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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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!
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