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Labor Day weekend has come and gone, school is back in session and the air is starting to get a little bit crisper. We all know what that means – summer is on its way out, and fall is just around the corner!

It’s rarely easy saying goodbye to summer, but the time has come to transition those closets, gather up the last summer fruits and veggies and bring out the fall decorations.

Whether you’re transitioning your closets or reorganizing the garage for fall and winter, we have a few storage tips that will make the transition a little easier.

Preserve Your Produce

In my book, one of the best things about summer is the produce. There are so many options in the summer. Zucchini, peaches, tomatoes, berries, peppers – the list goes on and on.

The good news is that you don’t have to go months without your favorite produce. Much of summer’s crops can be preserved by canning, freezing or, in some cases, storing them in a cool, dry place.

So don’t feel like you need to binge on all of the peaches from the farmers market this weekend. Take a look at Bon Appétit’s instructions for how to preserve your summer favorites for the colder months and enjoy them all fall (and maybe winter) long.

Purge Your Closets

Hot, sunny days are fewer and farther between, so you’re probably moving out some of those shorts and breezy tops to make room for sweaters and button-ups.

While you’re transitioning your wardrobe, use this time to purge any unused items. If there’s an outfit that sat in your closet all summer long, chances are you’re not going to wear it next summer, either. Consider donating unneeded clothing to a local charity or thrift store.

The same goes for other storage areas. Do you have a lawn game that never gets played in the summer and just takes up space? If you haven’t used it this summer, you’re not likely to next year. Clear that out and give yourself a little more space.

Add an Organization Center

If you don’t already have an organization center, fall is the perfect time to add one to your home. The kids are back in school, which means extracurricular activities and fall sports are bound to start filling up the calendar again.

This doesn’t have to be a big undertaking – start with a calendar and maybe a corkboard for the fliers and invitations that get sent home from school.

If you want to take it to the next level, consider adding some wall hooks or baskets to store bags, sports equipment and cold-weather gear. That way, everyone can easily see what’s going on that week, what’s coming up and where things are.

Do Some Fall Cleaning

You’re already transitioning closets and storage spaces, so while they’re getting cleared out, you might as well give them a good deep clean. I know this is usually saved for springtime, but doing a little deep cleaning in the fall will make spring cleaning that much easier.

As you clear out your closets, vacuum or mop the floors and wash down any shelves. When you put clothes back in, take some time to organize them a little. This will make your mornings much easier, especially in children’s rooms.

If you’re going through your pantry to take inventory for all your fall baking ingredients, wash down the shelves and any of those baking pans that may have been sitting there all summer. It’ll make life easier in the months to come.

Once you’ve organized, cleaned and decluttered, you can kick back, enjoy the changing of the seasons and deck out your home with some festive fall decor!

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