With the changing of the seasons and the feeling of crisp, cool mornings in the air, we’ll be spending less time outside in the cold and more time confined within our homes. For many of us, this is the time of year when we feel in the mood to get organized and get our home in shape for the long winter ahead.
Because we love to hibernate a bit more when the temperatures drop, there’s no better way to feel comfy and cozy than to cocoon within a clutter free home. Winter is coming, and with it your home should be your sanctuary – your cocoon – from the outside world.
Fall might not be over yet, but now is the perfect time to get going on your seasonal de-cluttering tasks. Weather can change quickly, and the last thing you want is to be caught unprepared.
But where do you begin? Fortunately, there are lots of great ways to tackle those tasks you’ve been avoiding all summer long.
Turn your home into a lifestyle trend with a few simple tips:
- One of the most common challenges standing between you and an organized home is the ability to create and establish a routine. Think about your daily routine and then plan out ways to maximize your time and accomplish your tasks efficiently. Designate a “morning launch pad” zone where you put backpacks, keys, cell phones and anything else you need before leaving the house. It can be a decorative basket or a few canvas bins placed by the exit way. Putting simple systems into place minimizes the time and effort spent clearing clutter and running around the house trying to find misplaced objects.
- With any organization process, the key to clearing away the clutter is to put away everything you have been using all summer long and bringing out all the things you’ll be using during the winter. Cozy warm blankets, down comforters, cuddly sweaters, clothing and outer wear.
- For the jackets, coats, scarves and gloves that pile up this time of year, establish a designated “home” for these things in cubbies placed on the top shelf in the entry way closet and by installing double ceiling hooks underneath the shelf to handle the overload of outerwear. Hooks are a convenient and easy way to organize clutter in entryways and closets and can also be installed inside cabinet doors to create more storage space in a mudroom.
- Stay organized in less time with a storage locker. Strategically placed storage lockers can serve as catchalls for you and your kids’ mountains of stuff; boots, shoes, sports equipment, and more.
- When the cooler weather hits, fill a basket with comfortable slippers and soft, heavy socks as a warm welcome home and as an incentive to remove wet boots. Reward them for removing their shoes at the door and putting them away!
And now that you’re going to be spending much more time inside, creating a cozy, comfortable cocoon is all the reason to enjoy it that much more.