By: Karen

I know that it seems like Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t right around the corner, lets face it, once the white pants are retired after Labor Day, the hustle and bustle will be here before we know it. And with that comes the cleaning, and the prepping of the house for lots of company, and lots of time spent indoors. During the summer months, we spend a lot of time outside, a lot of time away even, and the inside of the house becomes a little less important (it happens to the best of us). Here’s a little advice I came up with last year to make the task seem less daunting.

Step one – organize and clean. All of the clutter that was accumulated over the last few months, is probably just that – clutter. Take some time to try to get things a little more organized, and do some straightening up (I’ve always thought fall cleaning was a little more important than spring cleaning myself). After it’s organized, take some time to clean, wash the windows, the floors, the carpets, and get everything back to tip top shape.

Step two – reevaluate your décor. Chances are, once you start cleaning, and watching a little more HGTV, you are going to start to notice a lot of things here or there that you want to change. But, you aren’t going to be able to do it all, so try and prioritize what really needs to be done, and what rooms can just be refreshed with some new bedding, or a fresh set of curtains (or by just using what you already have in your closet from the last time you got bored of something).

Step three – take on a few projects that have to get done this season. Whether it be a fresh coat of paint in the living room, a new carpet in the dining room, hanging new window treatments, or refinishing the kitchen cabinets, chances are you will only have the time and money to tackle and finish a couple of the projects. So don’t start too many things that you won’t get finished before your guests start showing up.

And just remember, keep it simple. The fall is a great time of year to be outside too, but I know from experience that if you don’t think about it now, a lot of redecorating ideas are going to pop up mid-November and its going to be too late to do them!