When the fall season hits each year, I get the itch to get some fall organizing projects done. Here is my list of 8 projects for this season. Feel free to do these projects yourself, or make up your own list.
1) Wash the windows. I want to be sure I'm able to enjoy the colors of fall and I don't want to have to view them through dirty windows. So, I plan to grab my squeegee and window cleaner, go outside and work on cleaning a minimum of two windows each day until they're all done.
2) Hose 'em down. Lawn mowers, plastic garbage containers, bikes and other items stored in the garage tend to get very dusty. My husband and I are going to choose a weekend to drag anything that could be washed onto our driveway. We'll then hose everything off to get them nice and clean again before returning them to the garage. While everything is out in the driveway, we'll also take the opportunity to sweep out the garage.
3) Have a closet session. I plan to go through my wardrobe from last fall and winter to see what I want to keep, and what I want to donate. All of my donations will be brought to a local charity. Once this is done, I'll be able to take inventory and determine if there's anything new I need to buy to make my fall wardrobe complete.
4) Old toys. I plan to get together with my toddler, go through her old toys and have her help me put the ones she no longer plays with in a large plastic bag. We'll then drive together to a donation drop-off to make our donation. Finally, we'll make one last stop at a toy store to pick up one new toy for my toddler for being so kind and giving.
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5) Skip the market. I plan to skip going to the supermarket for one week (we'll just pick up milk at the convenience store) and use up any food we already have in the house.
You may be surprised how many meals you could scrape together from your refrigerator, freezer, cabinets and pantry. Before shopping the following week, I'll give all of those food storage areas a good cleaning--it will be quick because most of the food will have been eaten!
6) Finish my holiday shopping. I never do any holiday shopping in November or December. I plan to have it completely finished by October. This way, I can enjoy the holiday season with my family and friends, rather than rushing to crowded malls.
7) Prune the perennials. My landscaping is primarily made up of perennial plants. I usually wait until late fall to do my pruning. I'll go out on a nice, sunny day and get it all done in an afternoon. Afterwards, I'll go back inside and reward myself with a delicious cup of apple cider.
8) Get the house decorated. When the season changes, I always put away last season's decorations, and rotate the new season decorations out of the box. I have about 5 large, plastic boxes that hold seasonal items--one season per box. The task will be both easy, and fun!