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8 Tips to Declutter Your Home and Life for the Best Autumn Yet

Fall is always an exciting time filled with trips to apple orchards, afternoons spent at pumpkin patches, Friendsgiving dinners, and… decluttering! And I don’t just mean putting your surfboards in storage and finally ridding all kitchen countertops of scattered mail — I mean giving your home and lifestyle a whole fall refresh! Decluttering both your living space and life could be key for ensuring you have the best autumn yet.

In my experience as the Professional Organizer and Brand Ambassador of  Modular Closets  (DIY customizable closet units that organize any space in your home), I have discovered a number of helpful decluttering tips. Here are 8 of these tried-and-true strategies I wanted to share:

1. Organize a grab-and-go station for autumn essentials.

Isn’t it the worst when you are trying to leave for an outing and can’t find your keys, cellphone, or other essentials? Don’t let missing items put a damper on your fall festivities! Organize a bin by the front door or in the garage that contains autumn essentials like beanies, gloves, scarves, windbreakers, chapstick, and hand creams for your purse (the chillier weather can really dry out your skin!) so you are always ready for any fun fall plans. Whether you are planning to spend an afternoon apple picking or you want to wander through gorgeous fall foliage, you will be prepared for any outing.

2. Write down 5 things you want to do this autumn.

From camping excursions to costume parties and fall food festivals, it seems like once autumn hits there is almost TOO much you want to do. So declutter your plans by organizing a fall bucket list! By taking pen to paper and consciously thinking of what you want to experience this season, you will truly be able to make your autumn dreams a reality. Then, once you write down the top 5 must-do’s, schedule each of them into your calendar. This will ensure you accomplish the bucket-list items and allow you to plan other activities around them.

3. Declutter last fall’s essentials.

Garages and sheds tend to fill up with clutter from all the autumns beforehand. Spend a day decluttering broken Halloween decorations, chipped Thanksgiving dinnerware, broken baskets for apple picking, and costumes you no longer wear so that you will be able to replace ones that need to be replaced right away. Trust me, the last thing you would want is to start getting ready for a costume party and realize all of your costumes in storage are stained or have holes in them. By decluttering any items you no longer need, you make space for all your new autumn essentials which also frees energy for new memories.

4.) Deep clean the windows.

Do you love gazing out your windows at the changing leaves? Deep cleaning the windows needs to be a must on your autumn organizing to-do list, as it will help you enjoy the lovely fall days to the fullest! If your windows are covered in grime and streaks from the rainy spring and dry summer months, take an hour or two to spray all of them with a cleaning solution and wipe them until they sparkle! You will smile every time you look through them and notice how clear and clean they are.

5.) Write down your home organizing goals.

Although autumn is typically filled with fun get-togethers with friends and family, Oktoberfest festivities, and other events, the season is a great time to accomplish your home organizing goals. Have you been meaning to paint one or more of your rooms a new color? Do you really want to clean every single carpet and rug in your living space? Commit to one home organizing project you have wanted to do this year, and allow yourself the fall to accomplish it. I highly recommend scheduling the project into your calendar so that there are plans set in stone to get it done!

6.) Organize a travel station in your car.

Autumn is filled with family gatherings, adventure, tips to pumpkin patches, and travel, so it is paramount to have your car organized. First, do a deep clean. Yes, that means vacuuming under the seats and picking up all the stale Cheerios all over the floor. Once the car is deep cleaned, organize an autumn station that you keep in the trunk. Some ideas of things to include are hats, scarves, wipes to clean hands after apple picking, and extra sweaters. Preparation is key!

7.) Organize your fall clothes.

Out with summer and in with fall! Spend an afternoon decluttering any autumn clothes that you no longer love wearing or that don’t fit, and organize your closet so all your fall clothes are front and center. Hang up your favorite sweaters, put your glove and beanie sets together, clean and fold all of your pants and leggings, and clean your boots so they are ready for all of the fall festivities!

8.) Organize your garden tools.

Autumn means beautiful falling leaves! If your garden tools have been buried in the garage or shed all year round, this is the time to declutter any rusty or broken rakes and possibly purchase a new one. The last thing you want is to get ready to clean up piles of leaves and realize the handle on your rake broke while in storage!

To Wrap It All Up

Now that fall is here, make it a priority to declutter both your living space and lifestyle so that the season is nothing short of marvelous. Several ways to do this include organizing a grab-and-go station for autumn essentials and writing a bucket list of 5 must-do fall plans. Also, declutter last season’s essentials, deep clean the windows, and organize a travel station in your car. These are just a few ways to help ensure you have the best autumn yet!

Christina Giaquinto is the Professional Organizer and Brand Ambassador of Modular Closets (DIY customizable closet units that organize any space in your home). Christina focuses on giving her clients the tools, methods, and techniques to transform their lives and homes through decluttering and organizing. She combines spiritual coaching and organizing to help her clients let go of things that do not spark joy and happiness. Her work has been featured on sites like Popsugar, Women’s Health, Reader’s DigestRealtor, The Spruce, and Yahoo.  HERE and  HERE.

Freedom Guide

To celebrate independence, 360 Magazine has created the perfect gift guide for the season. Whether you’re in search of the best cocktails, or some lavish apparel, we’ve compiled the best list of gifts below.

Haute Shore

You can stop the long and frustrating online hunt for the perfect bag each season. Haute Shore has the latest accessories you’ve been looking for. From a young age, founder Beth Zimerbort has been in love with fashion and the endless possibilities of styles and options. Like her mother, Beth believes that a simple outfit paired with a standout accessory can make any combination stunning. Wanting to instill the confidence and power that comes with loving your outfit for the day, she launched Haute Shore to provide every woman with beautiful, affordable accessories that stay on top of the latest trends. With over 1,000 accessories, Haute Shore is committed to helping customers stay fashionable with ease. And you’ll never run out of designs to fit your individual needs and style preferences.

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Aerangis Fragrances

Sometimes it’s the smaller things in life that bring the most happiness. Indulge your senses with delicious summer scents from Aerangis that will add sophistication and ambience to any room. Inspired by the nostalgia that scent can evoke, Aerangis was created to remind us of our sweetest memories. Each scent is carefully crafted, with each signature flavor sure to transport you back in time.

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Razer: Genesis and Unleashed Collections

Razer Genesis

Distinguished by its minimalistic designs and green lines, the Genesis collection features Razer’s iconic tripled-headed snake logo and branding. Designed with comfort in mind, this collection consists of a classic t-shirt and shorts as well as a must-have bucket hat and a stylish bomber jacket. Razer Genesis was made for those who like to strike a balance between effortless style and comfort with versatile pieces made for everyday wear, inside or out!

Razer Unleashed

Razer Unleashed features bold and oversized prints unleashing the Razer brand across a variety of stylish gear created for the ultimate fan. This collection includes an oversized tee, a stylish sweatshirt and casual shorts. The zip-up hoodie, big enough to go over gaming headsets, was specifically designed with the gamer in mind! 

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XTRATUF

XTRATUF‘s beloved Sharkbyte has a “green” refresh for the season with an all new upper material made from ECONYL® – a 100% regenerated nylon fiber made from fishnets and other nylon waste. The Sharkbyte shoe is lightweight and designed for wear on a boat, but versatile enough to wear anywhere. It features a rear pull tab for easy on, and a reinforced leather panel at the heel for easy off. They are super comfortable and durable and a great warm weather style.

PSYCHEDELIC WATER

For those looking for a non-alcoholic substitution, Psychedelic Water is the first legal psychedelic brand of its kind built on the ethos that psychedelics are more than something you consume. Created with a one-of-a-kind formulation made with kava root, damiana leaf, and green tea leaf extract, Psychedelic Water is a psychoactive, lightly carbonated blend that creates a sense of euphoria for a hangover-free experience.

Sisi Spray n’ Style

Tired of bad hair after an hour at the gym? Or losing space in your luggage trying to fit your hair care essentials? Sisi Spray N’ Style solves every one of these everyday problems.

Years of struggling to brush and style her daughter’s hair left Jessica Urzua feeling frustrated. The brush bristles were always too hard, and she couldn’t get the detangling product worked in fast enough. Both causing sensory overload to her child.

True to a mom’s problem-solving nature, Jessica came up with the idea to combine a gentle brush with a spray bottle, and Sisi Spray N’ Style was born.

  • DETANGLE: Using a mix of boar hair bristles and nylon pins, the brush glides through wet or dry hair with ease.
  • MASSAGE: The curved brush head massages your scalp with each brushstroke, creating a fun and relaxing sensation that even the most sensitive of kids will love.
  • VERSATILE: The compact design allows you to take the brush with you anywhere. Perfect for gym-goers and any person on the go as you will no longer need to pack large bottles of hair product. The Sisi Spray N’ Style is also TSA-approved, also making it perfect for travelers who need that precious luggage space.
  • REUSABLE: Each brush comes with three reusable spray bottles so you can have all your hair care needs readily available. The vacuum-style bottles also make cleaning simple and easy.

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Leather Honey Cleaning Care

For over 50 years, Leather Honey has been in the business of reviving leather naturally and effectively. Entirely toxin-free, the formula that restores and protects all types and colors of leather, from furniture to cars to fashion to sporting goods. The water-repelling system offers 6 months of protection, is incredibly easy to apply and made of only the highest quality ingredients. 

Their NEW Leather Honey Complete Care Kit is everything you need for all of your leather cleaning and conditioning needs housed in one beautiful box! Includes a Leather Conditioner (8oz), Leather Cleaner (8oz) and two lint-free application cloths.

Safe for kids and pets, Leather Honey soaks into leather’s pores, hydrating the individual fibers of the leather and providing a barrier that prolongs its life. With over 43,000 reviews on Amazon, there’s no wonder that it holds the #1 spot for the Best Seller in Leather Care Products!  

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Modular Closets

Made in the USA, Modular Closets are DIY organizational units that you can order online and custom mix and match to meet your exact organizational needs for a space, room or closet. It can be as simple as a file organizer to a full closet redesign. Modular Closets allow you to create a beautifully organized solution for any room in your house: your home office, the kids’ bedrooms, hallway, kitchen pantry, office, laundry room, craft room, or mudroom. You can even create a closet where there is no closet!

Handy accessories are also available at Modular Closets, including the Vista Shoe Shelf Short Tower, a pull-out hamper, closet valet, scarf rack, belt rack, tie rack, jewelry tray, shelf and basket pullouts, shelf dividers, pants rack pullout, and more. Modular Closets will help transform your living space and lifestyle by helping you maximize your closet’s functionality and style! For more info and pricing, go HERE.

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Louis Vuitton Bubblegram

This bright, joyful and uncompromising collection is perfect for a generation on the move who are ready to exploit the bags’ versatility. Over The Moon can be worn in seven different ways, thanks to the shoulder strap and gold chain, either on the shoulder or wrist, and is as suited to day as it is to night thanks to its colourways and suppleness.

Louis Vuitton bubblegram via 360 Magazine

PatPat’s GONeat Collection

Getting the kids ready to take on the playground has never been easier than with PatPat.com’s adorable styles and new GONeat Collection!

This revolutionary line is crafted from a sustainable fabric that’s both stain-proof and waterproof, and launched on June 29th with kids shirts, family matching, basics, and more!

GONeat highlights:

  • Sorona fabric – originated from natural plants, which is a sustainable fiber that opens up a brand-new fashion of sustainability and environmental protection. 
  • It is certified by OEKO-TEX 100 which targets products designed for infants and toddlers.
  • Comfortable, soft, breathable, and long-lasting 

Getinspired for back to school with:

  • GONeat Collection – Make your daycare staff and teachers’ lives easier with clothes that can stand up to water bottle malfunctions, art days, and lunch disasters.
  • Floral Leaf Button Up – Hold on to those summer vibes just a little bit longer while looking sharp for the first day of class.
  • Butterfly Sleeveless Dress and Cardigan Set – Flutter into the new year in comfort with this gorgeous dress and a lightweight sweater for layering.
  • Solid Waterproof Backpack – This spacious carryall has plenty of pockets and is stylish too.

From florals and dinosaurs to Paw Patrol and the new GONeat Collection, parents can stock up on adorable staples with the click of a button. 

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Reebok Answer DMX

 Reebok has confirmed a July 29 return for its historic Answer DMX ($170, GX6330) basketball shoe, the first installment of Allen Iverson’s signature 14-sneaker “Answer” series introduced in 1997.

In ‘97, following the momentous ‘96 rookie release of Iverson’s coveted Question Mid – his first signature Reebok basketball shoe – the brand issued a response – better yet, an answer. Reebok’s Answer 1 debuted for Iverson’s sophomore campaign in Philly as the prolific guard continued his rise to stardom, on and off the court.

Featuring Reebok’s revolutionary DMX airflow technology underfoot, Answer was designed to meet the demands of Iverson’s explosive dribble moves, tenacious defense, and bold style.  

25 years later, Answer DMX returns in its OG ‘97 white/red colorway with an all-leather upper, patent leather accents, “I3” jewel branding, an ice rubber outsole with red flecks, DMX technology underfoot, and  a commemorative “Rookie of the Year” tongue tag.

Reebok’s Answer DMX ($170, GX6330) is available beginning July 29 from Reebok.com/US/Classics-BasketballFoot Locker, and select retailers.

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Bedroom illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Spring Cleaning Tasks

Did You Remember These Spring Cleaning Tasks?

Flowers are budding, birds are chirping, and grass is turning from beige to green. Homeowners everywhere are thinking about closing the door on winter, cleaning up the house and celebrating a fresh start to spring.

The traditional spring cleaning is something many of us take to heart this time of the year, however, there may be some tasks that you didn’t think of that really take your annual wipe down and declutter to a whole new level.

In every room of the house:

Door frames — As you move through the house, don’t forget the edges of doors: whether they are closet doors, cupboards, medicine cabinets or the front door, they can all accumulate dirt and grime that you may not notice day to day. For example, kitchen cabinets can get sticky and grimy on the front and edges, from the steam produced by cooking. Same for bathroom cabinets. Most doors have a small amount of gap at the top, and that air flow can help dust accumulate. Wipe down the edges of all these surfaces for an extra level of clean. 

Ceiling fans — Another dust accumulator are the blades on ceiling fans. As hot air rises, taking dust and debris with it, the blades can end up getting thick, stuck on coating over winter, when they’re less in use. Light fixtures and chandeliers also have this issue. Lightbulbs in particular attract dust through the electromagnetic waves they emit, creating a magnetic field that inevitably attracts dust.

Area rugs — You might have thought to rent a steam cleaner or hire a service for the broadloom in the bedroom, but what about the area rugs that you’ve placed here and there? The amount of dust and grime that accumulates but isn’t necessarily visible can be surprising! A run around with the vacuum might not be enough. If they’ve been in your home for a while, consider a professional rug cleaning service.

Closet revamp — Everyone knows about decluttering closets and adding hooks and shelving to make it more user friendly, but the change of season is also the ideal time to change how you use your closets entirely. Whether it’s the front hall closet or the walk-in bedroom closet, use the space seasonally and find storage for out of season items. You don’t need to be looking at mittens and boots in July, so set up one storage space as the alternative seasonal storage area and twice a year, spring and fall, you can shift clothes and accessories back and forth. The advantage to this method is that you have less stuff in your main storage spaces that you use daily, which allows you to see what you have to wear that is seasonally appropriate.

Phones and remotes — How often have you thought of wiping down your smartphone or television remotes? It might have occurred to you in a public space like a hotel, but even at home, these often-used items are some of the filthiest items you own. Ideally, you’ll get into the habit of wiping these down regularly!

Garbage bins — Even the indoor bins that you line with bags need a good going over once in a while, to catch dirt and germs that got through or around the liners. Hosing them out and washing them outside is a great job for kids; let the bins dry in the sunshine before you bring them back in.

Specific tasks for the laundry area:

Check your lint traps — Do you find that your dryer is taking a long time to dry your clothes? While most people know to check the lint trap that is right inside the dryer, you also need to clean the rest of the hose and vent to the outside. Over time, lint and other debris can get stuck in there and they could be a fire hazard, given the heat that emanates from a dryer. 

Wash the washing machine — Every time you run a load of laundry, your machine is accumulating some amount of soap residue, dirt, dust and skin flakes from clothing, sheets and towels. Since most washers aren’t self-cleaning, it’s important to wash it out too. You can run a cycle with some bleach; just be sure to run another so that the washer is thoroughly rinsed, and bleach doesn’t get on your next load of colors!

Specific tasks for the kitchen:

Time to move the fridge — The coils and fan area at the back of your refrigerator can definitely get gummed up over time. Unplug your unit and pull it away gently from the wall. While the coils can be at the front / bottom of the fridge, they are sometimes found at the back and the condenser fan is definitely back there. Use a vacuum to remove all of the dust and debris that has accumulated for better overall functioning and efficiency.

Get to ground level and look under appliances — If it’s not built-in, move it! Even removing the warming drawer at the base of your stove will reveal all manner of crumbs and detritus that are attractive to bugs and vermin, so getting down to ground level and making sure that you clean under appliances where food is prepared is just good sense!

Specific tasks for bedrooms:

Eliminate mattress dust — Most people remember to flip and rotate their mattress but what about cleaning it? It’s great if you have a cover for it, but that isn’t foolproof protection for dirt, dust bunnies and so on. A better option is to remove (and wash) the cover, and vacuum your mattress, including the nooks and crannies at the edges. If you sprinkle it with baking soda and let that sit for an hour before vacuuming, you will pick up a lot more debris and the soda will deodorize your mattress from any lingering scents. 

Wash your pillows — Washing pillowcases is a no brainer but as they aren’t drool proof, washing your pillows once in a while is a good idea too. Double check the labels to make sure that you can do it! This task can be a bit much for a standard washing machine, so you might need to take them to a laundromat with a high-capacity machine to get the job done but you’ll sleep better for the effort!

While this might seem like a daunting list of tasks, on top of the normal spring-cleaning effort, just remember that you don’t have it get it all done in one day. Take it a room at a time, over several weeks, but you’ll be glad of the effort when it’s all done, and you have a sparkling clean, fresh space to call home.

Marty Basher is the design and organization expert with Modular Closets. Marty regularly contributes on topics of DIY renovations, home design, organization, improvement and more, helping home owners get the most of the spaces in their home. Modular Closets are high-quality and easy-to-design closet systems made in the USA that you can order, assemble and install yourself, in no time at all. Using closet modules (closet pieces you can mix & match to design your own modular closet), homeowners everywhere are empowered to achieve a true custom look- for nearly 40% less than standard custom closets.

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BALANCING SENTIMENTAL VALUE WITH DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING

Now that we are sheltering at home, many of us will start to tackle house related projects, including decluttering and organizing. But, letting go of things isn’t always easy. How much stuff do you have in your house that you keep around for purely sentimental reasons? Like that old t-shirt from a favorite vacation or the set of silverware that belonged to your grandparents?

While we all want to hold on to special memories, the impulse to “hold on to things” can quickly lead to clutter and mess if left unchecked. It’s important to balance the need to save with the need to streamline and get organized.

Admittedly, it can feel hard to have to give up precious family possessions. If you’re struggling with belongings of sentimental value while trying to declutter your home, try these tips:

1. CREATE A KEEPSAKE STRATEGY

If your sentimental belongings are starting to take over rooms in your home, it may be time to create a keepsake strategy and evaluate each item.

For example, if you recently lost a close family member, it can be tempting to want to hold on to so many of their possessions. But the truth is, even if your grandmother was the best knitter in the world, there’s no need for you to hold on to every blanket and sweater she made.

Divide your sentimental items into categories, and make a point to only keep a few from each category. For all your sentimental items, ask yourself:

  • Why is this specific item sentimental? If it’s because of the person you got it from, consider if you can remember the person and the special memory without this particular item.
  • Is this an item you’ll use?
  • Can you give it to someone who would get more use and value out of it?

Hopefully with this keepsake strategy, you’ll hold on to only a manageable number of sentimental belongings.

2. SAVE IT TO THE CLOUD

Rather than keeping large bulky physical items, can you take a photo and save it to the cloud? New research demonstrates that taking and keeping a digital photo can help you both preserve a memory (sometimes even longer than a physical item which may fade or grow moldy) while also decluttering your home.

You may even prefer to take digital photos of old family albums, as the digital photos will last longer without taking up space in your house.

3. KEEP THINGS IN THE FAMILY

While it may feel difficult to have to give up a precious family heirloom, ask yourself if it’s time to pass it on to someone else in the family who can now get better use from it.

 If it feels right, you might even want to give items to close friends, including them in the circle of your “wider family.” It might be the best way to keep family heirlooms and traditions going into the future.

4. DO GOOD

If there’s no one you know who might be able to use your old sentimental items, maybe you can give them away to someone in need.

While it can be hard to part with something you love, the knowledge that someone else can need it and appreciate it even more might help you feel better about your choice to give things away.

5. FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

While you certainly want to never forget where you came from, you also want to make sure you’re not stuck in the past.

It can be soothing and healing to spend some time in nostalgia. But don’t lose sight of your useful future goal to declutter and organize your home. Streamlining your possessions will help everyone in your home live calmly and more efficiently, and that’s definitely a worthwhile reason to declutter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marty Basher is the design expert with Modular Closets. Marty regularly contributes on topics of home design, organization, improvement and more, helping home owners get the most out of the spaces in their home. Modular Closets are high-quality and easy-to-design closet systems made in the USA you can order, assemble and install yourself, in no time at all.