I think I feel about fall preparations the way some people feel about spring cleaning. In the spring, I’m ready to get outside and avoid all my indoor chores. But in the fall… we’re going to be spending lots of quality time together inside the walls of this home real soon, so I might as well make it a cozy, fun place to be!
Here are the Top 10 items on my Fall To-Do list:
- Set up a few fall decorations. DONE! I don’t have many, but the kids get so excited to see new things sitting around the house.
- Complete and implement my Home Management Binder. I’m getting there. Need to add a daily routines page and a list of family birthdays and anniversaries and a list of what Christmas presents I’ve already bought for whom and… ok, maybe I’m not-so-much there, yet!
- Fill the freezer with Plan B meals. Officially starting this on Thursday when I make cavatini. Hopefully I can make one or two meals a week that are easily doubled and frozen. A full freezer is a must during our busy school year, and makes it easy to bless others with food when they are in need.
- Complete this year’s home improvement projects. With a home built in 1916, there’s always something to do! We try to pick a couple of things each summer that will fit in our budget. And then sometimes we run out of summer! Yesterday we finished painting the front porch. Still need to paint the foundation all the way around the house and finish the back porch.
- Wash all windows. I’m not exactly sure why I put this off like I do. Perhaps because I know that they will be smudged 2.7 seconds after I’m finished?! Those are 2.7 beautiful seconds, though!
- Freeze or can garden produce. Today I plan to chop and flash freeze about a dozen large green peppers. I also still have tomatoes and zucchini to take care of. I’ve already frozen 44 cups of shredded zucchini and several quart bags of cherry tomatoes.
- Switch out kids’ clothes, take inventory. We are well blessed with hand-me-downs for our girls. I purged two large buckets full a few weeks ago of items that we don’t need. My boy? He’s grown a bit since last winter…
- “Spring” clean all rooms – PURGE with a vengeance. It’s much easier for me to do this in the fall as we prepare for Christmas. When the kids are reluctant to get rid of things, we use that opportunity to remember how blessed we are and how other kids could really use the things they no longer need/play with.
- Haul boxes off to the second hand store or Goodwill. I’m getting nervous about hosting a garage sale with all the new government regulations. Anyone else?
- Inventory our Gift Room. Before I do any Christmas shopping, I need to shop in my own basement. All throughout the year I find clearance items and stick them in the gift room. What fun to go through and assign gifts to people — and even more fun to spend very little money on gifts at Christmastime!
What fall preparations are made in your home?
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