Hello August and hello transitioning from summer to fall. Whether you’re already feeling the change in the weather or are still battling scorching heat, August means changing your mind set from summer vacation to school, colder weather and bundling up inside on cozy nights!
Here’s a little “to do” list to get you ready for a great and organized fall!
Begin to go through summer clothes/items and create a “donate” pile for those you want to get rid of. This can mean summer clothes you didn’t wear at all, clothes and sandals that won’t fit your children next summer and other summer items that are just collecting dust. Why let them take up time and space?
Clean out your oven and microwave. Those 2 areas get used a lot more in the colder months than they do in the warm summer months so make sure they’re ready for whatever you bring at them this year!
Did you go on a summer vacation? Go through your pictures now and organize/store them however you want (digitally or in a bin or book).
Clean up your outdoor areas – this includes pruning whatever needs to be cleaned up before it gets too cold, all outdoor sitting areas and fire pits.
Check your heating system to make sure it’s working properly. In the moment, it seems like there’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night feeling like an icicle because the heat went out!
This isn’t a long list, and I’m sure there’s more you have to do to prep for fall, but completing this list now will make the next couple months a lot easier for you and your family! Get to it!
It’s July and summer is in full swing! For my family that means being outside a LOT, including meal time. If you’re like my family and you love eating outside, here’s a tip that will cut your prep time significantly – keep everything you need in one big bin or basket. Plates, napkins, cups, silverware, bowls, etc. whatever you need for outdoor dining, keep it together! This is one tip I ALWAYS give my clients when working in kitchens.
This means the next time you want to have an impromptu picnic, everything you need is in one area which means less time looking and more time with family and friends.
It’s summer! And that means no to school and yes to vacations, beaches and pools, evening walks, yard work, home projects and so many more things that it can almost be overwhelming when you think about it! Before your summer is in full swing, take a few minutes today to write down what you want to complete or experience this summer. Put it all in your planner, mark those days on your calendar, create a summer “to-do list”, or whatever else you need for a reminder, but the best way to make sure something happens is to put it in writing so you don’t miss out!
This was a long winter but we’ve finally moved past cold weather and are seeing the April showers giving way to May flowers! Nature is doing it’s part outside, but are you doing your part inside?
One easy way to update your home for the spring season is to change out those dark throw pillows and accent pieces for lighter materials and brighter colors.
A simple change but a big step to help bring spring inside your home.
April is here! And for most of us that means the snow is gone, the green leaves are budding and flowers are beginning to bloom. That also means it’s the perfect time to tackle your garage/shed. Summer can be too hot but spring weather is the absolute best time to pull everything out, purge whatever you don’t want to keep and then put everything back in to the space, categorized and organized.
*Helpful tip – invest in clear bins with locking lids so you can easily see what’s in each container and you won’t have to worry about unwelcome guests making their way inside.
Cardboard in a garage or shed is a definite “no” for long term storage.