It is nearly that time again and fall is around the corner! It is time to prepare our homes and welcome in the new season. There is much work to be done such as:
1. Cleaning. Prepare your home to be cozy, inviting and clean and also to be a Center of Hospitality. You'll want to host several parties and experience good fellowship after church. Don't forget about having a friend over for tea. I already have someone special in mind.
2. Organizing. You can't function well, homeschool or even think about blessing others if you are tripping over things in your home or piles that you have neglected for days begin haunting you. I will once again tackle the garage before it gets too cold and have an excuse for not doing it. I have also resolved that I need a storage bin for every holiday, not just Christmas and Thanksgiving. This way when I buy things at sales through the year it doesn't end up in someones closet but now it will have a home to rest in. A friend shared with me her tip when they organize large parties---she has all her party and hospitality wares in one section in the garage where they can get to them easily, all marked, categorized by color and quantities,etc.-- instead of having them scattered through the kitchen taking up valuable space.
3. Bring wardrobes up to date. The cool weather will be soon approaching, make sure your husband and children will be nice and warm. Sneak in the last of those summer dresses, we will probably take some pictures in those beautiful dresses they won't fit in next year, that way even though we can't keep the dress we will at least have the beautiful memories.
4. Put away spring items and decor. Or cleverly work them into your fall decor. I don't like to change too many things which require too much work so I opt for the latter. I do change my bedspread, some curtains, etc. and like adding a pumpkin here and there... I especially love spiced candles!
5. Now the best part---break out the fall decor! Somehow I always want to do this first because it's fun, if you need some inspiration, visit here. I am considering displaying some framed pictures of the children in pumpkin patches that we had visited in the past. We also can't forget to pull out the throws for snuggling out on the couch...I find visitors like them too.
6. Rethink your menus. Now that that the cooler season will be moving in we can turn our thoughts and sights to hot cider, pumpkin pies and thick soups---every family has a favorite. Dig out those beloved recipes and readjust your menu mindset. Mmmmmmmm!
7. Make memories. A large part of being a great homemaker is creating lovely memories that will last. Start planning those trips to the apple orchard and hayrides. Try your hand at a new fall craft with the kiddies (this Thanksgiving we plan to make The Mayflower out of a butternut squash!)Pull out the pilgrim costumes--you might need to sew a new one--- and revel in the fact that the good Lord will be pouring out the blessings of fall upon us once again!
8. Bless them. Find out what your family favors about the season and make sure to do it---you may also be surprised by how they answer. They might just say they love the cocoa with colored marshmallows and Christmas music playing in the background (yes, I said Christmas music, it's not just for winter, you know!)
Now what are you waiting for? Get off the computer and get to it! We've got work to do!