Fall Organization Tips
Forget spring cleaning! This time of year is all about getting yourself organized for the holiday season – it’s time for fall organization!
I’m sure you’ve seen The Home Edit on Netflix and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been inspired AND overwhelmed with possibilities. My husband has been busy “harvesting” dry goods for over the winter (you never know when we might be cooped up again), and we have been overloaded with items around the house. Here are a few simple steps to get organized for fall before the winter doldrums set in.
Pretty your pantry
I have definitely stocked up on LOTS of pantry staples since March. I have a bit more rice and pasta than usual, and my canned goods are overflowing!
- BPA free Containers and Mason Jars are your friends. Switch out open boxes with containers that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but keep food fresher, longer. I love these from IKEA 365. And, check out the selection of Jar Jackets for your mason jar favorites.
- Clear, tiered shelving like this will not only allow you to see how many cans of beans and diced tomatoes you have, but it also helps prevent cans from falling on small toes (or big ones – OUCH!)
- Label EVERYTHING – this will be a theme. Especially flour, baking soda/power, spices.
The Container Store has a great pantry starter kit if you are feeling overwhelmed, and with curbside pick-up at the King of Prussia location, it’s even easier to get that project finished this weekend!
Create a Command Center
Even if you don’t have a mudroom, a command center is a great place for the kids to keep organized.
- A whiteboard/chalkboard like this one that highlights the weeks events and activities will keep the whole family visualized and on-track.
- Command hooks or more permanent wall hooks keep bookbags/jackets off the floor. I love these industrial-inspired ones from West Elm.
- Personalized cubbies that kids can keep hats, gloves, and shoes out of sight, but not out of mind. Add some baskets like these and it’s not only functional, but beautiful.
Clean out the Linen Closets
If you’re anything like me, I have my favorite towels and sheets. The rest stay lonely in the linen closet, and everything ends up as a disorganized pile! So, no more. Ditch the mess!
- Pull everything out. Like everything. If you haven’t used it in 6 months, either donate, cut up for rags, or throw away. You will be amazed at how much space you reclaim this way.
- Baskets, baskets, baskets. Like this for toiletries, personal care items, and shower supplies. With 4 girls in our house, we have more raspberry scented bath products than I can shake a stick at. Putting them in a basket frees up so much space.
- Roll your towels! This easy hack allows more towels to be stacked in place AND you can see what you have left. I like to put them above the baskets.
- Consider adding a separate laundry bin at the bottom of the closet JUST for towels. Eliminates the teenage ailment of towels on the floor.
- Bathroom drawers are notoriously cluttered. Try clear organizers like these from The Container Store to keep your brushes, lotions, and makeup separate.
Donate things your family no longer uses
Remember, there are plenty of organizations this fall that are looking for donations. If you have items that have outgrown your use, it doesn’t mean that they’ve outgrown use. GreenDrop and the Keystone Area Goodwill Stores are great local options to consider.
Still looking for more things to do this weekend? Check out our local events page to find some great events in and around Chester County (once you’re done with that pantry), and order some great take-out too. You deserve it after all of your hard work!
After all of this organization, if you still find yourself needing more space, let’s talk about your home needs. I’d be happy to help!