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By Gabrielle.

Happy November! Halloween is over and I confess, I’m more than okay with that. I typically really enjoy Halloween but this year I seemed to hit my maxed out point sometime last Saturday, and I woke up yesterday dreading the full day of activities. Costumes. School parades. Pumpkin carving. Parties. Trick-or-treating. I think it might have been related to having Halloween fall on a Monday. It’s like it just went a little too long for me this year. But even with my grumpy attitude, we ended up having a really good day yesterday. And now I can happily say goodbye to October.

Which leads me to two things:

1) I’m curious: how quickly do you put away your Halloween stuff? Will you let it linger for awhile — maybe till the weekend? Or did you box it up first thing this morning, done and done? At our house, we’ll pack up the costumes and any Halloween specific decor today after school. But uncarved pumpkins and gourds and mums are welcome to stick around till November. : )

In fact, I haven’t added to our Thanksgiving decor in ages, but I think this year I’d like to buy a cornucopia basket (a horn-like basket). When I was a child, my mom always had one on display on our entry table in November, with fruits and gourds and veggies spilling out of it. A reminder of the abundance of fall.

2) November 1st is the day I like to do a quick once-a-year inventory of our plates, linens, cutlery, glassware, etc.. Do I have enough serving dishes? Serving spoons? It’s useful for anyone to do, but especially if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year. Count up everything (where do all the little spoons go?), and order any replacements right away, so you have time to take advantage of deals and free-shipping discounts before Thanksgiving and the accompanying guests arrive.

How about you? Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Or will you be traveling? Are you already thinking about it, or will you wait a couple more weeks?

P.S. — Lots going on behind the scenes this week as we get ready to relaunch a new Design Mom site. It feels very exciting and my mind is going a mile a minute with ideas, checklists and plans!