17 Ways to Ease into Fall
We’re sharing 17 ways to ease into Fall today!
If you’re living in the South or the Southwest right now, you may not even want to think about fall yet.
I totally get it.
It’s always hot and sticky in Florida this time of year, even with the coastal breezes. The plants on my front porch are desperate for relief despite my best efforts to rally them each day.
It does not feel like fall is on the way at all.
But school is back in session for most of us which means Labor Day, snuggling up in plaid and sipping on pumpkin spice lattes is just around the corner.
Rather than jumping on the “all things fall” bandwagon though, I was thinking it might take the pressure off just a bit to ease into the season, you know?
To start taking a few moments here and there while we’re still crossing off the last of our summer bucket list items and to start thinking about a fall that’s cozy.
Here’s a Look at 17 Ways to Ease Into Fall…
Plan a Fall Trip to See the Leaves Change or Go on an Apple Picking Expedition…
We’ve been fortunate enough to be at the cabin when the leaves are changing and the apples are ripe for picking.
It’s one of our favorite times to be in the mountains and a trip we look forward to each year.
The fall season is a great time to reconnect with your family and friends after a busy summer filled with travel and activities.
There’s nothing like cozying up by the fire, putting a puzzle together, and just enjoying each other’s company.
Research Magazines, Blogs, and Pinterest for Fall Inspiration and Ideas…
As I have shared many, many, times in the past, I have a serious love affair with magazines.
The bookcases in our living room are filled with all my favorite issues. Most of them contain post-it notes or have the edges of pages folded down.
Although some are a few years old, it makes me excited to ease into Fall by looking through the pages again and rediscovering classic autumn decorating ideas.
Stock Up on Baking Staples and Spices…
I love to bake year-round, but the oven really gets a workout during the fall and the holidays.
Start stocking up on spices and nuts now so you’ll have everything ready when it’s time to start making pies, cookies, and yummy cakes.
Include Fall Recipes and Seasonal Ingredients Into Your Meal Plan…
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 always looking forward to a fantastic baking season.
These moist Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Icing are always a crowd-pleaser.
Choose a Fall Color Palette…
There are so many gorgeous Fall colors to incorporate into 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 colors you already have in your home.
That way, you can create that “pulled together” look all season without a lot of extra fuss.
Bring the Fall Decorations Down From the Attic…
Ease into Fall by going back through boxes of decorations and discovering items you may have forgotten about from one year to the next.
For example, if I’ve used something on the mantel one year, I’ll try to repurpose it in 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 & Simmer Pots…
There’s nothing like coming home after a long day of work, lighting a fall-scented candle, and allowing the warm scent of pear, pumpkin spice, or marshmallows to fill each room.
Most of the time, you can pick up scented seasonal candles from places like Target, Home Goods, or your favorite boutique for a reasonable price.
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 including our citrus-inspired simmer pots here.
Create a Fall Inspired Tablescape with Antique or Vintage China…
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 farmer’s 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 Front Porch or Back Patio…
We’re huge fans of mums and I know so many of you are too. Pick up fall flowers at your local farmer’s market, nursery, or garden center.
They’re a simple way to ease into Fall by adding color to your front porch or back patio.
If mums aren’t available consider using other seasonal flowers and plants like Aster, Dahlias, Black-Eyed Susans, Oak Leaf Hydrangeas, Sedums, and Verbena.
Decorate the Front Door…
Whether you live in an apartment, townhome, at the lake, a farmhouse, or in a gated community use the front door to make a seasonal statement.
Ease into Fall by trying 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.
Collect and Launder Seasonal Blankets and Pillows…
We technically don’t need seasonal blankets or pillows until late October or early November in Florida.
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.
Start Cleaning Out and Decluttering This Month…
The fall season always feels like a renewed commitment to everything from home organization, to healthy routines, to meal planning.
Ease into fall by taking time to go through drawers, cabinets, and closets. Even 15 minutes a day can make a big impact.
Decluttering frequently used spaces now will help to make it easier when you start stashing away gifts for the holidays.
Make Room for Seasonal Favorites In Your Wardrobe…
If you’re anywhere in the South right now you’re probably not even thinking about pulling out your cable knit sweaters, cardigans, or lightweight vests.
That said, now is a great time to shop for key pieces you’ll be able to wear during the Fall season and those that can easily transition into the Winter season as well.
Enjoy a Fall Mani-Pedi…
You may not be ready to go full-on pumpkins, acorns, and apples just yet! But how about easing into fall with a seasonal-inspired mani-pedi?
Change Up Your Morning Brew…
Is there anything better than wrapping your hands around a cup of hot cider or a pumpkin spice latte?
Taking that first sip of seasonal coffee is a morning ritual we look forward to every day.
Now is a great time to stock up on your favorite flavors of fall coffees, creamers, and syrups so you can enjoy hot and cold beverages all season long.
Gather Project Ideas and Stock Up on Fall Craft Supplies…
Start using weekly coupons now to stock up on supplies so you’ll have everything you need to craft all season long.
It’s a great way to ease into fall and get ahead on all your holiday and handmade projects. You would not believe how easy these glass glitter pumpkins were to make!
Support Your Local Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, or Fall Craft Festival…
Ease into fall by taking time to plan something fun that is specifically related to the 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.
A Few Early Fall Goodies We Found at Target and Amazon…
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Peony and Hydrangea Wreath * Icelanded a Bottle of OPI * Wood Basket * Wagon
Plaid Pillow * Bay Wreath * Sweater * Basket
Polish in CV * Plaid Lumbar Pillow * Faux Rusted Eucalyptus Wreath * Vest
Pumpkin Bowls * Throw * Cable Knit Pillow * Eucalyptus Arrangement
Preparing for Fall…
I’m fully convinced fall is in the middle of the two busiest seasons of the year to force us to slow down and reassess our goals, dreams, and priorities.
It goes by really quickly. So, be sure to make it count!
What’s your favorite way to ease into Fall? Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Other Fall-Inspired Posts You Might Enjoy:
- 13 Easy Summer to Fall Decorating Ideas
- Fall Porch Decorating Ideas
- Embracing Fall Home Tour
- DIY Fall Centerpiece
- Spice Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting
Great ideas to get Fall started.
Thanks so much, Lizzy! We’re ready for Fall too. Hope your day was a fun one, CoCo
CoCo – we are beyond ready for the fall season. Hoping it brings back some energy and zest to our lives. Currently it is blazing hot, humid and lightening and thunder are rolling in. LOL Obviously we would not make very good poster girls for a visitors guide. ?Cheers to apples, hayrides, pumpkins, gourds and PSL’s! Much love!
Yes, ladies, oh.my.word. bring it on! I can’t even take the heat anymore. It’s bananas. We’re super ready for Fall and we can’t wait to see all the projects you guys have been working on. I know they’re fabulous. Hugs, CoCo
Great post, I’m so over the heat and deadish plants! I’m a totally Fall kinda gal!
Speak to my heart, Debra! I’m ready for all things Fall too. The heat and humidity have been completely bananas this year. I know the mums won’t be in Florida for a while now so I’m going to do everything I can until then to get ready for them. Hugs for a happy day, CoCo
So many great ideas here, CoCo! I have several of them on my list,. I have a lot of fall decor, so I’m corralling it up to bring out a bit later. I love summer–always hope for an Indian summer, so I’m just getting inspo from you gals right now!
So glad you liked these ideas Jane! I know some people like to ease into things and others have their places decorate the day after Labor Day 🙂 We never know what is going to happen during hurricane season so we try to soak up all the Fall we can while we can. Sending you big hugs, I think about you all the time and I hope you are well, CoCo
Very enjoyable post. Lots of great ideas. Love what you’ve done with your porch. So pretty!
I really appreciate your kind words, Michelle, thank you so much! Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo
CoCo, this is a wonderful post…full of inspiration and beauty! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Linda! It really was a dream house on a dream property. We still can’t get over all the details. I’m know it must have been a lot of work but it looked like everything came together flawlessly. Hope your day is a happy one, CoCo
Love these tips, CoCo… I’m already planning my color palette for the fall.. very fun!
That’s so exciting to hear, Julie! It has been so crazy hot in Florida I’m beyond ready for Fall this year. Even if it’s 100 outside I plan to make sure it feels like we’re at the cabin inside 🙂 Sending you hugs for a happy week, CoCo
I hope you will be able to enjoy some beautiful changing colors at your cabin this year. Nothing beats enjoying Fall colors in the mountains!
I know, Heidi! We’ll be up there in September and November and I’m so excited about it that I’ve all but started packing my sweaters in the suitcase 🤣 Hope you guys are able to enjoy some leaf peeping too. Hugs, CoCo
You’re right Coco, it does not feel a bit like Fall in Florida right now! I have been working on Fall crafts and am slowly adding some Fall touches to my decor! I’m excited to make it look like Fall inside since it will not feel like Fall outside for a long time! Thanks for sharing so many great tips! Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I’m excited to incorporate some of your ideas! Blessings, Donna!
Can’t wait to see what you have created, Donna! I just found some super cute pink yarn to make one of your fantastic pumpkins and I’m really excited about it. I’ll share on my Friday faves too! Hugs, CoCo
CoCo, this is a fabulous post. I love all of your suggestions to ease into fall. You put a lot of thought into this concept and it shows.
Thanks so much, Wendy, I really appreciate it. Hope you have the best day, CoCo
Lovely post Coco! I love all the Fall ideas in this post. Got me so excited for the new season. I am currently sorting through all my Fall storage containers this week, coming up with different looks with the same old stuff. So fun! Have a great week.
I’ve been doing the same thing, Meagan. We don’t have a lot of extra storage space so I’m constantly trying to repurpose things we already have on hand. Can’t wait to see what you have in store this season. I know it’s going to be fabulous. Hugs, CoCo
Love this post so much CoCo! And your pictures are so inspiring 🤩! I am so ready for fall too but California is hot as blazes as well although I did find mums the other day so here we go! 🙂💫 Have a great Labor Day weekend. XO- MaryJo
I can totally relate MaryJo! I don’t mind the sunshine but goodness gracious I would definitely do without all the humidity in Florida. It’s kind of bananas. I’m super excited to hear you guys have mums already. I think they are really beautiful so I hope they’re on the way for us too. It’s so sweet of you to say you like my pictures. It’s definitely a trial and error sort of process with lots of practice. Hope your holiday weekend is peace-filled and relaxing, CoCo
Amazing ideas, CoCo!! I love all the time you spent putting this together!! Fall is such a beautiful time to re-group, re-fresh, and re-new! Thanks so much for sharing all of these simple ideas today!
YES to everything you said, Rachel! We’re definitely looking forward to all those things this season too. I can’t even tell you how much slowing down and being intentional with our time has changed our lives. It’s been huge! Cheers to all the good things coming this Fall, CoCo
Great ideas! I am one of those people holding on to summer, because while I LOVE Fall, its Minnesota and eventually, that will give way to winter. LOL. But, this year I decided to easy into fall, little by little by keep the palette similar to my summer palette. And it is making me very happy. 🙂
I love that you are easing into Fall, Angie. We totally have to make up our own Fall because we don’t really get one in Florida. That said, we’re embracing the season for what it is just like you and sprinkling our favorite things all around the house. Can’t wait to see all the ways you’re incorporating Fall into your home, CoCo
I love all of your ideas!
Thanks so much, Susan, I really appreciate it! Hope you have an extra special week, CoCo
So many amazing ideas, CoCo! We are so happy to see you at Tuesday Turn About this week! I’m excited that I was first in line to choose this week! Your post will be featured at tomorrow’s party! Pinned! (hehe… my second comment on this post! I MUST love it!)
That’s so sweet of you, Julie, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Fall is such a special time of year and I’m excited for all the magical moments and opportunities coming our way. Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo