This post is sponsored by Wayfair, but all words, photos and opinions are my own.
I’ll be honest: I don’t want to talk about fall. I don’t even want to think about fall right now, because I’m still very much in summer mode. But it’s coming, whether I like it or not, so every year I try to embrace it and start making fall plans around the beginning of August!
Hubby has six weeks off this summer and it’s going by so fast, but luckily we still have a month left. We’ve been wrapping up some big projects, like the chicken coop and a fire pit/deck refresh, but we hope to relax as much as possible in August. Summer is so short here on Lake Superior, so I never want to take a sunny day for granted or rush into fall. I talk about this often, but I actually kind of dread fall. The season itself can be beautiful, although it’s sad to see the liveliness of summer flowers and green leaves just wither and die. But my real problem with fall is that it’s over so quickly, and then we’re plunged into an icy, miserable, never ending winter. So you can see why I cling to summer!
I like to line up some things to look forward to in the fall, to help make the transition less gloomy. We’re thinking of tackling the laundry room reno with a budget-friendly makeover this October and I’m excited about that because it will be way more functional – and I think I’ll join the One Room Challenge with it too! We’ve also talked about maybe taking a little road trip, which is always nice when the weather is a bit cooler. Plus the chickens will be closer to laying eggs, which will be a very eggciting time for me. One of the things I’d really like to do when the weather turns cold is to do a massive reorganizing. I know that doesn’t sound “fun,” but it’s satisfying and that can be just as appealing to me.
By the end of 2019, I want every single closet, drawer, and cupboard to feel totally organized, streamlined and de-cluttered. I find it’s easier to tackle this in bits and pieces, so I have already started in some parts of the house and recently I did a little work in the bedroom closet. I keep everything in there. I don’t do a seasonal wardrobe, capsule wardrobe, or any of the closet trends.
Until recently, literally every stitch of clothing I owned was in our bedroom – including my wedding dress and hubby’s wedding suit! We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last year, so that’s how long I’ve been pushing my wedding dress out of the way, haha. I also keep clothes from every season. Now, some of it I do wear all year round. I will still reach for some lighter sweaters on cool summer nights and I get extra mileage from my summer tanks by layering them under cardigans all winter. But my super summery dresses just get in the way when I am reaching for my cozy sweats mid-December. And I don’t need to stare at the couple of sparkly, wintry party dresses I have bought for Hubby’s work holiday party ll summer long.
I decided to order this covered garment rack from Wayfair to store my off-season clothes – and some sentimental things, like our wedding stuff – in the basement. I’ve never done that! It always seemed like failure to have so much surplus. But we have a really lovely unfinished basement that is devoid of bugs and smells – but it’s only 5 feet tall, so it will never be more than storage. Why not make use of it? And being able to look into my closet and see ONLY things I want to wear in the current season will be so nice. (I plan to sew a few lavender sachets so my clothes emerge from storage smelling amazing.)
I love this clothing rack because it fits the height of my basement! That was tough to find, although Wayfair does have a great selection of clothes racks and garment racks. I also liked that the white material is fabric and not plastic, so it’s breathable. I know it won’t damage clothes, like plastic can, and yet it’s fully covered to keep everything dust-free. Even the bottom is covered with fabric (some of them are open on the bottom, which I didn’t like). Once it arrived, I was happy to discover that the sturdy steel frame was easy to assemble.
Bedroom Closet De-Clutter Phase TWO:
When the weather cools, I’m going to set aside a weekend or two to try on everything I own and make some tough decisions. I have been working to simplify my wardrobe for years because I tend to buy random patterns and fun prints, but then literally wear neutrals most days. Other than summer dresses, I stopped buying a lot of bold prints. I am going to mold my wardrobe into a compact offering of only things I love to wear. I promise to share photos of everything I sell/donate/keep and share the results of my progress later!
Adding a Little Fall Decor for Extra Incentive:
While shopping for my clothing rack, I also took a peek at Wayfair’s home decor and added two functional pieces to our bedroom. First, I chose a really simple white clock. We used to have a mid-century modern inspired ball clock in the bedroom, but I moved it to the bunkie when I redecorated our bedroom with a cooler, beachier color palette. But it’s one year later and we keep looking at that wall out of habit! So I chose this simple, white wood clock that fills the void but doesn’t detract from the nearby art. This will be really handy when the clocks fall back – I can never get a handle on the time change!
A few months ago I started diffusing essential oils in the house and I was tired of moving my one (very breakable, ceramic) diffuser around the house, so I also picked up this beautiful white spirale diffuser from Wayfair. It’s plastic, but looks like ceramic, and the shape complements the restful bedroom decor. I am currently diffusing eucalyptus to help with my summer allergies but when the seasons change, I’ll be diffusing autumnal oils which I hope will convince me to love fall while I sleep, haha. A little subliminal messaging? I’ll try anything!
Those are some of my plans to make the transition from summer to fall a little easier. I have things to look forward to, a new clock to prep me for the time change, and an essential oil diffuser so I can drift off to sleep with the fall inspired scents… but for now, we’re soaking in summer! Friends of ours are coming over today, so it’s time to hit the water! I’ve been staring at my swim suit for the last 10 months, it’s time to use it.
P.S. Do I have a top with Komondor dogs on it because Szuka is a Komondor? Why yes, yes I do…