Its almost time to go back to school (sorry to those who've already gone back... ew!). And, for me, that means my work year is beginning.
I have a kind of Back to School ritual that takes a lot of stress off of the rush and off of my pocketbook.
(I think that these ideas are helpful to anyone-- not just those getting ready for pencils, books, and dirty looks)
Its like a Spring Cleaning Take Two
First: The Closet Monster. ***I dump EVERYTHING out of my closet onto my bed (and the floor, and reading nook,etc.) ***Critically, I look at EACH item... Is it torn? Is it stained? Is it ill-fitting? and I sort: Donate, scrap fabric for the sewing room, keep it.
~The Keep its get washed (um, if you still don't use Clorox 2, you should be-- Old clothes look new again!), ironed-if necessary, hung up or folded and put neatly away.
Then I make a list... what do I need to replace? I go to where the real sales are and replenish, but I'm bringing my new clothes into a clean, pretty space that's manageable and functional.
(As a bragging moment, while shopping the 60 and 70% off racks, I found two amazing, bohemian vest-things for $4 each.... I bought a sweater at regular price and got two more for $1! The deals are there, you just have to look!!)
Second: The Fridge Monster. (the closet of food) ***I check everything in the fridge... Is it fresh? Is it healthy? ***I clean the shelves, I wipe down the outside and... I look for the deals. ***I clip coupons, I re-organize my coupon book, and I shop. (hmmm... I'm sensing a theme--- clean and shop, clean and shop)
I stock up on healthy snacks and easy to make/grab lunches. This saves on our food budget like woah!
Third: The Bag Monster. (My portable closet for.... junk!) I empty my school bag (watch out, purse! you're next!) and basically repeat the organization process.
Finally: The sleep zone
I always make sure that my linens are fresh and the bed is comfy. I try to put fresh flowers and a good book by the bed so I'm ready for a good night sleep.