Fall isn’t the typical time to declutter. We tend to think of that in connection with Spring Cleaning. But I find it helpful to do a little decluterring around this time of year. Summer days find us heading outside to play in parks or go on walks. It’s easy to let things accumulate around the house.
With fall now here, we will be spending most of our time in the home. That leaves me with the itch to clean things up a bit. Before I can think about getting out fall decor, I need to eliminate a few things.
I’m not planning on going through the entire house. I will just be working on a few areas and hope that by doing so I’ll eliminate some clutter!
Identify Important Areas
I am going to be focusing on just a few spots in my home. I chose these areas either because they are bothering me, or because I know these are areas that will get a lot of use in the next few months.
- Kitchen: In the summer I tend to avoid the oven as much as possible. But in fall and winter I bake a lot. I like baking with the kids and we do lots of fun things, from decorating cookies, to making yummy soups, to gingerbread houses. Nothing keeps me from wanting to bake with the kids more than a cluttered kitchen. With that in mind, I am going to do some work in there to make sure it is clutter-free and ready for some fun baking. I know there is some more simplifying that I can do.
- Hutch: This is right next to my kitchen and stores a lot of my excess kitchen stuff. It is convenient since I have a small kitchen and no pantry, but it also means that it is an easy excuse to not declutter things that really should be gone. I am converting the bottom of the hutch to a place for school supplies. As we begin to accumulate more and more school things for Stefan I need a place for them. Everything that is currently in there needs to find a different place in our home, or find a new home altogether. I need to have our art and school supplies organized and easily accessible to make creative and learning time stress-free.
- Linen Closet: Okay, I clearly need to find a better system. It currently looks like something has exploded in there and it is driving me crazy!
- Closets: This is really no big deal. I have already done mine, and will do the kids shortly. I do find it helpful to do a quick purge every time the seasons change. What I wore this summer is very fresh on my mind, so it is a good time to send some things to goodwill that never got worn over the summer. Obviously I either don’t need them or like them anymore. I follow my tips for purging the closet, and since I do it a couple of times a year it is really a quick process.
Devote 30 Minutes a Day
I can’t afford for this decluttering process to stop my life right now. But I do know that if I get these areas cleared out, it will make life much easier. I am planning on devoting 30 minutes a day. I should be done by the end of the week as long as I focus and work hard during those 30 minutes.
I am looking forward to some great baking moments with the kids. My cleared out kitchen will make it much more enjoyable. I am also looking forward to more learning moments with the kids, and a good area to store and organize our supplies is crucial. The closets? They’re just to keep my sanity! I don’t want clutter to rob me of teaching or memory making moments with my family.
Do you find you need to do some decluttering in the fall, or is once a year enough for you?