It’s that time of year again; the leaves are falling, temperatures are cooling down and children are preparing for trick-or-treating. However, does your house look scary? Has your living room become a storage room? Is avoiding clutter on the floor part of your daily routine? If so, it might be time for some seasonal cleaning.

Despite the many distractions the fall has to offer, such as football, festivals, pumpkin patches and apple picking, it’s the perfect time to get organized before the winter holiday craze commences.

Need a little motivation to get started? Don’t worry – it’s not as spooky as it sounds. Here are some helpful tips:

Take note of what you have: The American Cleaning Institute has this on its list as the first tip, and we agree with its ranking. Knowing what you have is important so you can sort it all later on. Make an inventory list so you can easily keep track of what and how much of each item you own.

Group items into categories: It seems obvious, but this will help you out in the long run. For example, you don’t want to find art supplies in an electronics bin, unless you want your cables to have a fresh coat of paint. Use boxes, labels or anything else that will help you stay organized.

Make a checklist of tasks: Done with listing and sorting your items? Give it a check on your to-do list! Wait – another list? But why? This provides an extra boost that will help you keep going as you continue to get things done and prevent you from forgetting anything.

Clean the closet & garage: This is probably the most frightening task of all. However, by now, you’re an expert. Let’s face it, most of us just shove anything that will fit into the closet or garage to make sure the rest of the house stays clean. By using the three tips above, it’ll be easy to ensure that you can actually fit your car or clothes into these spaces.

Store summer-related items: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the days of lounging on pool floats are over. It’s time to pack up the last hints of summer and embrace fall head-on. If the traditional storage spaces inside your house are at capacity, offsite storage is a great option for you.

Use MyPorter’s on-demand storage: Hi – that’s us! There are a lot of storage options, so why go with MyPorter? Thanks to our affordable moving and storage services in Atlanta, cleaning up your items is as easy as eating too much candy on Halloween. We’ll come package up your excess items, create an online inventory to help you keep track of it all, and will quickly return any items you need. You won’t have to worry about boxes piling up in your closet or living room anymore.

If you need extra storage for the fall, we’ve got you covered – space at our facility is available now. Learn more at myporter.com