I spent much of October transitioning our home for the cold weather ahead, something I so enjoy — out with all summertime wares, a bit of deep cleaning & washing and in with all things warm & cozy, preparing my family for the freezing cold and inevitably wet weather in 4 simple steps.
1 — I sorted all of our clothes, those to wash & tuck away for next year, donate or sell. Only cool weather clothing is kept out. By only keeping what we will be wearing available cuts down on clutter and mess, especially when little hands dig through the drawers (and are not so concerned about putting things away).
2 — I worked through all surfaces gathering any clutter or collections from the summer, dusting as I went. Keeping things minimal means my work is quick but it's important to have a rhythm in place to keep a check on clutter, piles & nonsense. I sorted my "out" pile by discard, donate, items for storage (summer clothes & fans!) as well as a few keepsakes to tuck away.
3 — I pulled out the winter things from storage — winter clothes for the children, hats, coats, boots, lanterns & candles etc. I checked for what fits, what will work for this season, what to mend & then made a list of anything to be purchased.
4 — I worked my way through washing — pillow covers, winter blankets, sheepskins, curtains etc., vacuumed the sofa, cleaned the space heaters and sorted through my pantry shelves & baskets.
I've noticed such a big change in the ease of our day to day when I only have on hand what we need for the season. I tuck everything not needed away (such as in the attic, storage or garage) as to not add to the daily clutter. We're now set & snug and ready to enjoy the chilly season ahead.