Preparing for Fall

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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…
  8. “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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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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  1. Over the weekend we put up a few decorations. My one year old loved this! I also purged some clothes of mine. Need to be more diligent on the baby’s though!! Today started writing Christmas presents down and planned what else to buy this year’s receipents. I love this time of year!!

  2. I must be living under a rock. Government regulations on garage sales??? Please fill me in!

    • @Audra, Here’s a quote from an email that my husband sent me on the subject:

      “It is scary to think that there could be such hefty fines imposed on
      unsuspecting households,” another garage sale organizer, Patti Lombardi,
      told “I think I speak for many people when I say that the
      government spends too much time interfering in the individual citizen’s
      personal life and this is almost bordering on the ridiculous … what if it
      opens up a Pandora’s box of litigation brought by the purchasers of items at
      garage sales?”
      The “Resale Roundup” can be found here:
      I guess I’m just scared I’d miss something and get fined!

  3. That’s a great fall to do list. I have these items on my list too and I am working my way through it:-)

  4. I was just thinking today, I MUST find my Fall Wreath for the front door. I think it was put in storage, last year when we were trying to sell the house. HUMMMMM…. really need to get that up!

  5. The law you mentioned only applies to those selling NEW products. Here is a quote from a January 2009 press release clarifying the regulations. Hope this helps you feel better about your garage sale! : )

    “Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.”

  6. So glad I’m not the only one with Christmas shopping on the brain. I SO want to be all finished and ready with gifts by the end of October. Maybe? Hopefully.

  7. My list looks the same as your EXCEPT I don’t have a thing done yet and I’m usually much farther along by now. I need to get my bum in gear and start ticking off my to-do list. I really want to get a jump on Christmas. We’ve decided to do 3 gifts per child this year, so it should be a little less stressful — I hope. My first order of business, though, is to can 1 1/2 bushels of freshly picked Michigan apples into sauce — yum!!!!

  8. That’s a great list! I can’t find where you linked up though. Maybe I’m just missing it.

  9. Oh I love this time of year!! And I love your list! I’m off to check out Plan B & The Management System now!

  10. Am I terrible if I’m still waiting for summer to start? I don’t have the heart to get the fall door deco out yet. Maybe a few brisk, windy days, and I’ll be ready. Tomorrow is supposed to be 81, and we saw that temp about 3x the whole summer…

  11. I just went downstairs this evening to pull out clothes for Baby Micah to wear w/ this brisk weather we are having. I’ll eventually have to work my way through all the tubs…but not tonight.

  12. So can I just copy your list and make it mine? Except I am done with tomatoes and am canning apples and pears instead.

  13. I love the decorations sounds like you will be busy for a bit on the house we too live in an older style house that we need to fix up all the time

  14. I am working on Christmas shopping, too, which makes purging with a vengeance even more important!

  15. Purging junk for goodwill is on my list too–sadly, I just went a few days ago and bought a bunch of stuff….now I REALLY need to fill up some boxes to take back!

  16. I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates washing windows! When my mom comes to visit twice a year she sees how grubby they are and usually volunteers to do it for me.

    It’s still super HOT here in South Florida, and I’ll be glad for cooler weather so I can use the oven again and make your Lentil Casserole. I’ve been craving it!

  17. Thanks for the good ideas. I like that binder one. Have a blessed Tuesday!

  18. Lots of stuff on your list, I have to do on mine. I’m so behind on the kids clothes stuff that it is all sitting in boxes from when I stocked their closet with summer stuff. I need to decide what I’m keeping from my oldest to pass down to my youngest and what each of them can wear again. The rest I need to figure out what I am going to do with. I was thinking of having a yard sale, but not sure yet.

  19. GREAT list! Painting…ugh…yeah. We’ll be doing that here next week. I love your little pumpkins in the second picture….so cute!

  20. I have just started with fall decorations.. I have my wreath done!!
    My Christmas list is coming along too.

    By the way, I am really loving your website!

  21. I love fall. OMG I must get out my fall stuff this weekend, eeeeee I’m so excited, it’s fall!! 🙂

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