holiday guests. This also saves time by not having to do all that work the week before. Also, you can use natural decor, things from your yard or a local farm. Leaves that fall off the trees, apples, pumpkins and gourds make great decor. You can also use color to give that festive feel- anything you already have in red, yellow or orange will fit perfectly.
I have light yellow curtains on my patio door and to take them from everyday to autumn I simply pinned fabric leaves to the top. This was really affordable and added a little festivity without investing in new curtains. If you want to try this yourself, this is what I used:
-bag of 50 fabric leaves $1 at the Dollar Tree
-container of 50 safety pins $1.48 at Price Chopper
I used 22 leaves and 22 safety pins to do this 6ft wide set of curtains so you could do several windows depending on the size for about $2.50.

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I used some of the leftover leaves to decorate a basket I also purchased for $1 at the Dollar Tree. I used a hot glue gun to fasten the leaves and filled the basket with some apples from the backyard. I used about 21 leaves for this project so it cost about $1.50. This could also be a fun project for children and you could use a glue stick instead.

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I also purchased some cheap decorative towels from the Dollar Tree (yes, I am in love with that store) for $1 each to brighten up my kitchen.

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You could also make your own festive towels by dying plain white towels orange, red or yellow and using a fabric marker to stencil on a leaf print or other design. Or maybe take four towels and stencil “F” “A” “L” “L” on each. This could also be a fun project with the kids, and you could even do it outside while the weather is still warm, to cut down on the mess.
Yet another wonderful purchase from the Dollar Tree is the leaf garland. You get a 5ft strand for $1 and they look great woven through a railing or banister. I’m not sure if they are meant for outdoors, but the leaves are a kind of plasticky fabric on a plastic strand, so I think they might fair well.

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I’ll keep you updated on more fall project ideas as the season continues and I hope you get a chance to try some of these!
Happy Harvest!

Welcome Fall! (Part 1)

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written a post, but now that the summer is over I’m going to be back at it!
The leaves are changing, and the apples are ripening- it’s time to embrace fall and there’s no better way than to spruce up your home with some fall flavor!
The first thing I like to do at the start of the season is a full house cleaning. It sounds overwhelming but it’s not all that much more than your regular daily/weekly cleaning. The difference is that with seasonal cleaning we try to tackle closets, basements, attics, and garages.
For the closets I like to buy those fabric bins you can find at the dollar store and put all similar items in one bin. It’s a simple way of organizing without the hassle of trying to fit everything “just right”. You could also use regular cardboard boxes or shoe boxes and label them. As you are sorting items into bins you can toss items that you no longer need. Take a minute to look through the clothes in your closet. If it no longer fits or you just don’t love it anymore, bag it and donate it.
For the attic or basement, you can do the same as the closets but with big plastic containers. If you don’t love it or need it anymore, toss it, donate it, or give it to a friend who might use it. I know I sometimes save things in hopes that I might one day use them but now is the time to really decide if you ever plan on using it. If you really like the way the lamps you already have in the living room match the ceiling fan, then it might be time to get rid of that pretty set in the attic. Maybe they would look nice in your friend’s house…
For the garage- buy some sort of hooks. You can get all those shovels and rakes off the floor and easily be able to see what you have. If you have multiples of one thing, get rid of one or two. You can also repaint an old dresser to make an affordable storage area for smaller tools. It’ll keep you organized and it’s a great way to repurpose an old piece.
Another place we often forget to keep up on is the pantry. Pull everything out and put it on the kitchen table. Check the dates and toss the expired items. (Don’t forget to add it to the grocery list if it was the last one!) Organize the items into piles and replace the items in your pantry by whatever system works for you- all sauces and dressings together, tomato products together or perhaps by how you use them.
Don’t forget about vacuuming, mopping, dusting, etc.!
This might take a few days but once you’re done, you’ll be ready for the fun part!