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Fall decor/organized junk drawer

I was going to make a fun “Fall to-do list.”  Something similar to my Summer to-do list:

Only of course it would say things like – visit a pumpkin patch, go to a Charger game, make apple cider, carve pumpkins, make a leaf banner, etc. etc. etc.  

BUT then I had a reality check.

My 2012 Fall to-do list: choose roof tile, last walk through for windows/doors, final decisions on which cabinets will be face frame, finalize all cabinet sketches (getting close to not being able to tweak things – yikes!), order fireplaces, go over solar panel bids, start looking at exterior rock, choose door hardware, start looking at bathroom tile and counter tops, meet with electricians to decide locations of plug outlets and light switches, etc. etc. etc.

Anyway.  You get the picture.  :)  All things fun for Fall will have to wait until next year.  I’m ok with that.  Especially since it was over 90 degrees on the coast today.

Things aren’t quite feeling like Fall around here!  (Love this recent pic of Kenny leaving the beach.  It makes me smile because he complains every time about how I over pack, but still ends up being a good sport and hauling all of the stuff for me.  Almost as sexy as when he loads the dishwasher or vacuums the floor…)

I haven’t had much time to decorate for Fall but I thought I’d share a few things I’ve done (even though they are pretty much the same as last year).  I’m so anxious to get into my new house and start mixing up my decor!  Patience!  Trying to be patient.  :)

I decorated my mantel the same as last year.  
Put this together and tossed a few other pumpkins around in random places.

And I developed some of our favorite Halloween pictures for my aqua frame.  
The girls love looking at these.  Here’s a closer look at some of their past Halloween costumes – 

You may notice that there are no pics of my little dude in the frame.  
That’s because once again I am showcasing his pics here:

And because his past Halloween costumes are both Christmas themed.  These pictures will be making an appearance in December instead.  I’m still trying to figure out what he should be for Halloween this year.  (Santa Claus keeps coming to mind – HA!)  I’m looking for a costume that he will actually keep on.  It’s such a bummer when they grow out of the “put me in anything and I’ll just sit and smile” stage.  We are SO past that stage and are currently in the “if it will make mom’s life difficult I’m gonna go for it” stage.

I didn’t have time to get too creative with my hutch, so it looks pretty similar to last year too.  Still loving the mini white pumpkins!

The next two pictures have more to do with my peace of mind vs. Fall Decor, but here is a before and after of my “junk drawer.”



Much improved!  It took a whole 10 minutes.  I can’t believe I let it stay messy for as long as I did.  I am constantly in and out of this drawer during the day for pens, sticky notes, chapstick, or a screwdriver to change batteries in a toy.  Sometimes the smallest organized spaces have the biggest impact in putting a smile on your face, don’t they?  :)

Enjoy your Thursday everyone!  
xoxo, Erin
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12 thoughts on “Fall decor/organized junk drawer

  1. I am loving this weather too. I can still wear my boots when we go out at night. :) I love the warm days and nights.
    Are the kids excited about dressing up. I love the magic and excitement that little ones have. Your decor looks really cute. Think of the possibilities this time next year. Before you know it, you will be in your new house. Then you can start new memories! I almost have my husband talked into moving. We put so much money into this house, but we have grown out of it. Well, my storage situation has grown smaller. I want a larger one level floor plan. Wish me luck!!

  2. I love the large photo on the mantle of the kids, so sweet. And the white pumpkins mixed w/ the orange pumpkins looks great ! Enjoy the kids in the halloween season, its so fun at that age. It gets harder as they get older, they still want to trick or treat but no more cute costumes :( My son is 13 & Always has funny costumes & this year he wants to be ….. Honey Boo Boo, yes you read that right ! Honey BooBoo LOL. Last year he was Snooki. Crazy ! My daughter wants to be a zombie….

  3. Kole makes the CUTEST Santa!! That 2010 photo is classic :) And I’m so excited to go write a Summer to-do list!! :)

    PS: There’s a chance I may be a robot – I’ve just failed my 3rd word verification test lol :)

  4. Cathy – Crossing my fingers for you convincing the husband! FUN! :)

    Thanks everyone! I know Reenie – I’m definitely trying to enjoy this stage of “cute” costumes. The scary ones are too much for me! Your son sounds hilarious. :)

    Jill – My mom actually bought those little clothespins for me and I’m not sure where she got them. I’ve seen some similar (but a bit larger) at Michaels crafts.

    Sharon – My frame is a little over three feet wide and about 2 1/2 feet from top to bottom. I just measured it for you. :)

    Thanks Amanda! This year Addison is going to wear El’s witch costume and we are thinking Ellie will be her black cat. :) But I haven’t ordered El or Kole anything yet so that could change! I’m totally behind this year when it comes to Halloween. I’m thinking too much about Christmas. Ha! :)

  5. Haha, your BEFORE drawer is what my drawer looks like AFTER it is organised! I think my BEFORE photos might give you heart palpitations ;) You are amazing Erin, I love your style & your neat, organised house. Seriously impressed at how you do it with a hubby & 3 children!

  6. Goodness… your fall to do list makes me nervous. We are getting ready to start the process of building a farmhouse. I am super excited on one hand, but super nervous on the other hand. I know it is going to be crazy stressful and I’m not sure I/we can handle that right now!

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