Fall is all about a fresh start and adding energy to your life by organizing a new aspect or two of your life. Fall is when you set up a new schedule, look ahead to the holidays, and have this in between time for a quick pickup to get your life in order.
I pick a new organizing aspect myself for self-improvement and to create a new perk each fall. Pick one or two and get your momentum going with these 10 Fall Organizing tips!
1.Get Your Best Weekly Rhythm Going
After summer vacation fall is the time to settle into a new schedule. Go through your calendar for the month ahead and make sure 50% of it includes things you enjoy, 30 % of what you “have to do” (like work or appointments), and 20% free choice. Free choice includes your evenings and weekends. I personally plan all my Saturdays to do a morning home project and fun the rest of the weekend.
2.Go through Your Closet
What you see in your closet often indicates how your day will go. Wash and put away your summer clothes and pull out your favorite cool weather clothes. Fall Organizing of your closet will do wonders for your morale. 3 Steps to Organize Your Closet
3.Corral the Clutter before it Grows!
Nothing makes you feel better than decluttering visible surfaces and piles followed up by organizing your winter coat closet. An organized home makes the mornings go better and you’re out the door on time with everything you need. Pick your clutter spots, snap a pictures, and tackle it head on asap!
4.Spruce Up the Outside for Neighborly Halloween Visits
Your neighbors will likely be coming to your front door for Halloween Trick or Treat with their kids, so put your best foot forward. Sprucing up the outside takes up my Saturday morning focus in October and then it’s done for the winter. Check outside for what you need to do to winterize your landscaping like fertilizing the lawn, cleaning out flower beds, or putting a fresh wreath on the front door. Company will be coming!
5.Declutter the Kitchen for More Cooking
With the cooler nights, it’s a good time to cook more and stay inside. Take this time to go through a cabinet or shelf a day and donate whatever small appliances, food, or clutter you’re not using. Someone else can use it and you’ll be getting your kitchen streamlined for Holiday cooking. The 15-Minute Kitchen Cleanup
6.Get Next Year’s Calendars
This is the best time to get next year’s monthly calendars before they go out of stock. Even with our digital calendars, it’s nice to keep one visible in your kitchen or home office just to glance up at. Paper calendars give you perspective while a digital calendar keep you on track. My Recommended Planners
7.Work on a Self-Improvement Habit
If you’re going to stay young, be a growing person. Choose a habit to improve – like getting to sleep earlier, joining an exercise program, or taking a new course. I’ve developed 10 Home Organizing and Worklife Success courses and I always encourage my community to grow their personal skill set by taking these. Here are my Online Courses I Recommend.
8.Turn Your Bedroom into a Clutterfree Retreat
Cleanup your nightstand book clutter, shopping trip bags , and any piles you never put away. When you clear bedroom dresser surfaces and clean the floor to the bedroom corners with a good vacuum, you will rest relaxed. A good book for bedtime reading will calm you mentally so you can sleep well, too!
9.Use the Evenings to Hibernate
Use the winter hibernation feeling to stay home and do some things you normally don’t do. Personally I’m sorting Memorabilia bins of inherited family items, taking a self-improvement Bone Coach program, and ending the day relaxing by reading a great biography of football Coach Tony Dungy, Quiet Strength. It feels good to do non-urgent items and see the results. Disorganization like Memory bins left to themselves stagnates into accumulated clutter to deal with down the road. Better to do it now than later.
10.Anticipate & Prepare for the Holiday Season
Since you know the busiest season of the year will begin November 1, do your household Fall Organizing to get ready. That includes catching up on paperwork and financials, organizing your home, and including personal time to do your favorite outdoor activity and self-care getting enough sleep. We all know there’s a busy season ahead.
“Anything you organize will pay you back 10x in time saved the next time you need to do the same task.”
Do Your Best and Release the Rest!
Yes, just do your best and release the rest! Most successful people have a lot to do, but also have the knack of closing the loop and getting things done. Starting and finishing a task you’ve been procrastinating on is the important goal. It boosts your energy, gives you confidence, and finally that dreaded task is done!