Transition Time: Flow Into Fall

As fall begins and daylight hours get shorter, so does your time for getting things done. Whether it’s the frantic rush of back to school or revamping your own routine, this time of year presents its own set of challenges as the summer frenzy fades and the holidays loom.

The good news is, a little organization yields big rewards in terms of reducing stress and encouraging peaceful productivity. Here are a few easy-to-implement ideas to help you simplify and stay sane as you welcome the new season.

Check It Off

Whether it’s online or old school notebook paper, a checklist can help you focus when you’re frazzled. Stay on top of daily to-dos like keeping up on work projects and squeezing in an exercise session. Help younger kids establish a morning and bedtime schedule with an illustrated checklist that’s displayed proudly on the wall. Grab pre-made lists from sites like Checklists.com, which offers lists specific to health, home, money, travel and more.

Special Delivery

Once limited to pizzas and postal mail, delivery service is now available for nearly every product imaginable. Save precious hours every week by having everything from groceries and pet supplies to laundry and dry cleaning delivered to your doorstep. Bonus: the service is often free or very low cost.

Clutter Control

As you get ready to swap swimsuits for sweaters, now is the ideal time to purge your home of unused clothing, gadgets and other items. If you haven’t used or looked at it in the last 12 months, drop it in the donation pile. Have the kids go through their clothes and toys to weed out what doesn’t fit or has fallen out of favor. If they need a little extra persuasion, have them do this while listening to their favorite music or watching a movie.

Lock It Up

Lockers aren’t just for gym clothes and schoolbooks anymore. These sturdy storage units come in a variety of styles and colors and can be used in any room in your home. Put mini lockers in the bedroom as nightstands with a lamp or alarm clock on top and use the lockable area for storing valuables (jewelry, tablets, etc.). Use larger lockers in the garage as catchalls for bulky, space-hogging items like sports shoes and equipment and outdoor tools.

Supply Stash

Spare yourself the stress of late-night store runs to complete your child’s “due at 8:00 am tomorrow” project by creating a supply stash. Stock it with essentials like poster board, colored markers, paints, glue, index cards, etc. Keep a running inventory list so you know when it’s time to replenish.

Try one or more of these tips to welcome a fantastic fall!

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