Ideas to Simplify Fall Nesting

Ideas to Simplify Fall NestingFall brings a feeling of nesting for us all. The season change, a cold winter ahead, has us planning and preparing. Here are some ideas to help you simplify your fall nesting.

Home
Preparing your home for fall and winter can be an undertaking. Break this project down. First start by putting away summer decorations and activities. This will free up space for you to think about your fall, winter and holiday decorating. It also gives you space for cleaning. Consider items that did not bring enjoyment to you over the summer. Then, drop these items off for donation if you feel they will serve another home better.

Kitchen
Pulling out summer entertaining and outdoor dishes will free up space in your cabinets and countertops. First, clear the pantry of the summer convenience foods. Second, before your next trip to the grocery store (or delivery), empty the refrigerator. Toss items that are expired. Wipe down all shelves and walls of the refrigerator. Lastly, inventory what you have and plan some meals around those items. Jot down some favorite fall meals to make your meal planning a bit easier.

Wardrobe
September might not be the month to do a complete wardrobe changeover, but take some time to pull out the summer clothes that you did not wear, did not like or no longer make you feel great. Box them up and drop them off at a local shelter or consignment shop (to recoup a little of your investment).

Yard
Start to plan what plants will need extra attention before the winter. Arrange for fall clean up if you plan to outsource this. Then recycle and donate toys and furniture you don’t want to see in your yard next summer.

Schedule
Getting into a new schedule can be challenging, especially when you are managing multiple schedules. Don’t expect perfection. A homemade dinner may not be reasonable on an evening full of meetings or activities. Allow for the unexpected and focus on the priorities. Then the rest will fall into place in the coming weeks.

Enjoy the cooler weather. Remember to take your organizing journey one step at a time. In addition, focus on what matters and what will have the biggest impact for you.

Intentional Organizing

Intentional Organizing

Early spring is the season of intentional giving and sacrifices as we approach Easter.  Getting organized around your home can help fulfill these seasonal traditions.  Here are some tips on intentional organizing:

Plan the amount you will give to a charity, organization or family in need.  Whether it is one item or one bag for forty days to charity, or an amount of money, set a goal.

Purge items by donating items to charity

Box for charity.

Reach deeper into your own resources by allowing yourself to let go of items that are holding you back.  This could be a sweater that was expensive, but no longer serves you.  Maybe you have piece of exercise equipment that is collecting dust in the basement waiting for that day you start an exercise program.  Items that are valuable, but no longer useful to you, are excellent ways to dig deep into giving.

Cleanse your pantry of food items that are indulgences or could be donated to a food pantry.

Pray that your household will best serve the needs of your family and nothing more.  Remove the items that don’t fit your needs.

An organizer can help you on your journey to getting organized and determining the best resources for you unneeded items.  Top Shelf Home Organizing helps people realize and reach their organizing goals.

Small Steps to Staying Organized

Small Steps to Staying Organized

Regular tidying and organizing can keep your home feeling peaceful and productive. Here are small stes to keep your home organized, and save you time and stress.

Store things in a place that makes sense. Drop your keys in a dish by the front door so you won’t waste time looking for them throughout the house. Put anything you need to take with you by the front door- outgoing mail, your briefcase or the library books that need to be returned. Store kids’ school gear near the door to avoid multiple last minute trips through the house to gather gear.

Straighten up as you go. Pick up the newspaper and put in the recycle bin instead of leaving it on the coffee table. Fill the dishwasher after every meal instead of once a day. Put your groceries away rather than leave them on the kitchen table. This makes the kitchen an appealing place to enjoy a meal instead of a constant reminder of chores that need to be done.

Finish one project before starting another.  Having too many projects going on at one time is overwhelming.

Tidy your bathroom. Wipe up the sink and vanity top after you shave or wash your face and put your toiletries away. Doing these small things as you go keeps the bathroom cleaner.

Organize your closets. If your closet is filled to capacity, you can’t see what you have.  Keep shoes in boxes or shoe racks. Donate any garments that no longer fit or if you haven’t worn them in the past season. Donate items you don’t need or love; someone will be grateful to take them.

Closet organized by clothing category for simplified mornings.

Closet organized by clothing category for simplified mornings.

File your important documents and papers in a safe place. Birth certificates, passports, marriage license, divorce papers, the deed to your house and the title to your car should be filed in a fireproof lockbox or in a safe deposit box at a bank.  Back up important financial information that is on your home computer.

Taking small steps every day to keep organized will help keep your home clutter free and peaceful.  Organizing is a process, not a destination. Top Shelf Home Organizing can help you on your journey.

Give Yourself Grace

Give Yourself Grace

Are you where you thought you’d be when you grew up?  Have your career and life goals changed?  Are you struggling to keep up with your should do list?  Do you want to simplify your home and routine?

Owning a large home in the suburbs with auto loans, mortgage payments that consume the family budget and a career the sucks the energy right out of you might not be where you dreamed you would be.

Give yourself some grace.  Change takes time.   Get on track in your own way and time.

Pick a priority.

Set a goal.

Start small and enjoy the results.

Clear out a drawer.  Remove less-than-useful social media newsfeed and email.  Rethink a toxic relationship

You can’t get it all done today, tonight, this week or this month.   Remember your goals and dreams.  Get rid of the clutter that stands in the way.  Invite someone who will support you along the way.

Remember your why.  Get back to what you love.