Stress. Clutter. Mess.
Time for a new organizing post! It’s been WAYYYYY too LONG!
What can you do about it? How can you love your home again?
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I don’t know about you, but, I was cleaning around the house this weekend and I noticed just how much “Stuff” we have accumulated everywhere. It was just sitting around, in the way. One thing I can’t stand is a cluttered kitchen countertop. I don’t know why, but, I hate when a million things are on the countertops. I know, if you looked at them right now, you wouldn’t believe that it bothers me, but, it does. It bothers me, so much, that I put the toaster away, in the lazy suzan when it is not in use. I only have the Kitchen Aid mixer on the countertop because it’s so dang heavy. My hubs has both the Keurig and coffee maker out and it drives me bonkers. If I can put it away, it’s going to be put away. That was one of the selling points of the house to me- the kitchen and all of its cabinets for storing all of the kitchen stuff.
Anyway, now that I have gotten way off topic. The clutter- it drives me crazy. I love our house, I truly do. It’s a huge house but somehow we still have stuff sitting around that just doesn’t need to be sitting around any longer. I know everybody thinks Spring Cleaning is for clearing out the clutter, but, I love to do it during the fall. You can open the windows and let the cool air rush through the house as you get going through each room. I know in the fall, well all year really, we love to have a candle burning. It helps keep the fall spirit alive. I have some great decluttering tips for you that will help you decide if you should keep an item, toss it or donate it, in another post. Make sure to use those tips to help you as you go from room to room. Cleaning out things help with your visual appeal of the house.
When you’re working in the kitchen, clearing out everything, toss a pot on the stove. Get your Holiday Stovetop Potpourri going. If this is the first time you’ve heard of this, this helps your house smell like the holidays and gets the fall spirit running through you!
To make it, you’ll need :
- An Orange peel
- A couple of Cinnamon Sticks
- Some Clove
- Vanilla Bean
- Whole Nutmeg
What to do with all this :
- Start by getting a small saucepan and add about two cups of water.
- Add your ingredients and bring water to a boil. Reduce and let simmer.
- Every once in a while, you’ll need to add water as it boils off.
- Enjoy the aroma.
Something else that helps me fall in love with our house are yummy treats. Treats like pies, brownies, cookies, etc. They bring delicious scents to the house as well. That’s a win win! If you’re looking for a nice brownie recipe, you can check out my favorite brownie recipe. I’ve also compiled a post of delicious Halloween party recipes. These don’t just have to be for parties, you can make them all throughout the fall! They’ll have your house smelling yummy and your tastebuds very happy. I know my Hubs loves coming home to a house smelling like a fresh baked treat.
Going through and purging things feels awesome! Like I said earlier, I’ve shared a post on decluttering and questions you should ask yourself when you’re going through each room. It’s important to decide whether you should keep the item, sell the item or donate the item. You’ll feel great inside and be proud of yourself when you have a nice donation pile going on. You’ll feel even better when you can go through your “to sell” pile and make a few extra bucks off those items that you no longer need. Plus, you’ll be even happier to know that the items that you are keeping will be items that you are actually going to use and don’t mind having around. This is a thing that we have found to be even more necessary now that we have a little one in the house. I know people always say children are expensive, but, they need so much stuff (or you get excited to get them so much stuff). Either way, with kids, their is extra clutter to go through and purge. Last week, I found myself purging my little sisters room. I threw away toys that seemed to be useless. I threw so much trash out of her room, it was crazy. I found so many brand new crafty things that she had been giving for her birthday or last Christmas. I jokingly told my mom to wrap them up again for her this Christmas, she wouldn’t have a clue they came from her closet. But, I was almost more serious than joking. I was able to get two full trash bags out of her room and she still had toy clutter. But, knowing that we got that much junk OUT of her room, made me love her room a little more. I could se the floor again, I could see her room decorations and see all of the books she actually had. It was hard work, but, it was so, so worth it.
If you’re really feeling excited, you can try our Spring Cleaning Challenge (in the fall of course).
Don’t forget to put out your favorite fall decorations!
These are just a couple ways for you to get your house back this fall so you can remember why you love it again. We adore our house, but have noticed that if we don’t take the time to keep in clean and tidy and up to par, then we find ways to dislike it. That’s very easy for us to do when we have an almost one year old and all of our necessities and things around the house.
What are you doing to fall in love with your house this fall season? We’d love to hear about your ideas in the comments.