Today, I want to share with you 17 ways to ease into fall. Now, if you’re living in the South or the Southwest you may not even want to think about fall yet. I totally get it. Late last week it was 89 degrees in Florida which you could argue was a big break from the high 90s we’ve been having this summer. On this day in particular the humidity was at 81% which made everything hot and sticky and even the plants on the front porch had gone limp.
It does not feel like fall is on the way at all, you guys but schools starting back soon which means fall and pumpkin spice lattes are just around corner.
So rather than just jump on the “all things fall” bandwagon, I was thinking it might take the pressure off just a little bit to ease into fall, you know? And start taking a few moments here and there while we’re still crossing off things on our summer bucket list to start thinking about the season that is full of cozy.
Here are 17 ways to ease into fall… (Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)
Plan a Fall Trip to See the Leaves Change or Go on an Apple Picking Expedition – Last year, we were fortunate enough to be at the cabin as the leaves were changing and the apples were ripe for picking. It’s one of our favorite times to be in the mountains and a trip we always look forward to. The fall season is a great time to reconnect with your family and friends after a busy summer filled with activities. There’s nothing like cozying up to the fire, putting a puzzle together and enjoying each other.
Research Magazines, Blogs and Pinterest for Fall Inspiration Ideas – As I have shared so many times in the past, I have a serious love affair with magazines. I keep three big baskets filled with all my favorite issues. Most of them contain post-it notes or have the edges of pages folded down with images I feel inspired by. Although some are a few years old, it makes me excited to look through the pages again and rediscover classic autumn decorating ideas.
Start Including Fall Recipes & Seasonal Ingredients in Your Menu Plans – Whether it be honey crisp apples, pumpkins, multiple squash varieties, soups or slow cooker recipes there are so many different ways to incorporate seasonal foods into your weekly meal plan. I have a serious sweet tooth so I’m looking forward to a fantastic baking season. These moist Salted Caramel Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes are always a crowd pleaser.
Chose a Fall Color Palette – There are so many gorgeous Fall colors to incorporate in your home. From cinnamon, saffron, plum, burnt sienna, pumpkin, sage, teal, taupe, stormy gray, ivory…the list goes on and on! The key is choosing a palette that is consistent with the rest of your home. You don’t want to be lake house in one part of the house, farmhouse in another and boho chic in another, you see what I’m saying? Keeping your fall color palette consistent with the rest of your home will create that “pulled together” look all season.
Bring the Fall Decorations Down from the Attic – It’s always fun to go back through boxes of decorations and discover items we may have forgotten about from one year to the next. 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.
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. I picked up this Manly Indulgence Sea Salt and Ginger candle yesterday from Marshalls for less than $10. If candles aren’t an option for you, consider making a simmer pot filled with apples and cinnamon sticks or oranges and cloves. You can find other seasonal variations here.
Play Around with Vintage China and Fall Inspired Place Settings – Whether you’re entertaining a close friend or hosting a large gathering start putting together place settings now to help lessen the stress of entertaining later. I’ve used everything from produce found at the farmers market to dollar store pumpkins to help bring our fall table setting to life. Believe me, it doesn’t have to be anything expensive or fancy!
Spruce Up Your Porch – We’re huge fans of mums and I know so many of you are too. Pick up fall flowers at your local farmers market, nursery or home improvement store. They’re an easy way to add color to your front porch and throughout your entire home. This would be so cute on a porch or patio filled with pumpkins and mums.
Decorate the Front Door – Whether you live in an apartment, town home, lake house, farm or gated community use the front door to make a seasonal statement. Try your hand at making a fall inspired wreath, buy one from your local craft supply store or support the creative community by purchasing a fabulous wreath on Etsy. Fall wreaths are a simple way to make guests feel welcome as soon as they spot your front door. We’ve used one similar to this wreath and love it.
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, comfy couches and stand in as table runners too. This would make a great transitional blanket from summer to fall.
Start cleaning out your closets and drawers this month – Fall always feels like a rebirth for organization, healthy routines and menu planning. Take a bit of time to go through closets and drawers this month so you’re not overwhelmed when it’s time to start stashing away gifts for the holidays.
Make Room for Seasonal Favorites in Your Closet – Ok, so if you’re in the South right now you’re not even talking about pulling out the cardigans and light jackets yet. Cable knit sweaters are probably not even on your radar. That being said, now is a great time to start looking for key pieces you’ll be able to not only wear during the fall season but those key pieces that will easily transition into the winter season too. This style is easy to dress up or down.
Enjoy a Fall Mani-Pedi – So you may not be ready to go full on pumpkins, acorns or apples yet and that is totally ok. Treat yourself to a mani-pedi with a fun Fall color. This one is a classy gray/brown from OPI called How Great is Your Dane.
Change Up Your Morning Brew – We love seasonal coffees and coffee creamers too. It’s a morning ritual we look forward to every day. We’ll be stocking up on my favorites flavors of coffees, creamers and syrups so we can enjoy hot and cold beverages all season long.
Stock up on Baking Staples and 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.
Stock Up on Fall Craft Supplies & Gather Project Ideas– 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. It’s a great time to get ahead of the game with all of your holiday and handmade projects. You can find out how to make a personalized drink stencil here.
Support Your Local Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze – Take time to plan something fun that is specifically related to the Fall season. Organize a hayride, host a s’mores party, sample a variety of ales, giggle your way through a corn maze, go apple picking or enjoy the gorgeous color of changing leaves.
I’m totally convinced Fall is smack in the middle of two busy seasons for the simple fact it forces us to slow down for a hot minute and to reassess our goals, dreams and priorities. Take the time now to decide how you’ll spend the last four months of this year.
It goes by so quickly…make it count.