The Busy Girl’s Guide to Fall Planning

Today, we’re sharing The Busy Girl’s Guide to Fall Planning and Decorating!

This planning guide is something we’ve exclusively shared with new subscribers in the past.  But if there were ever a year for easy tips and tricks and no-fuss seasonal decorating ideas, it’s definitely this year!

We’re passionate about getting organized early so we can enjoy all the fun adventures the season has to offer. And we’re excited to share these ideas with you too!

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Fall Planning Inspiration

While it might not *feel* like Fall is on the way given the sweltering temps, once school is back in session, the pumpkin spice lattes and hayrides are just around the corner.

In the past, we’ve found if we don’t take the time to think about and plan for the season, we miss out on all the reasons we wanted to make it special in the first place.

The transitions from Summer to Fall can definitely be a hectic one.  You might even be feeling overwhelmed right now at the thought of having to get ready for Fall.

Especially, if your Summer didn’t turn out the way you had imagined.

Maybe in the past, you’ve wanted to be organized while planning for Fall and decorate early, but you just couldn’t make it happen for whatever reason. 

Now is a great time to take the pressure off and ease your way into a new season.  To gather your thoughts and get a game plan together and cross things off your checklist early. 

It’s one of the biggest reasons we’ve created The Busy Girl’s Guide to Fall Planning, so we can enjoy an intentional and purpose-filled season.

Here’s a look at 5 Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Fall…

Fall Planning Tip #1: Set Your Expectations, Goals, and Priorities Before the Season Begins:

How many times have you gone through the Fall season *wishing* you had taken the time to visit the pumpkin patch or taken a trip with your family to see the leaves change or completed your bucket list or hosted your friends and family, but didn’t actually make time to *do* any of those things?

We’re not judging at all, we’ve been there too.

No matter what your goals and priorities are, take the time to put all the events that are important to you on the calendar right now before the season even begins.  

The best way to ensure you accomplish the big things and the small things on your Fall goals, expectations, and priorities list is to be proactive about how you spend your time.

Learn to control your calendar with grace by being fully committed to saying, “yes” to the tasks and activities that bring you joy and “no” to the things that stress you out.

Fall Planning Tip #2: Establish a Wellness Routine You’ll Actually Keep

Practice Healthy Morning Habits

Begin your day doing things that will create a sense of calm and focus by waking up around the same time each day, making your bed, journaling, meditation, affirmations or quiet time, eating a healthy breakfast, and straightening your house before you begin the workday.

Get Moving Every Day

Focus on being active every day by taking a walk outside, lifting light weights, practicing yoga, going for a bike ride, taking a dance class, or swimming laps in the pool at the clubhouse.

Incorporate Seasonal Ingredients into Your Menus

Whether it be honey crisp apples, pumpkins, multiple squash varieties, soups, or slow cooker recipes there are many ways to incorporate seasonal foods into your weekly meal plan. 

Practice Healthy Nightly Habits

End your day by doing things that make you feel purposeful and peace-filled.

These include prepping for the following day, tidying your home before you go to bed, meditation, visualization, quiet time, keeping a gratitude journal, light reading, and prioritizing good sleep hygiene.

Fall Planning Tip #3: Prepare Your Home 

Declutter & Donate

Begin decluttering the most commonly used spaces in your home like drawers, closets, the pantry, and the refrigerator now. That way, you won’t be caught off guard when holiday guests arrive.

Consider donating gently used items you no longer want or need.

Collect, Launder & Change Out Seasonal Items

If you’ve been storing seasonal items such as sweaters, jackets, blankets, boots, socks, flannel pajamas, and bedding for the past few months in rarely used drawers, boxes or bins make sure all items have been laundered and properly cared for before changing out seasonal summer items for fall items.

Review Indoor & Outdoor Cleaning Checklists

You likely already have a cleaning checklist in mind based on each season. Now is a great time to review the list and create a plan of action to tackle what needs to be done.

Common Fall examples are changing out the batteries on smoke alarms, cleaning out gutters, prepping garden beds, checking the fireplace and chimney, and checking the weather seals around doors, windows, pipes, and pumps.  

Fall Planning Tip #4: Take the Time to Find Inspiration

There are many ways to feel inspired by the upcoming season. Decorating books, magazines, blogs, Pinterest boards, favorite stores, outdoor craft fairs, and safely traveling can all be fabulous sources of creativity.

Make a date with yourself or your bestie and spend some uninterrupted time finding things that inspire you to celebrate Fall.  

Put it on the calendar early (see #1), pour a glass of cider, nibble on special treats, and honor the early gifts Fall has to offer – you’re worth it!

Fall Planning Tip #5: Create a Cozy Home You’ll Enjoy All Season:  

Start with a Color Palette You Love

Choose a color palette that will enhance your home by working with the existing colors you already have in place.

Shop the House

Bring any Fall decorations you might already have down from the attic or up from the basement.

Shop Early Sales

Start purchasing seasonal and Fall décor items while they’re on sale. Most big box stores host early decorating events and offer coupons, discounts, and sometimes seasonal craft classes as well.

Take advantage of early-bird sale prices when they’re offered. This will help to ensure you have the first pick of Fall items from fabric to floral décor to ribbon, pillows, and seasonal accessories too.

Create an Inviting Entry

Hang a wreath on the front door.

Spruce up the porch with beautiful mums or your favorite seasonal flowers.

Add a fresh Fall doormat.

Welcome Fall with Seasonal Scents

Fill your home with autumn-inspired scents by using candles or creating simmer pots with fruits, herbs, and spices.

Fall Planning: Things to Keep in Mind…

While the weather may still be warm in your area, the mums may have just arrived at your local garden center and the pumpkins may be few and far between, there is always a way to celebrate the season.

Take the time to begin planning and preparing for Fall now.  That way, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your favorite activities and events that are to come.

There is no better way to kick off a season of adventure like being prepared!

Are you ready to welcome all things cozy? We are too! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,


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  1. I loved your tips on getting our homes ready for colder weather. It’s so much easier to do projects around the house when it’s nicer weather outside. And… I’ve already put up all of my Fall decor. I think the holiday’s will be extra special this year in particular!

    1. That’s so exciting to hear you’ve already decorated for Fall, Heidi! I’m hoping to decorate soon too. You are so right it’s way easier to tackle projects when the weather is nice. I’ve been putting off refinishing our back patio set for that same reason. Can’t wait to see all your Fall decor and recipes. Hugs, CoCo

  2. I love everything about this fabulous fall post CoCo! I am completely inspired. Thank You for sharing with Charming Homes and Gardens my friend.

    1. I really appreciate it, Kim, thank you so much! Hugs and happy weekend, CoCo

  3. I always have a plan for spring and around Christmas time, but never fall. Kind of silly, really because you are SO right. It truly is a busy time what with getting ready for winter, etc. Never mind that there is so much to see and do in one of my favorite seasons of all! Thank you for sharing, CoCo! Pinning so I can follow these awesome reminders!

    1. Thanks so much, Christine! I sit down with my calendar every week but there is something about specifically planning things out for the season that always gives me something to look forward to. It can be as big as taking a trip to see the leaves change or as small as buying a Fall inspired nail polish. You live in a beautiful area of the country so I know you’ll have plenty of exciting adventures ahead this season. Big hugs, CoCo

  4. Such great tips! It is so importatnt to take the time to be intentional in every season, but you are right, fall kind of gets overlooked! I love fall and thoroughly enjoyed all of your inspiring pictures! I am always delighted to see that you have linked up at Embracing Home and Family! Thank you!

    1. I appreciate you so much, Jennifer, thank you! Fall is my favorite season because it feels just festive as the holidays but without all the extra fuss and pressure for perfection 🙂 Sending you hugs for a happy week, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much for having me and hosting each week, Meg!

    1. Thank you bunches, Ann! I hope you’ve had a great week, CoCo

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