Last week I talked about Christmas, yes I know, sorry about that, but is it just me or does each year go by quicker? I guess I'm getting old as my parents often tell me that time speeds up the older you get. Which does make me think you really need to appreciate every single day as they whizz past you and that it never too early to be planning for events or holidays and celebrations and of course, back to school and the changing seasons.
Even if, like me you don't have children, we are coming up to a time of the year where you start to think about getting organised as the seasons change. Priorities change and it's time to think less about how can I manage my day so I get out and get some sunshine and more about preparing for autumn and winter and all the lovely celebrations that come with them.
I find that I want to organise and clean, a bit like I do in spring. It's a great time of year to have a sort out, take it all to the car boot and feel a bit lighter before we hunker down for cold weather.
I recently went through my house and organised it according to Feng Shui principles too. I picked up a great book years ago and used the information to Feng Shui a previous property and had such success with that, I decided that our present home needed a bit of a change. The book is 'Feng Shui for Your Home' by Sarah Shurety, published in 1997. It's a good basic book for all things Feng Shui and I've found it easy to use and follow. Backed up by a bit of internet research this time, I've made changes to most rooms in the house. You can pick up the book very cheaply on Amazon.
And....well, each to their own but even if by simply making the changes that I have, I certainly feel better for having done it. So whether you believe in the art or not, that has to be a good thing hasn't it?! And as the practise is millennia old, there must be something in it.
The major principle of Feng Shui is less clutter and lets face it, a less cluttered house definitely means a less cluttered mind and you feel more free in your space. I've had a good sort out, throwing away all the broken objects that were waiting to be taken to the tip (and had been for months), I've found a proper home for things left lying around (again, for months), I have used baskets to sort things like my fabric collections and the list goes on. Naturally I've used baskets that are available here on Tiddler & Fox!
But I've not just been tidying but adding things to particular spaces, again according to Feng Shui but also just changing things like pictures that were in the wrong place and now look much better hanging in a different room. I still have a couple of rooms to organise and love looking through Pinterest for ideas of how to be a bit more creative with storage.
It's a good time of year to start thinking about new recipes to try in the autumn and winter too and how to get my home ready for winter. We have already had our first delivery of logs and had the log burner swept yesterday!
I've put together some Pinterest boards specifically for organising, decorating on the cheap, back to school, eating well for less and added more pins to my boards 'Halloween', Vintage Christmas' and 'Handmade Christmas'. All the things that are on my mind and I hope you find them useful too. You can find them all here.
For good storage solutions and ideas for how to organise your home, check out online market places such as Etsy and notonthehighstreet.com for unusual and unique finds and help support small businesses, Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis are always good places to turn for quality and practicality in storage and homewares, as is Lakeland for great storage ideas (and lots of other things you never knew you needed!). And such a great time of year to check them out as many have their summer sales on now.
For faux blooms for that last blush of summer, Jane Packer has released a new range for Sainsbury's and are very realistic and well priced.
I also love looking through the websites of Cox & Cox, Loaf, Oka (summer sale now on!), The Linen Works and also Labour and Wait, which is a great website for back to basic vintage style household items, clothing and homewares.
Thinking about lighting, try Pooky for lamps and shades that are truly inspired and great value. And of course, if you are looking for beautiful throws and fab storage baskets then hop over to the shop pages of this website!
Don't forget great home mags such as House Beautiful and Country Homes & Interiors for brilliant interiors inspiration and decorating ideas.