Fall Frenzy

Today would have been the perfect day for raking leaves, pumpkin picking, or taking a drive to see the leaves on the trees turning different colors. The weather forecast was calling for a high in the mid-60s today with a nice breeze and blue skies. Any outdoor seasonal activity would have sufficed.

But, I didn’t do any of that. Instead, the cooler weather inspired me to purge my kitchen pantry and clean out my bedroom closet. Sure, a walk in the park enjoying the beautiful weather would have been lovely, but my day took a different turn.

I didn’t wake up in an organizing mood, but I was motivated after grabbing a box of cereal and started unloading everything off the shelves. Once the pantry was completely empty, I wiped down the crumbs, threw away the stray almonds and chocolate chips, and replaced all the shelf liners. I had already come this far so before I put everything back, I put the food into categories. I counted out 5 different types of peanut butter, 7 boxes of pasta, and a plethora of marinades. I found empty bins in another cabinet that I repurposed to keep everything contained. The only thing that was missing was a label maker. But still, the end result was worthwhile.

I tackled my bedroom closet next. My original plan was to put the laundry away and replace shorts with sweaters. But then I discovered a bunch of sandals and flip flops on the floor and decided to dive in. I went into my daughter’s closet to find some kind of basket to throw all of the shoes in and realized she had so much room in there for my dressier clothes. I quickly dug up a bin for the shoes and returned to her closet with all of my dresses. I’m certainly not going anywhere fancy anytime soon.  This left me plenty of room to hang up my wrap-around sweaters that are just impossible to fold neatly. I made a small donation pile of clothes and shoes I haven’t worn in over a year. After a clean sweep of the dust bunnies on my floor, my closet was finished.

I wish I took before and after pictures but that never occurs to me until I’m right in the middle of an organization project. So here are the after shots. Not bad, huh?

My pretty pantry.


Sweater heaven!


I wonder how this will look a month from now. 😉

What organization projects are you working on? Please share and include before and after shots!

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll buy a pumpkin and go apple picking.

5 comments on Fall Frenzy

  1. Carol Graham
    October 3, 2020 at 10:14 pm (7 months ago)

    I think I was born organized. Wrote a book on it many years ago. Your project looks great

  2. Nona
    October 3, 2020 at 11:48 pm (7 months ago)

    You did a good job.

    I recently did a purge of my desk drawers…only to have them recluttered by people other than me. But mostly I’m disorganized and messy.

  3. Martha
    October 4, 2020 at 8:32 am (7 months ago)

    I’m the same way, I don’t plan to organize but once I start I’m on a roll. Yesterday we went to the farm market for hay bales and mums and set up our fall display in the yard. they was my blog topic

  4. Robert Krantweiss
    October 4, 2020 at 9:56 am (7 months ago)

    You always have a very interesting, often funny, and appropriate ending sentence. I couldn’t wait for this one. No offense intended.

  5. Julie JordanScott
    October 4, 2020 at 4:50 pm (7 months ago)

    I never seem to get quite this level of frenzied before I feel the need to focus on something less fascinating like… text a friend or read a chapter of a really formulaic book. Right now I’m on a break from clearing out the trunk of my car because… I’m
    Going to pick up groceries in a bit and the people need a place to put them in said car and here I am… well. Now you know. (Loved the blog post!)


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