6 Ways to Make the Most of This Weekend

Be a good neighbor, get your roses in shape and start thinking about Halloween decor

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It’s time to flip the calendar page from September to October — celebrate the new month (and the start of sweater weather) with an antiquing trip, a laundry room tweak or a neighborly gesture. And for those who count Halloween among their favorite holidays, this weekend is a great time to get a head start on planning that frightfully good costume party or spooky haunted house.

1. Celebrate Good Neighbor Day. Thursday, Sept. 28, is National Good Neighbor Day. Why not use this as a reminder to get out there and connect with the people on your street? There are lots of ways to do this, no matter how well you know (or don’t know) your neighbors. Here are a few ideas:

  • Bring over some good old-fashioned baked goods and introduce yourself to neighbors you haven’t yet met.
  • Share surplus fruit from your trees or veggies from the garden.

  • Organize a meal train for a new parent on the block.

  • Host an open house, potluck or outdoor movie night.
  • Simply sit outside on the porch and say hi to neighbors who pass by.

Simple Pleasures: The Art of Being Neighborly


2. Go antiquing. If you’re an antiques lover in the Texas area, the place to be this weekend is the small town of Round Top, Texas, which plays host to one of the largest antiques events in the country. Antique Weekend in Round Top has been going strong since 1968 — and yes, the show will go on, even post-Hurricane Harvey. Show schedules and dates vary by location; visit Round Top Antique Show for details.

Not in Texas? No worries. If no fair is going on near you, load up your antiquing supplies (a measuring tape is key!) and head out on your own adventure to explore local antiques venues and estate sales.

A Texas-Sized Antiques Fair in Round Top

3. Take baby steps toward a paperless home office. Going totally paperless may not be possible, but moving in that direction, bit by bit, is certainly a worthy goal. Kick off the process this weekend by choosing a few common bills to switch to paperless statements.

Online Tools Help Paperless Plunge


4. Add drying space to your laundry room. It’s sweater weather — which means more woolens taking up space on the drying rack. Give those pullovers and cardigans a bit of breathing room with an extra drying rack. To save space, look for a version that folds up when not in use.

The Hardworking Laundry: Make Room for Hanging the Wash


5. Help roses get ready for fall. If you live in a cold-winter region (Zone 7 on the USDA plant hardiness map and below), stop deadheading roses eight weeks before the date of the first frost to help slow their growth in preparation for winter. Those in warmer regions (Zone 8 and above) can give roses a little TLC after the heat of summer by lightly pruning and applying rose fertilizer.

Your Complete Guide to Fall Rose Care


6. Start thinking about Halloween. Don’t let Halloween sneak up on you — if you usually participate in Halloween festivities, this is a good time to begin making plans and stocking up on supplies. Getting a head start on shopping (or crafting) is especially smart if you’re hosting a Halloween party or if you like to go all-out with the Halloween decor.

Tell us: What are you looking forward to this weekend? Share in the Comments.

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