How did summer go by so quickly!? Around here in Chicago, if you blink, you will miss the fall season also! As we make the change to another season, I would like to give you some organizing advice as we go into the new season.
Halloween: I know your family has grown and your Halloween decorating ideas have changed so much from cute skeletons to nice outdoor decorations. Check the decorations that you currently have in your home BEFORE you go out and purchase new decorations. If you know last year you donated or disposed of old decorations and you know what you need this year, that is fine to purchase new items. I always tell my clients to see what you have first before you purchase new things because you may have already purchased the items or have too much of something. So have fun this year and enjoy all of the fun/cute costumes from the kids coming to your home!
Thanksgiving: This year you may decide or have the opportunity to host or go to a family members home or friends home for Thanksgiving. If you are hosting at your home this year, check out your kitchen items and see if you have what you need to prepare the meal and have enough space in your home to have guests. But in this case, be cautious before you decide to donate/dispose of some kitchen items or furniture because some stores may not have it in stock before the holiday due to the shortage around the country from retailers.
Christmas: This is a big holiday and I know you have MANY decorations from many years of decorating and you don’t want to part with any of it! That is completely fine with me but maybe this is the year to sort/purge/organize your Christmas decorations before going out and purchasing new ones. Again, this is a holiday where your decorating styles have changed as your family has grown and your decorating styles have changed. I know or hope you would “have fun” going through your decorations and I believe you will keep more memory items than just regular decorations. If you want to purchase new decorations, that is wonderful but if you can, check out what you have first before ordering the same item that you did last year and now you have two! If that is the case, you now have a holiday gift to give to family or friends!
My advice for this year: Shop in your OWN HOME before shopping in other stores. You will be amazed what you already have or have forgotten about it and now you will fall back in love with them again!
Have a wonderful fall season and if you have any questions or would like addition help with organizing, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.