Do you sometimes wonder how to get organized in your home and yard? First of all, where do I start, right? Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out where to start the organizing. Should I start with my bedroom, the living room, the den, the kitchen or garage? Don’t forget the yard this time of year will need some special attention as the leaves change color and the garden needs to be cleaned out.
We need our gardens to be ready for planting again when the time is right next spring.
Get Organized In Your Home
- start with the master bedroom, do you need a sanctuary like me?
- tackle one bedroom/closet a week
- clean the kitchen when you have the energy-I love doing kitchens-turn on your favorite music
- organize the washroom/laundry room, dispose properly of all items that you will never use
- hall closet, this one I need a timer for….30 minutes maximum on this one!
- set a date to unsubscribe to those emails that tempt us to buy things we do not need
- set another day aside to stop the junk mail and save some trees via email, call to cancel or send a letter-just do it
- stop magazines or newspapers you really have zero time to read or have zero interest in reading any more
- get a good flashlight, it’s the prepper in me, this one requires zero batteries: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel
- wash the windows inside and out, I love sparkly clean windows
- clean the blinds or shutters
- shampoo your carpets or rugs
- go through your first aid kit and toss out the old and replenish, here’s my First Aid Kit List
- go through your clothes closet and donate to your local thrift store, because I guarantee someone would wear that shirt or blouse that has been hanging in your closet for 5 years unworn. Please donate…..
- if you have curtains, wash them to freshen them up, dry clean if applicable
- sell any unwanted furniture or donate your excess to your local thrift store
- store water and add to your food storage, we need to take care of ourselves after a disaster, make room for your 72-hour kits/water
- download my FREE emergency binder contents on the right side of my home page of my blog
Get Organized In Your Yard
- wash and dry yard tools as needed to keep them from rusting
- get the lawnmower blades sharpened, better yet, get a second set
- rake the leaves and use as mulch, if possible
- buy garden gloves on clearance this year for use NEXT year
- till the garden, or, in my case turn over the soil in garden boxes and pots
- trim the bushes and trees that need to be cleaned up
- remove the debris from cleaning the bushes and trees
- fertilize the lawn for winter
- water the trees deeply (I do this once a month in the winter, twice a month in the hot summer)
- clean the barbecue and make sure you have propane tanks that are filled
- obtain a rain barrel, if your state permits it
- clean your wind chimes and put them away for the winter
- repair, maintain or replace all yard care items/tools that no longer work
- clean out that third golf club bag-this one is for my husband, you only need one, maybe two if others need a loaner set
- sell the items in the garage you have not used for 5 years or longer and will probably never use again
- clean out the dead non-producing vegetables or fruits
- cut the bushes in your yard so that neighbors can safely walk by them if they are hanging over the sidewalk
- plant tulips or daffodil bulbs, I had to throw that one in, I just bought a bag of 36 daffodil bulbs
- remove all weeds and small trash from your yard….your neighbors will love it
- replace or repair damaged hoses and hose washers
- wash down the lawn furniture and cover for winter, this is what I use: Karcher K 2.300 1600PSI 1.25GPM Electric Pressure Washer, Yellow
Please tell me your favorites that I can add to these lists, let’s be organized in our homes and yards. We can do it, a little at a time!