**This post is the last in a series where I focus on “detoxing” our hair, skin (face and body), wardrobe, and home as a final step in closing out summertime. In each post, I shared some of my favorite tools, products or advice on whichever subject is the focus that day. Check out all the posts in my series and share any helpful tips or suggestions in the comments for others to benefit from as well!**
Recently I’ve been fully focused on redecorating my office (more to come on the blog soon), as I’ve shared on Instagram, but in the process I’ve been thinking about ways to clear out other parts of my house. I’ll be pulling some furniture from other parts of the house, so there will be a bit of shifting around. We are acquiring my parent’s piano since they sold their home and I’m happy to have that in the house! I haven’t played since I quit in about 5th grade, but I hope to give the kids lessons or perhaps practice again myself.
In terms of thinking about detoxing the house post-summer, Nicole had some great ideas.
She suggested “quieting” the house before putting up fall decor, and frankly September is the perfect month for that. When September hits, I start to crave fall but it’s still in the 90’s for most of the month so it just doesn’t feel right-and I mean that literally. It doesn’t feel right/good to cover up with a blanket in September-it’s too hot!
So “quieting” the house, removing all the knick-knacks and simplifying your decor or cleaning up from the summer without adding anything new, is the perfect way to create a fresh start for the fall season.
Gather up any summertime scented candles to store away, pack up beach or pool supplies (make sure everything is dry!) and store in a air-tight container for the fall and winter. Take a good, hard look at your rugs and doormats, do they need to be replaced? Just washed? We practically live outside all summer, so my floor mats take a pretty good beating. I wash my bathroom mats regularly, but I admit my kitchen and door mats get the shaft! I’ll be tossing those in the washing machine very soon!
I’ve always taken on the method of having a gathering area where I can group the items I’m going to donate or throw away. While it seems to create a mess in one spot, it allows you to see progress in each of the rooms you are working in. I’ll round up everything I’m taking out and place it on the kitchen table.
Rooms that you don’t use very much are often easier to purge than a bedroom, for example, so similarly to starting with a small sock drawer for cleaning out you closet, I would suggest starting with a small room first.
Take a hard look at your powder room, does it need to be freshened up? Or could you lose one of those throw pillows on the couch? Trying to look at a space with fresh eyes may help you see it in a different light.
Some of the hardest areas for me to keep organized are the kids playrooms, my bedroom and the kitchen. I mentioned this a bit in this post, but the sheer act of scaling the kitchen clutter down to almost nothing and then setting a real goal to keep it that way helped me a lot.
As far as kid’s clutter goes, I’m starting to get the boys included in donating toys. I ask them to go through some boxes and pick out some toys that they think other kids would like to play with. David is more willing to part with things than Luke is, and it’s sweet to see him decide what they would like! Trust me, I’ll sneak extra toys in the donation box behind their back, but I like trying to teach them this lesson from a very early age.
This is the last part of the summer detox series, and I think this may have the biggest impact on our day to day lives! I’m a firm believer that physical clutter/mess causes stress, so dealing with that and removing it as soon as possible will make you feel so much better!
Find a landing zone for any item you are removing from a room. Also, have a donation box READY for you to simply toss things into, and keep a couple garbage bags nearby for trash too.