The back-to-school season typically signifies the end of summer and the start of autumn, even if you don’t have school-aged children. It often marks the shift from carefree days to more structured routines. Moving from summer to fall is a significant seasonal transition.
One of the most effective ways to ease the transition between seasons is through decluttering and organization.
Making decluttering a fall tradition not only assists in establishing an orderly and welcoming living environment but also has a positive influence on your mental and emotional state. It’s a means of embracing the new season with a revitalized outlook and renewed energy.
Here are some simple Fall Decluttering Tips
Delete unused apps, organize your digital files, and clean up your email inbox.
—Create a central/family email.
- Almost all communication from school is digital. Having multiple email accounts attached for notifications is a recipe for reminders and appointments getting lost. A family email account will allow everyone to be able to access emails and the calendar. Invites can be sent out to individual accounts from the family one. This account should only be used for important family communication not for personal emails or advertisements.
Edit Your Wardrobe
Give your closet a refresh by purging those summer clothes and making space for your fall favorites. Pack away (or move to another area of the closet) summer clothing, shoes, and accessories that won’t be needed during the fall. Take this opportunity to assess which items you actually wore during the summer and consider donating or discarding those you didn’t.
Tackle the pantry & fridge.
Remove old food items and tidy your shelves. This will make lunch packing a breeze. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Dispose of expired items and donate non-perishables you won’t use. Consider organizing your pantry for fall staples and holiday cooking supplies.
Organize your Entryway
Return anything that doesn’t belong in this area to its home (shoes, mail, random paperwork, etc.). Add a tray or basket to a console table or cabinet countertop for grab and go items like keys, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, and masks. This way you always know where they are even when you’re in a rush to get out the door. Just be sure to get into the habit of always putting them back when you walk in the door so that this quickly becomes their permanent home.