The lazy days of summer have ended, and the kids are back-to-school and with it a feeling that it’s time to reorganize for the holiday season. Get started with these 8 ideas for purging, decluttering and making your home polished and inviting.
1. CUT THE CLUTTER
While you were away and outdoors enjoying summer the clutter has accumulated, so now is the time to sweep through and de-clutter before starting any bigger projects. Getting organized is a significantly easier task when there’s less stuff to deal with.
2. GET A HEAD START ON HOLIDAY Cards
It may only be September, but it won’t be long before it’s the holiday season. One thing you can get out of the way right now is organizing your stationery and writing supplies. Also planning that perfect family holiday card photo shoot. Make sure your address book is up to date and plan ahead for buying stamps, cards and invitations.
3. PREP THE FRONT HALL CLOSET FOR WINTER COATS
It might be a very warm end to summer, but with the fall fashion season comes a closet full of coats, whether they’re new purchases or taken out of storage and dry-cleaned. Don’t be caught scrambling for a coat on the first chilly morning of autumn! Get organized ahead of time with our solutions for front hall closets.
4. Check Your Windows
As the cold approaches be sure to start thinking about how you will cover those windows to keep the heat in. Think about Products like Honeycomb Shades from Hunter Douglas or custom draperies to match your decor.
5. FOCUS ON CLEAN AIR
As the weather gets cooler and you keep windows open less often, your home will be getting less and less fresh air from outside. Help keep indoor air quality high by clearing chemicals (try switching to biodegradable cleaning products) and investing in a few new houseplants — English ivy, peace lilies and gerbera daisies are top picks for cleaning indoor air of pollutants.
6. Time for outdoor fall decor!
Mums the word as you start to fill your planters or stack your hay bales. Look to coordinate your welcoming entry way with fall fun of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins, gourds and fall plants can pull together the fall feeling before you step foot in your home!
7. GET STARTED ON FALL ENTERTAINING
As patio party season ends, the time for more formal indoor entertaining begins. Think about what events you are hosting and what you need to do to get prepared. Research new recipe ideas and practice before the big events.
8. PLAN YOUR NEXT PROJECT
From a major kitchen reno to a paint touch-up in the guest bedroom, any home project will go smoother if it’s well planned. Even if you’re still in the dreaming stage, that’s no reason not to plan! Pick up some books and magazines for inspiration and spend a morning with them and a cup or two of coffee — and a notebook to jot down ideas!