Now is the time of the year where we settle back into our crazy schedules. Although I don’t have kids and am not in school, I always love the beginning of the school year because it’s a time for me to refocus and set some goals for the remainder of the year which holds so many fun things like college football, crisp fall evenings, Thanksgiving, the first snow of the year and of course, Christmas.
To me, the end of summer means it’s time to reorganize the house a bit. We love camping so during the summer we try to keep all our camping stuff semi-accessible. That way, if we decide to head up the canyon one night to roast marshmallows or whatever, we can get everything we need without scouring the entire house. In the fall, I like to go through all our camping stuff, clean whatever needs cleaned, make a list of things that need to be replaced before the next year’s adventures and find a more permanent place for everything. If you're like me, the garage always need to be reorganized at the end of the summer.
I also like to go through all my warm weather clothes and get rid of anything that’s got any type of wear and tear on it. The new styles will be out in the spring, so there’s no sense in keeping clothing that’s no longer functional through the winter just to get rid of it when it warms up again. Although it’s still a little early, I will eventually either pack up my summer clothes in large bins or tuck them away at the back of my closet. (Tip: If you back your clothes in bins, put a dryer sheet in every few layers of clothes. This will keep your clothes smelling fresh all winter.)
Finally, I like to start looking ahead and planning for the next few months. I will start keeping my eyes out for Christmas presents and good sales. I will also start saving for holiday traveling. I am convinced that the greatest feeling in the world is to be completely done with holiday preparations before everyone else even starts… having all the ingredients you need to make your grandma’s famous pumpkin pie a week before the grocery stores get crazy, being done with all your Christmas shopping at the beginning of December so you can enjoy the season. There’s absolutely nothing better!
So, although you maybe a considered a “grown up”, I encourage you to take hold of this change of season and make changes to your life – whether they be organizational, financial or spiritual. Take time to prepare yourself for this new school year in the great school of life.