Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall Decorations

Starting at the fridge we will work our way around the room. Ill explain my fridge, I have a window cling leaf, my daily FlyChart, a fall-y note pad (I got it last year or the year before at a thrift store and I pack it up with my fall decor so I can use it again each year until the pages are gone. I love note pads. The magnet to the far right is photo holder that has the dinner plan from my meal planning system. I can then see what the plan is for preparations. Its a new system, It seems to work, so I intend to pretty this up a little.

This is the back of my front door (its metal) I added a fall ribbon to the Command Hook that holds the  FlyLady calendar up. To the left are some to-dos (DH's) and a bill to mail out. 

Even my key hooks got a little fall flair.

shelf in the entry way, a normal hot spot/launch pad. I don't do much launching currently, we stay home often and rarely need anything when we go, (the diaper bag stays stocked in the car). When school starts in a few weeks I will likely have my back pack on the floor here and anything else on the shelf. 

Window in the living room. Not sure how long the punkies in the windowsill will last with Ellie the mountain climber, but we will see. At least theyre not breakable. 

Kitchen counter bowl. Ellie has been sort of a picky eater lately, eating mostly fruit, so I hope keeping it in the fridge while this decor is here will keep it out of sight and she will eat more protein and veggies. 

Door to the craft room/office. I took down three little pictures that were where the cornicopia planter is. I found to prevent the room from looking too cluttered with decor, and for the decor to look right, its best to remove year round decor when putting up seasonal stuff. 
Top of TV, I need to re-hang the picture that normally hangs above the tv hiding the outlets. Theyre there if/when we ever get a flat screen wall mounted tv. You know when we come into some money. 
Door to the poker room
My shiny sink. 
Even the stove gets some love. 
A full on shot of the fridge, all the fall colored towels and wash cloths get packed up with the fall decor. Its nice to have some fresh colors in the kitchen. When I put fall decor towels in the bathroom on Thankgiving too. 
Shelves above the changing table in the bathroom
Above the toilet. I just got some shelves to put there though, which I hope to install in the next few days so this will likely change. 
Back of the bathroom door. He likes to watch us pee. jk, thats creepy. 
I also have a pumpkin shaped soap dispenser that I will be filling with orange soap, our current pump refill uses a clear soap though. There are more boxes in the attic, things like more placemats, throw pillows and blankets and a few more towels and the like are still up there. I will add to this post when I finish. I also hung decorations outside, but I intend to do quite a bit more out there, so I will probably do another post for outside. 

Early October, I swap some of the decor out for more Halloween-y decor. Early November, I swap the  Halloween for more Thanksgiving-ish stuff, turkeys, more pumpkins etc. 

Fall is my favorite time of year. It still feels like summer, especially because my school doesnt start until late September, and the weather has been pretty warm until yesterday. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Looking up - Kelly's Kitchen Mission

Above my cabinets I have some baskets for storing the less often needed items, I have worked on this area before, It just needed a little purging and some labels, which I bought months ago.
I also wiped down all the cabinets up there that I could reach and the top of the microwave

I drawer/bag/shelf a day challenge day 1

Baby Steps Day 2

I kept my sink shiny since Friday, it is very nice! Today is day 2. Baby Step: Get dressed to shoes, hair make-up. read more about the importance here.
I won't go into why this is important, you can read it on
I don't wear make up more than just very special occasions or when I feel like it for mildly special occasions. The habit I will be working on is brushing my hair thoroughly every day. I often just toss it in a messy bun around the house. Then it's a pain to brush when we go places, often I brush in the car on the way. Sometimes I just fix the messy bun. It's embarrassing. If I brush it in the morning as I'm getting dressed, it will be easy peasy to touch up on the way out the door. Today, I brushed my hair  and dressed to flip flops and we were off.
 Instead of lace up shoes, this is where my feet were.

I can say that I'm grateful for the bbr because we had a peaceful start to the day and were ahead of schedule to leave it wasn't a big deal when we had to pull over and deal with Ellie having thrown up in her car seat on the way.
At the end of the day, we got home and I washed the puke and beach laundry right away. Seeing my mostly clean house kept me calm and I was able to reflect on the nice day we had.
Then I remembered to check the mail (didn't get it yesterday) and my FlyLady Calendar came. I love it!!!! It's got huge lined squares, the stickers are fun too. I filled in as much as I could and hung it up. Then I checked to see if I could pay any more bills yet for September, just so I could mark paid on the calendar! 

Next I remembered we were focusing on the BBR, which includes taking care of a hotspot for 2 minutes. This is right next to my front door. I forgot to set the timer for 2 minutes bit it didnt take long at all. Mail is sorted and junk is recycled.I found better homes for a few things too. 

My sink was still shiney from yesterday since we didnt eat at home at all today. I had one thing to wash so I took care of it and dried the sink out. Im off to go brush teeth and head to bed (although not at a decent hour)