October is now in full swing, and here in the Northwest, the leaves are starting to look truly stunning. Bright reds, oranges, and yellows provide a striking contrast to thick patches of tall evergreens. I’m glad the Northwest is providing fall colors as vibrant as in my home state of Michigan. If you live in an area that doesn’t get to witness the transformation and beauty in each distinct season, you are truly missing out.
Red. Fire is Red…
Speaking of bright red, not only is the second week of October Fire Prevention Week, but Friday the 9th is also Fire Prevention Day. The observance commemorates the Great Chicago Fire that swept through the Windy City On October 8th and 9th, 1871. Visit the NFPA’s organization site to learn more about whether it was really O’Leary’s cow that started it all (you might be surprised).
Each year there’s a different theme, and this year’s is “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
If you live in an apartment, smoke alarms are normally the responsibility of property management. Now’s a great time to make sure yours are present and working properly. If not, put in a maintenance request right away – your life might depend on it.
On the Lighter Side…
Friday also happens to be “Curious Events Day.” The premise is to engage in a curious activity (spelunking, perhaps?) or learn about something that piques your curiosity: how things really work, what’s on the other side of the park, whether aliens really exist…you get the picture. Curiously, no one seems to know who started it. I wonder why?
If you care to look at some of the award-winning multi-family developments across the country this year, go here. Ratings were based on categories such as “Adaptive Reuse,” “Affordability,” “Apartment Renovation,” and “Best Use of Technology.”
Organizing Your Home (and Life)…
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for fresh inspiration on how to be more organized. Here’s a list of 40 Fast Ways to Clear Clutter.
Each item in this list is succinct and simple, which makes it easy to choose a few at a time to put into practice and avoid getting overwhelmed. I should have followed this strategy when I tackled my closet last weekend (it won). Besides having started too late in the day, what began as a simple summer/winter clothing swap turned into a complete overhaul I had to leave unfinished.
Another tiny-home blogger approached this problem by making herself a list of personal “October Intentions.” She purposely created a list of small, step-by-step goals to realistically achieve in the month of October. I think this is a great way to approach your to-do list all year long.
Tiny Home Tech…
Technology is truly astounding. Recently revealed at the EXPO Milano 2015, the Ikea Concept Kitchen 2025 includes a high-tech table called the Table for Living. Not only does the table tell you what you can make with your ingredients, but it can cook it for you, too! Watch the video for a visual demonstration.
Slightly less amazing, but no less helpful, these stackable pots will make your tiny cupboard kitchen space go further.
Inspiration and Advice…
As a fellow control freak, I can completely understand the advice from this blog titled Letting Go of the Need for Control. One of my favorite quotes is: “I don’t need to control things to enjoy them. I can just let things happen.” Some of the most special memories in life are spontaneous moments that weren’t a part of our plans.
Even though it’s not necessary or beneficial to always have control of your circumstances, having a handle on your finances is one exception. Summer vacations and special events tend to overextend our finances, making fall a good time to reexamine your budget and commit to following it, especially as you plan for the holiday shopping season. These 9 Frugal Living Tips for Practical Renters might help.
Happy reading, and enjoy the weekend!