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Organizing Fall Fling Day 22: Wrapping Paper

Organizing Fall Fling Day 22: Wrapping Paper

Gather all of your wrapping supplies into one place and take stock of what you have. Pull out anything that is dated, faded or wrinkled and recycle it. Do you have lots of wrapping paper but only use gift bags? Consider donating those rolls. Cull down to a reasonable about of supplies that will fit in an under the bed box, a drawer or a shelf.

 

Organizing Fall Fling: Day 19 - Medications

Organizing Fall Fling: Day 19 - Medications

Medicine can make you better but it can also make you sick. Pull all of your medicine out of your medicine cabinet and start checking expiration dates. Get rid of anything that is out of date. Here are some guidelines for safe drug disposal from the FDA.

If you need to toss something you like to have on hand, such as aspirin or antacids, start a shopping list so you remember what you need to buy. As you place your keepers back in the cabinet, group like items together (stomach items, pain relievers, etc) for easier time finding what you need when you need it.

 

Organizing Fall Fling: Day 18 - Fall Decorations

Organizing Fall Fling: Day 18 - Fall Decorations

I love to see all of Fall decorations this time of year. If you love to decorate for Fall and Halloween, now is a great time to pare down your decorations.

An easy way to do this is to do your decorating and then see what you left. If items are broken, discolored, outdated or you just don’t love, let them go. Just keep the things that you adore and that make you happy!  By the way, this is a good process to go through at every holiday.

 

Fall Fling Day 16: Glove Compartment

Fall Fling Day 16: Glove Compartment

Grab a trash bag and head out to your car. Pull everything out of the glove compartment or, in my case, your console. Empty out the trash, get rid of the 100 extra pens and napkins and only put back the things you really need.

 

You spend so much time in your car, make it a great place to be.

 

Organizing Fall Fling: The Purse

Organizing Fall Fling: The Purse

Ladies, it's time to tackle your purse. I know it may seem like a black hole but you can do it.

 

Go ahead and take everything out of your purse. Then take your purse to the trash can and shake out all the crumbs (Why does it look like I had a 4-course meal in my purse?) and other small trash particles. You can even clean the inside and outside with a wipe depending on the material. Toss the crumpled McDonalds receipts and shredded tissues.

 

Give your child back his hot wheels car and her hair bows. Make sure you still use any makeup you keep here.  Take time to go through your wallet too. Let's make it a fresh start.

 

Use your critical eye to what goes back into your purse. Heavy purses can cause back and neck issues (trust me, I know!) so keep it as minimal as you can. You can even get a purse organizer (like these) to keep things in order.

 

A man's home may be his castle but a women's purse is her lifeline so treat it with care!

 

Organizing Fall Fling Day 13: Food Storage Containers

Organizing Fall Fling Day 13: Food Storage Containers

Gather all of your plastic storage containers into one place. Start matching lids and bottoms. Put the lonely lids and bottoms with no mates out of their misery and recycle them.

Now toss the ones that have been used to microwave pasta sauce one to many times or that smell funny. Thoughtfully evaluate the number of containers you have and their sizes. Do they fit your everyday needs?

Do they stack or nest nicely together? If the answer is no, it may be time to say goodbye. It also may be time to buy new containers that stack better.  Now pick a designated spot in the kitchen for the containers to live.

If they outgrow this spot, it's time to purge again.  One last thought, you may only need 5-6 containers on a weekly basis but on special occasions like the holidays you may need a lot more for all those leftovers.

Consider moving some of your containers to a high, out-of-the-way shelf in your kitchen or pantry. Then you can get then down when you need them and not have about a plastic landslide every day.

 

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

The time is near for picking out pumpkins and decorating for autumn!

Where to Go for Pumpkin Patches:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October. Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Open October 12-November 23
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. 
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Crooked Pines in Eatonton: Pumpkin Festival October 5, 6