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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • As leaves arrive, good time to get house in order for months ahead

  • With fall arriving, things are changing not only weather-wise, but inside and outside your home. Nancy Beasanski, a professional organizer, says there are things you can do to navigate these changes.
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  • With fall arriving, things are changing not only weather-wise, but inside and outside your home.
    Nancy Beasanski, a professional organizer, says there are things you can do to navigate these changes.
    "As far as the house, there's changes in time, with darkness coming more early in the day," notes Beasanski, of Galva.
    "A lot of people don't think of decorating as part of organizing," she says, counteracting that increased darkness outside that can affect moods, "but if you bring out colors that go with the season, it just makes things cheery and makes things go along more smoothly, and makes the transition into the holidays more gradual."
    Beasanski, who worked many years in the Chicago area helping people organize their homes, also says it helps to think of the operation of the home's interior as summer's heat gives way to fall's coolness, followed by frigid winter.
    "A woman might start doing more baking, for instance," Beasanki said. "And, in the summer, you might eater lighter food fare, so a transition to more traditional fall meals brings a bit of change.
    "She'll shop differently as a result, so it might be good to think about redoing her storage and perhaps a few things about how she organizes her kitchen."
    With school back in session, kids often bring home homework. Where they work on that can affect how the family functions in the home as well.
    "They need a place to do their work, a place to spread out. They need a place to stack those books and back packs and things like those 'model volcanoes' they need for science class – things that can take over your house," she said, smiling. "A study area's really important."
    The dynamics of the home might change, too, with family members being inside all at the same time much more than they were during summer months.
    "The husband is going to be a bit of a bear and in his 'cave' and not move around as much," she laughs.
    The concentrated time together can be a good time for interaction, too, if handled correctly.
    "Think of activities the family can do together in the house and have room for all that," Beasanki urges. "Plan on having different games, and not just flopping in front of the TV."
    Putting away summer clothes and pulling out fall clothing is a natural part of the season. Beasanski says planning how best to do that can be helpful.
    "With kids out-growing things, you're letting go of some things and handing down some other things to younger siblings," she noted. "And, you might need shoe repair or maybe a tailor, or finding time in your schedule to repair those things yourself."
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