I have a confession: I am obsessed with getting my family organized for the Fall season. I believe that Fall is one of my favorite seasons apart from summer.
This is the special time when the leaves change on the trees, holiday season begins, cozy long fall nights and early brisk mornings. I enjoy surrounding myself with all things pumpkin, and pulling out a fresh pair of “riding boots.”I am a Michigan girl at heart, so having a great pair of boots and cozy sweater are always on my list each year. Though I am at a point where I am beginning this yearly ritual a bit late this season.
So many things have been going on in the world, that my focus has not totally been on organizing my household, and prepping for this massive shift in the atmosphere. I think that getting my Fall life together should not be stressful. Girl, it should be more about “less is more,” and keeping “what you love,” is the key!
I prefer to keep things in a timely order to assist in maintaining my sanity as a loving wife, mother, and growing businesswoman. In this blog post I am offering my top 10 tips to help get your family organized for the Fall season.
Clean the entry way of your home
The entry is the place where my house gets the most traffic from morning until night. The entry of the house is the best place to begin organizing at the beginning of the Fall season.
The pool bag that my family and I have used consistently all summer long, flip flops, the infamous floaties, and all of the outside gear that are taking up needless space in the entry. Designate a space for children’s backpacks, shoes, and coats for school.
Set up a family calendar:
Fall is the opening season for sports activities, school fundraisers and holiday fun! Find a convenient wall to put up a large family calendar or a reliable desk planner or pocket planner to carry in your purse during the day. This will help to establish a system of organizing schedules, children’s chore list, to-do list for the week, Cause girl, the refrigerator cannot hold everything before the clutter takes over in the kitchen.
Prepare a homework space:
Kids will need a convenient space to work on homework and other school projects throughout the year. I will never know how important it is for my children to have a productive space to grow, learn, create, and develop in my home.
Give the fridge and countertops a deep cleaning.
Check Pinterest for unique cleaning ideas for a new ways to clean the kitchen. Clean the fridge, walls, and countertops with a deep cleaning in the kitchen area.
Organize the pantry:
Clean out all the empty seasonings that do not serve you. Check Pinterest for recipe ideas to bring in the Fall with refreshing Fall flavors, with healthy meal prepping options for lunch, dinner and breakfast this season.
Clear the clutter:
Grab a huge trash bag and begin the process of donating, recycling, and giving back to others in the community.
Take on the Kids bedrooms:
Clear out the kids rooms and begin with a clean slate. Every year kids begin to outgrow clothes, shoes, toys, and mostly socks too. Have the kids help with supporting the efforts of cleaning out their rooms. I have my children choose what toys and books they want to keep, donate, or sell. This will give them a sense of ownership and responsibility for getting organized and ready to welcome the New Year.
Cleanse the closet:
It is time to clear out the old and bring in the new! Go through everything in the closet the kids, my own, and the hubby’s clothes are all up for grabs….literally get all the clothes out!If they do not fit, or if they have been damaged during a massive laundry day this is the time to “cleanse the closet.”
Refresh the bathroom:
Clean all the bathroom toilets, sinks, shower heads, floor tile, and shower curtains, and most importantly the mirrors. While reminding my children the importance of personal hygiene, brushing teeth, and combing hair every morning before going to school.
This one is a biggie! I seem to get totally emerged in homework every school year. I find that by keeping my children’s homework in a separate after-school binder and immediately throwing away the school announcements and other sheets of information away is a must for homework storage.I love that I have found affordable cartons from “Dollar Tree,” that work as excellent storage bins for my children’s homework and kid art.