September is one of those months where people make resolutions; like New Years’ Day and your birthday month – it’s a time when you try to set new goals for the months/year ahead. I think because September is associated with the end of summer and back to school time, it’s definitely a month to start fresh!
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I’m not sure if I have any new “major” resolutions for September, but I will continue with my move towards a more minimalist lifestyle that I planned in March (yes, my birthday month). Before I get to the usual list of items I share to reach that goal; let’s first say goodbye summer and look at the projects I wanted to tackle this season.
The raised garden is doing good so far… well… sort of. There are some plants that have started producing veggies, and there are others that are still small and I don’t think we’ll get anything out of them before it gets cold :(
The plants on the east side are doing much better, and we have some huge zucchinis, cucumbers and nice red cherry tomatoes. There is even a little pepper on the plant, but it’s still small right now.
The west side plants have not produced any veggies, except for the always splitting (supposed to be big) tomatoes, that our Tootsie doggy also got a hold of. The cherry tomato plant is quite large, but I have not seen any veggies yet. The eggplant will probably not get any bigger either.
Next year we must plant earlier!
I shared the backyard updates in this large post – and that pretty much covers everything there.
In the front yard we are (still) currently working on the walkway and the side yard. I broke up the all digging and dirty work to paint the front door, which was a nice fun project to do (that did not require a lot of muscles and sweat… thank goodness!).
Other things I want to finish before it’s cold:
- Cleaning out the gutters (just a quick clean would be fine)
Going to the dump one last time to clear out extra clutter(done in September)
- Tidying up the porch stones from the front
- Sealing the grout and securing the tiled patio table
- Cleaning and storing our summer furniture
Fix wooden gate hardware(done in September)
To do next summer:
- Landscaping/Planting in the side yard
- Landscaping/Planting along the front walkway
- Building the trellis mini-fences in the front walkway
- Seal the driveway
- Paint the garage (update on our garage coming soon)
- Plant veggies earlier
- Get rid of the old garden
- Flatten the hills + bumps in our yard
- Plant grass seed
- Get rid of weeds in the lawn
- Do some landscaping around the back deck
- Fix the back deck trellis (where Tootsie made a hole)
- Clean/Organize shed
- Replace shed door
- Add siding to the back of the shed
- (Added in October) Stain the fence
And I think that’s it! I may add some more things as I go within the next weeks (or maybe months) – but that’s a good start for now. I feel like when you do landscaping and outdoor work specifically, the first time you tackle a major project it costs the most money, then the year after you do some minor improvements or updates, spending less money; and eventually you just have to maintain whatever it is, which takes the most time, and is ongoing (forever!).
For us, this summer our biggest expenses were purchasing the lumber and dirt for the raised garden beds; the lumber and brackets for the deck benches and step and (soon) the concrete for our front walkway. We won’t have to buy any of those things next year, but will need to spend money on more plants, maybe a tiny bit of soil, and miscellaneous other smaller items. We didn’t really have a budget for the outdoors this year (gasp I know… I feel so wild and unplanned!), but I know that next year we will be spending a lot less!
Moving on to the inside of our house, I continue to clean and try and purge my stuff.
Wait! I just remembered! I do have a mini-resolution for September!
For September, I will be tackling the bathroom organization, and more specifically the area under the sink that seems to be a catch-all for all my random beauty products and toiletries. We have a pantry in the bathroom wherein I store the things I will be using in the future (I like to stock up on shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) but under the sink I have my “single” items (there are not really any duplicates here). I also have a lot of bottles that are almost empty, so the goal is to empty and recycle everything I can!
I also seem to have amassed a large collection of sample packs that I have never really used over the years. I heard that they do expire, but, rather than waste them by throwing them out (like you probably should IF they are expired) I’ll be using them all up instead! I call it “September Sample Sundays” and will be sharing my progress on social media. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, and Like the Madness and Method Facebook Page too.
Can we all tackle the area under our bathroom sinks together?
Won’t that be fun!? Why should I be the one to have all the fun organizing and purging all by myself… I bet you guys have stuff you’re not using too!
Remember the last time I asked you guys to do something… I’m still waiting on your clothing numbers…
In case you missed it, I asked everyone to count their items of clothing in my post “Counting Clothes“, and I shared my number too. I will definitely be updating that list in a few months, as I hope to continue purging items in the meantime. Nevertheless, here is the list of items I have brought in and removed from my house:
Items Removed in August:
- Unused purses/wallets/bags
- Unused jeans + shirts
- Unused shoes
- 15+ more items of clothing
- Misc. décor items
Items Added in August:
- A headband from Up Fest (free)
- Three pair of insoles
- Wen hair wash (which I bought through E-Bates, so I’ll be getting some cash back!)
- An essential oils diffuser + some oils (received as a gift)
- Paint brush + pint of primer for painting the front door
- T-shirt from volleyball (free)
- A steam-punk inspired corset (gift)
Still to remove: unused dresses, bathing suits, perfume, pyjamas, shoes… I still have stuff from my big pile left :( I actually managed to not buy any clothing I didn’t need during the month of August, but I did get a lot of free stuff, so it did add up.
Budget-wise, I did overspend because of my trip to Miami, but I saved money on groceries (no, it doesn’t balance unfortunately!). I am not going anywhere in September (that I know of at least) so I should be back on track with the normal spending limit of 100$ per week.
Book(s) Read in August: 100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People
I want to also try reading more books; with all the travelling I did this summer, it took me a few months to actually finish this one – but the plan is to try and read at least one book per month.
Have you read any good books lately? I have a list of 3-5 books I want to read, but none of them are fiction – so maybe you have some good suggestions? I normally read books at night before I go to bed, so I haven’t been powering through them too quickly. When I read-read, I picture myself snuggled up on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, maybe drinking some hot chocolate? Thank goodness autumn is coming… it’s the perfect season for that!
And, even though we have a strange heat wave here this week after it being very cold, the leaves have started to change colours already. The seasons are a changin’.
Are the leaves changing colours where you are? Let me know what your plans are for September, okay!?