One of my favorite things all year long is putting out my Fall decorations! I LOVE FALL! And I love decorating for it! So I sometimes have to remind myself that, as fun as decorating for the season is, the important thing is to make sure you’re prepared for it.
When spring hits, people are eager to get out their mop buckets and brooms to give their house a good cleaning. When it comes to the fall season, you should also get ready to run through a list of chores to prepare your property for falling leaves and colder nights.
The moment that the balmy days of summer end, you will want to seal your window and door frames with caulk to secure your house from the chilly outdoor temperatures. This is a terrific chore to take on during the fall because the weather is more likely to be forgiving — the results may not be as effective if you apply it on a day that is freezing cold or blistering hot.
I’ve been feeling a bit frazzled of late.
Frazzled is a newer feeling for me, and I really don’t much care for it. It MAY be my new state of existence as a twin mom, I’m willing to kind of admit that, but, I don’t think it should HAVE to be, ya know?
So I’ve been taking steps here and there to identify the causes of my frazzlement and try to fix each one, one by one. It’s working pretty well so far, but I’m still having a hard time kind of pulling everything together.
This feeling was mainly revolving around my to-do list. I would be writing all these things down that needed to be done in multiple areas of my life, and my list became pretty ineffective, because it was getting so big and so cluttered. I couldn’t see what needed to take priority and what could wait. I was missing deadlines and gatherings and even some BILLS! (That’s no good at all.) I was functioning with my normal planner, like usual, but something was missing. I needed to be able to drill down and do some kind of micro-organization.
So…enter the mini book.
So last week I shared some Spring Cleaning Hacks with everyone! Missed that post? CLICK HERE!
But I was thinking, hacks really don’t do much good if you don’t have a plan to actually tackle them. Right? Well, no worries now! Grace over at Terry’s Fabrics shared this lovely infographic with me to share with all of you: The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist! Now you have it ALL!
Some people might have a “To-Do” list. Yep, I have one of those. (Well, more than one, to be honest!) Those are located at my full-time job – my daily list, my lunch list, and my “do this on your way home or when you get home” list!
But I also have a List Book.
Early in life, I found that making a list of things helped me to organize my thoughts, and since I’ve always had lots of different activities going on, it helped me not to forget anything at the same time. As time went on, I ended up with not only a few more “projects” but also the need to condense everything together in some concise form.
Enter: The List Book! Now, no more pieces of paper floating all over creation!
I happen to LOVE Vera Bradley, hence the pretty pattern! And it’s not big – about the size of your average diary or journal.
So, what do I mean by a List Book?
I LOVE a good printable! It’s always a sure-fire way to get me to read a blog, if I get a free printable out of it! I have TONS of them, however, sometimes they don’t quite give me what I need. Perhaps I need another column here, or a notes section there, or more reference space at the top rather than at the bottom…you know how it goes.
So, I’ve been tossing around the idea of creating my own printables (in my free time, of course! HA! Whatever that is…) and last week I actually did it! Once I created one, I had a few trusted advisors check it out, and made a few changes based on their opinions.
I’ve ended up with THREE printables at once this time around, and I’m pretty excited about them! However, I want to know what YOU think!
So, here’s what I’ve got for everyone:
- Party Plan Printable
- Decoration Details Printable
- Guest Gathering Printable
You can use them as a set, or you can use them separately, whichever works best for you! Here they are!
Party Plan Printable