Ah, fall. After a busy summer doing stuff with my kids, cooking, writing, and taking lots of photos, I am ready to turn my attention back onto our home. As the days shorten, my nesting instinct kicks into gear. Dust bunnies and knick knacks are all fair game for my decluttering. Summer is tidied up, and fall is welcomed with blankets, flannel sheets, and lots of soups and stews.
My Fall Projects
1. Organize my middle sons’ bedroom.
With 2 boys sharing a room and very little storage space, I need to spend some time organizing their room for 2 growing boys. The dresser they share is in bad shape and needs replacing, thanks to a climbing boy. Their clothes are getting bigger, and bigger, and now I have 2 sons wearing uniforms to school.
2. Tackler the ever-constant issue of toy storage.
3. Get the fridge, pantry, and freezer ready for our October Unprocessed Challenge.
My family is joining the October Unprocessed Challenge at Eating Rules. The idea is to go 30 days without eating processed food. Yes, it’s October which means Halloween, candy, and parties. As a family, we don’t eat a lot of processed food, and there’s always room for improvement.
4. Put together our family calendar for Christmas gifts.
The family calendar that I create every year for extended family is one of my favorite projects. I love going through photos and being reminded of what happened over the past 12 months. I think it’s a great gift for extended family because it’s something they need anyway, and they don’t have to feel guilty about throwing the calendars away because they’ll be getting another one.
Usually, I do a single photo for each month. This time, since I have so many great photos, I’m going to experiment with photo collages. This could be a bit crazy!
5. Deep clean and declutter our home.
Normally, I follow a basic deep cleaning schedule thanks to the FlyLady. Unfortunately, between my busy summer schedule and the unusually pollen-filled spring, our home is really dusty and dirty. Really.
In August, I started deep cleaning the first floor. The living room and dining room are finished. The bedroom is mostly finished. The office is halfway finished. The kitchen is not. I’ve done nothing on the second floor, yet.
Early in the summer, I tackled my Goodwill pile that had been sitting for about 6 months or so, and I worked a little on the basement. We never cleaned out the garage. As I deep clean, I’m decluttering and taking loads to Goodwill. We have a Goodwill right around the corner from my children’s school, making it easy for me to drop off a load of donations before picking up the kids.
My plan is to continue the deep cleaning and decluttering. I like a clean house before we close up the windows for the winter. I also need to move from the baby/toddler season into the season of elementary and high school students.