This piece originally appeared on MyRecipes.com.
Ah, fall. There’s no time quite as thrilling as that period between the end of summer and the beginning of winter. The leaves are changing colors, the kids are back in school, football season is well underway, and I can finally wear layers and boots. Yes, if I could pick one season to live in year-round, it’d be autumn—and not just because of PSL and caramel apple everything either. I prefer fall to every other season because it gives me the perfect, guilt-free excuse to stay indoors. As the season changes and the temperature drops, I find myself wanting to be cozied up inside more often and cooking more frequently. Wrapping up in a warm blanket, sitting on the couch for a Hulu binge-session, and eating a big bowl of something comforting is an ideal autumn evening for me.
The problem, though, with increasing my great indoors time is that I typically accumulate way too much clutter and I’m less organized in the kitchen as I’m cooking a little more intensively. Which is why I believe this is a good point in the year to take a few Saturday afternoon hours, embrace the urge to purge, and ready your home (specifically, the kitchen) for increased habitation this season. Unlike spring cleaning, fall cleaning is not exactly about airing out your home, organizing closets, or giving your floors a proper scrubbing (I mean, you totally can do that… I just probably won’t). No, it’s more about making space in the kitchen for heartier cooking action and hitting the reset button so you feel more comfortable during the hibernation months.