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17 Ways to Ease into Fall

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.

It’s been crazy hot in Florida this summer.  The humidity is at 81% or higher which makes everything hot and sticky. Even the plants on the front porch have gone limp.

It does not feel like Fall is on the way at all, you guys.

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, I was thinking it might take the pressure off just a little bit to ease into fall, 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 start thinking about the season that is full of cozy.

Here are 17 Ways to Ease Into Fall…

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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 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 by the fire, putting a puzzle together, and enjoying the company.

Apple Tree

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.

Our display case turned bookcase is 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 ease into Fall by looking through the pages again and rediscover classic autumn decorating ideas.

Stock up on Baking Staples and Spices 

I love to bake all year but the oven really gets a work out around fall and 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.

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 always 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 without a lot of fuss.

Bring the Fall Decorations Down from the Attic

Ease into Fall by going back through boxes of decorations and discover items we 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 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 & 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, Marshalls, or TJ Maxx for reasonable prices.  

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 pear spice simmer pot here and citrus-inspired simmer pots here.

simmer pot

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 a simple way to ease into Fall by adding color to your front porch and throughout your entire home.

This wagon would be so cute on a porch or patio filled with pumpkins and mums.

Decorate the Front Door

Whether you live in an apartment, townhome, lake house, farm or 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. We’ve used one similar to this wreath in the past and have and love it.

Fall porch with mums

Collect and Launder Seasonal Blankets and Pillows

We usually keep our warm blankets in the baskets under the console table because we don’t use them very much 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 and Decluttering this Month

Fall always feels like a rebirth for organization, healthy routines, and menu planning.

Ease into Fall by taking a bit of time to go through closets, drawers, and declutter frequently used spaces 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 

If you’re in the South right now you’re not even talking about pulling out the cardigans and lightweight jackets yet. Cable knit sweaters are probably not even on your radar.

That 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 for those 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.

Gather Project Ideas & Stock Up on Fall Craft Supplies 

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 ease into Fall and get ahead of the game with all of your holiday and handmade projects.

You can find out how to make DIY Heirloom Pumpkins here.

heirloom pumpkin

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 an 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!

Let us know your favorite simple ways to ease into Fall. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,

CoCo

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16 Comments

  1. Great ideas to get Fall started.
    I’m ready!

    1. Thanks so much, Lizzy! We’re ready for Fall too. Hope your day was a fun one, CoCo

  2. 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!

    1. 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

  3. Great post, I’m so over the heat and deadish plants! I’m a totally Fall kinda gal!

    1. 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

  4. 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!

    Thanks, girl!:)

    Jane x

    1. 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

  5. Very enjoyable post. Lots of great ideas. Love what you’ve done with your porch. So pretty!

    1. I really appreciate your kind words, Michelle, thank you so much! Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo

    1. 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

  6. Love these tips, CoCo… I’m already planning my color palette for the fall.. very fun!

    1. 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

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