10 Traits of an Organized HomeWritten by Barbara Myers
10 Traits of an Organized Home by Barbara Myers (http://www.ineedmoretime.com)
1. Lack of clutter because everything has a place. The band-aids are in kitchen cabinet left of sink. All videos are in cabinet near VCR. Today's mail is sorted into individual family member's baskets or folders.
2. Refrigerator, freezer and pantry are stocked and organized. There's a planned menu for this week. A grocery list in progress is posted near fridge.
3. Clean laundry is put away. Dirty laundry is in hampers or is being laundered.
4. Family calendar is updated daily and color-coded by person.
Nature's Decor for Fall, on a BudgetWritten by Kathleen Wilson
Fall is my favorite time of year for decorating. Well, ok, so maybe itís just behind holidays, but you know what I mean! I think itís because it represents a time of coming home and cuddling in, preparing for long cold days of winter. Cacooning in a home filled with warmth and personalityÖmmm, no better feeling, especially in times when life doesnít feel as secure as it once did for many of us. How do you decorate your home for winding down of autumn when moneyís tight? Read this article, and youíre on your way!
Fall is best time for decorating organically; that is, with natural elements. Natural ornaments for home are abundantly available this time of year, are extremely cheap or free, and give us a good feeling of grounded goodness from Mother Earth. So get kids, and go on a nature walk! Make sure to take a bag with you, and be sure only to collect fallen items that are not protected, or on private land. (Donít worry, Iím going to tell you what to do with all this in a minute!) Everything that appeals to you is fair game here, and remember to look at texture, color, or even memories an item brings back for you. Acorns, pinecones, seed pods, sticks or branches, driftwood, shells, empty wasp nests, bird nests, or cocoons, pressed and dried flowers, back chunks, even pretty rocks! And of course, cut and bring in those fall wildflowers! Sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, chrysanthemums, even roses all bloom in fall and make terrific bouquets. Even dried grasses displayed in a pretty pitcher invoke those great feelings of autumn on itís way.
Now youíre back home with all your treasures, youíve started a big pot of soup on stoveÖand you canít figure out for life of you what you are going to do with all this stuff? For starters, consider setting out simple ceramic or wooden bowls lined with a pretty cloth napkin or scrap, and fill with some of your goods. Texture abounds with natural elements, and will warm up a tablescape, a coffee table, a fireplace hearth. Try getting out hot glue gun and affixing your items to candles you packed away at first sign of summer. Small glass jars make great votive holders when dressed up with a few pressed leaves and acorns. Fill a bowl or plate with goodies around large pillar candles and use as a centerpiece. If you canít find enough natural material near your home, check out bulk grain section at your supermarket. Fall is about harvest, so any grain can be used to add that element to your home. Even cracked corn meant for bird feeder can look great in a jar as a base for a candle.