I love fall. I love everything about it. Yes, I know in some parts of the country the arrival of Fall also signals that a long cold winter is near. But I don’t like to think that way. I don’t want to live in dread of a cold dark season when I can enjoy the gifts in front of me right at this moment.
I like to embrace Fall as something special that happens just once a year, from September through November. The sometimes still warm-enough sunny season when leaves are turning brilliant shades of orange and brown and red, nights are cool and cozy and the smell of pumpkins, cloves and cinnamon fill my kitchen. That is a great season!
I try to find something to love about every season, but Fall is definitely my favorite.
While we are still in summer mode around our house (school doesn’t start until next week!), I am starting to let my mind wander to all the things I love about Fall.
Here are 5 things you can do right now to embrace the season ahead!
1. Slowly transition from summer decor to fall.
I love to use subtle touches rather than go all out with theme or seasonal decor. Perfect fall decor for me would be a few leaves, pine cones, moss or apples gathered together in a simple centerpiece. I’ve written a lot about Fall decor, you might find some inspiration by scrolling through my Fall decorating category on my blog.
2. Do some early Fall yard clean up!
I shared lots of tips here for things you might want to think about now to prepare your yard & garden for fall.
3. Finish your outside painting projects!
Once the weather gets too cold you can’t paint outside any longer so give your furniture and accessories a fresh coat of paint while you still can! I recently painted a Goodwill owl by taking him outside on the lawn to spray paint, you can see how he turned out here!
Now is also a great time to get that front door painted so it will be fresh and pretty for your seasonal wreaths and welcoming guests! I’m speaking to myself here, I’ve been dragging my feet forever on deciding what color to paint mine. Here are some pretty door colors to inspire you!
4. Establish Fall homemaking routines.
I have several homemaking routines that I use to keep my life sane. My house is not perfectly clean by any stretch of the imagination, but the regular daily routines I’ve established help keep my house from getting out of control. Fall is the perfect time to just say no to CHAOS and get yourself going on a few simple routines that will make this season more enjoyable!
Here is a post outlining my daily routines:
5. Prayerfully set Fall goals and set up or organize your family command center.
Fall tends to be the season where kids go back to school and life goes back to a regular rhythm. For most of us that rhythm can be at quite a fast pace, so a command center (I use the chalkboard, in the photo above) and a few Fall goals can help ease that transition!
Here are a few posts to inspire you as you get organized for Fall:
God made Fall beautiful in so many ways, it really is my favorite season.
What is your favorite thing about Fall?
Every year (for the past five years!) I host a big month long Fall Nesting party at The Inspired Room. If you want inspiration for getting your home in order and pretty for fall and the upcoming holidays, join us at The Inspired Room anytime!