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!

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