From Overwhelmed to Organized: Lighten Your Life as Days Grow Shorter

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As Fall approaches, you may be readjusting from the laid-back days of Summer to the hustle and bustle of back-to-school time. Your focus might include getting new backpacks and school supplies for a fresh start on the season.

Your family likely will be spending more time indoors as the weather cools and the days grow shorter. As a result, you should consider cleaning the excess items from your home to transition from overwhelmed to organized. We find that when you feel in control and organized at home, we can stay more focused at work!

Choose among these methods to organize your home so you can enjoy your time inside.

Develop a Task Checklist and Schedule

Create goals and a game plan to organize your home:

  • Write a checklist of the tasks you want to be completed.
  • Include a deadline for each task.
  • Assign a family member to complete each task.
  • Have the individual check off the task after completion.
  • Seeing the tasks checked off provides motivation to continue.

Clean Out Junk Drawers

Dump the contents of drunk drawers onto a table:

  • Place a recycling bin and garbage can nearby.
  • Add dividers to the drawer if needed.
  • Put each item in the appropriate space.

Edit Your Wardrobes

Remove the items of clothing your family members no longer wear:

  • Keep the pieces that spark joy.
  • Donate clothing that has not been worn in years.
  • Free up space for back-to-school wardrobes.

Organize Clothes by Season

Keep seasonally appropriate clothing together in your closets and storage areas:

  • Grouping your clothing options according to the season makes getting dressed easier.
  • Having fewer items to choose from saves time.
  • Your spring and summer attire could be hung in a guest bedroom closet or stored in labeled bins.
  • Exchange lighter linens in the closet for heavier bedding and blankets.

Assign Chores

Delegate household tasks to each family member:

  • Everyone who is old enough needs to keep the home organized.
  • Maintaining organization helps locate items when needed.
  • Responsibility and accountability are essential to keep your home functioning.
  • Having family members contribute reduces the likelihood of parental burnout.

Maintain Safety

Proactively prepare for the unexpected:

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector.
  • Ensure you have an unexpired, working fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Test your flashlights to see if they need new batteries.
  • Know where to locate your candles and matches.

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