Fall Home Organization Tips
Updated: Sep 17, 2020
Fall is a great time to get the house organized and ready for the upcoming holiday season! Here are some simple tips to help get started:
Create an organizational checklist
This will encompass everything that you intend to tackle! Remember to be realistic with this list, don’t add 15 areas of organization to be done in just one weekend. It will be discouraging if you barely make it through a couple of small projects, so try to keep your goals attainable.
We’ve put together a simple preliminary list to consider while narrowing down your areas of focus, feel free to add specific areas of your home that you feel need a little attention. Fall is a great time to organize and clean before the hustle and bustle of the holidays is among us. These simple tasks are a great first step to help alleviate worries about holiday entertaining in the next couple months (hopefully this year, with Covid still a factor).
Start the day with making your bed! (yes…everyday)
This is a controversial topic for many, stating that they don’t have the time, or that they’re going to just sleep in it again that night. Something as simple as taking 1-2 minutes to make your bed can set the tone for the day, and keep your bedroom looking tidy and fresh! There is a psychology behind this - that you accomplish your first task for the day. Navy Admiral Seal Sean William H. McCraven is quoted “It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Wardrobe edit and swap
We swear by seasonally changing out our wardrobes, fall and spring are fantastic times to do this! This is usually a scary looking dump of clothes on the bed to be folded and placed into bins for the following season. Make sure you have enough hangers for any extra winter pieces that need to be hung (including jackets).
As you swap out your sleeveless dresses for comfy sweaters, consider items that you may not have worn in a few years. If you feel there are items that are no longer of use to you, donating is always a fantastic idea. Always keep in mind shoes and accessories as well, now is a great time to see if there is anything that no longer serves you.
Another touchpoint for the wardrobe swap would be your front door closet. Make sure all of your winter jackets are available and easy to access and store any light summer items away. Organization bins for the top or bottom of the closet can be a great way to hold gloves, scarves and hats.
Kids closets and toys
Just like your own, its good to do a quick scan of kids closets and drawers to make sure there are seasonally appropriate items easily accessible. This also allows you the opportunity to find anything that they may have grown out of, and either store it away (for another child or family member) or to donate as well!
The dreaded toy edit is likely a more time-consuming project. You can have your child(ren) help you to go through their current toys to see what they still enjoy playing with, and what they’re willing to maybe part with. Donations are another great option for toys, especially leading up to the holidays.
Declutter and organize cabinets
This is a big category because this encompasses not only eatware and drinkware, but food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and linens. Focus on one cupboard at a time, create sections for each type of item and don’t forget to check expiration dates on food items. For bathroom cupboards, sift through any old items or creams that you no longer use, and properly discard any old medications. Plastic bins are fantastic for organizing cupboards and gives you tidy and clean access to items.
As the seasons change, some prefer to change bed linens and blankets as well. Vacuum seal bags are a great way to store linens and bulky blankets, and take up much less space in a linen closet.
With more and more people working from home at this time, our home offices (or dining room tables in some cases) are becoming increasingly unmanageable. Filing loose papers and bills in a portable filing folder helps clear up desks and allows you to locate these items at a later date if needed, such as tax season. If you have the ability and time to scan these documents, you can even save them digitally. Organizing office supplies is another major focus, use desk drawers, filing cabinets or even desktop storage to help keep all your items neat and tidy.
I think everyone has the random drawer where odds and ends always seem to end up! A good way to organize this drawer is to take everything out and sort it into piles. See if there are items that ended up in there that may have a spot somewhere else in your house, or some things that might just be straight up garbage! This drawer may always be a catch-all but adding a drawer divider might give you the opportunity to keep even your random items organized.
We hope these tips have helped you with your fall organization plans! If you have any ideas for future blog topics, leave us a message below!
-Kristina & Rey