10 Ways to Ease Into Fall

Somewhere around Labor Day weekend, I start feeling antsy for fall. I’m tired of the Florida heat, humidity and daily thunderstorms. I’m ready for pumpkin everything, a chill in the air, weekend outings to the pumpkin patch and little touches of a new season scattered around the house. Given the pumpkin patches won’t be open for another month and there won’t be a chill in the air until late October here are 10 easy ways to ease into the fall season if the trees around your house are still covered in green leaves:

Research Magazines, Blogs and Pinterest for Fall Inspiration – I’ve had a love affair with magazines ever since I was little. I have three big baskets filled with all of my favorite issues most of them contain post-it notes or have the edges of pages folded down with images I want to remember. Although some are a few years old it makes me excited to look through them again and find inspiration for this year’s theme.

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Enjoy Fall Scented Candles – There’s nothing like coming home after a long day of work, lighting a fall scented candle and allowing the warm scent of pumpkin spice or marshmallows to fill each room. If candles aren’t an option for you, consider making a simmer pot filled with apples and cinnamon sticks or oranges and cloves.

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Bring the Fall Decorations Down From the Attic – It’s always fun to go back through boxes of decorations and discover items I’m excited to use again. If I’ve used something on the mantle one year, I’ll try to repurpose it in say the dining room next year. It always forces me to be both creative and cost conscious from one year to the next.

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Collect and Launder Seasonal Blankets – We usually keep our warm blankets on the top shelf of the closet because we don’t use them until late October or early November. Even though you may not need them for snuggling by the fire right away, they can add a pop of color to cozy chairs and comfy couches.

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Stock up on Baking Spices – I love to bake all year but the oven really gets a work out around the holidays. Start stocking up on spices and nuts now so you’ll have everything at the ready when it’s time to start making pies, cookies and yummy cakes.

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Change Up Your Morning Brew – I love seasonal coffees and coffee creamers. It’s a morning ritual I look forward to every day. I’ll be stocking up on my favorites flavors of coffees, creamers and syrups so I can enjoy hot and cold beverages all season long.

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Play Around with Vintage China and Place Settings – Whether you’re entertaining a close friend or hosting a gathering of 21 start putting together place settings now to help lesson the stress of entertaining later.

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Spruce Up Your Porch – Pick up fall flowers at your local farmers market, nursery or home improvement store. They’ll help add color to your front porch and throughout your home.

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Stock Up on Craft Items – Start using weekly coupons now to stock up on craft supply items. That way, you’ll have everything you need to craft all season long.

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Bonus Tip – Start cleaning out your closets and drawers this month.  I know some of you had quite a bit of school shopping to do this year. Donate gently used items your kids have outgrown instead of fighting to keep the shirts that don’t fit anymore in the drawers. Your family will enjoy putting away the laundry so much more. Ok, so maybe enjoy is a stretch but it will make things easier.

Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

    • says

      This gives me the giggles because we just had to make sure our “hurricane readiness plan” was updated and ready to go. The “fall readiness plan” sounds so much better :) i can’t wait to see what you’re up to. Hugs, Coco

    • says

      Oh my gosh, Mary Beth, I totally agree with you! I swear we were just celebrating the New Year. It’s flying by at warp speed. I’ve been burning a pumpkin spice candle every day to help get me in the swing of things…now if we could just get the 98 degree weather to cooperate :) Hope your day is a fun one, CoCo

  1. says

    These are some really great tips! I really need to up my seasonal coffee game ;) I love the suggesting of cleaning out the closets and getting rid of things we don’t need. I know that there are times I can focus so much on everything else, I think this would definitely help get rid of some clutter.

    Have an awesome weekend my sweet friend!

    • says

      Angeline, I’ve started cleaning out my closets too! I try to do at least one room a day so that way by the end of the week I’ll have the house finished. I’m ready to break out my fall sweaters but I know it’s going to be a while before that actually happens :) Seasonal coffees have my heart. They would be so good with your cookie and doughnut recipes. Hope your weekend has been a fun one, CoCo

  2. mary scott says

    What you are doing is what I am doing in Dallas TX this week as it will be 100 (still) this weekend. WE need no blankets or jackets until at least November. But I decorate for autumn & Halloween now anyway. I do see my 3 red oak trees in my front yard are starting to drop small acorns, & that signals ‘fall is coming’ to me. I love all your terrific ideas! Happy fall!

    • says

      Mary, your red oak trees sound so beautiful. I can’t believe it’s still 100 in Texas but after having lived in El Paso, I can totally appreciate your heat :) I’ve been working to add some fall touches to the house and I saw mums at the store for the first time this weekend. I know we have a little bit longer to go but I am definitely ready for a new season. Thanks so much for your comment and Happy Fall to you too! CoCo

  3. says

    I am with you coco! It was 101 here yesterday. All I want is a cool fall full of sweaters, boots, and pumpkins. So were slowly trying to ease into it here and I love all of your ideas! Thanks for sharing at our Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! Party!

    Cat

  4. says

    So many good ideas CoCo and all are helpful ways to ease into the season. I drag my heels leaving summer and these could inspire me to “embrace the change” ~ well that may be a stretch ~ but more motivated than I was before your wonderful post! Thanks for sharing :-) Bwg ~~~

    • says

      Ha ha, I’m happy to motivate :) I know you’re a summer girl from top to bottom. Good thing you’re an expert at keeping your bluwater style no matter what the season. Hugs, CoCo

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