Over here, fall is our favorite time of year! We get excited for the cooler weather, fall fests and cozying up on the couch for Sunday football (or naps). With the cooler weather settling in and the days getting shorter, the majority of time spent outside is coming to a close. Because everyone will be moving indoors, there are a few things you can do to get your home in order and ready for fall.
1. Fall cleaning
First on my to-do list is fall cleaning. Just like in the spring I like to give the interior of our home a good scrub. As we move indoors it just feels good to once again wipe down the walls, baseboards, and windows. In the spring and summer, it is easy to throw open the windows and let the fresh air in. As we start to prepare for the cooler months by closing up the windows and turning the heat on, it’s good to clear the air and summer allergins out. It’s also nice to have a fresh clean slate going into the holidays when we tend to add to our decor for the holidays.
2. Preparing the guest bedrooms
Cooler weather means the holidays are on the way and for us, that means the family will be coming into town soon. My mom and sister both live out of state and every year for about 2 weeks they join us for Christmas. Because the holidays are a crazy, busy time, fall is a great time to get a head start on prepping guest rooms. This means washing all the bedding and taking stock of what may need to
3. Cozy up Your home
We keep a few throw blankets out yearly but when the cooler weather sets in, ALL the blankets come out! This includes the down duvets for all the beds. In the summer months, we usually keep a couple of thin blankets on the beds but when it starts to dip down into the 60s and 50s at night, its time for something warmer. Also to amp up the cozy factor, swap out the candles for more seasonal scents. Think caramel apple, vanilla cookie, fireside, or pine. These are the scents that remind me of fall and that put me in the mood to cozy up indoors with a good book.
4. swap out the decor
Summer for us begins Memorial Day weekend when the bunting goes up on the house, and we usher fall in Labor Day weekend when the bunting comes down. Any summer candles should get packed away to make room for all the fall scents. Swap summer throw pillows out for seasonal plaids, furs, and leather. Mums and pumpkins are perfect fall decor items. Landing on the front porch and throughout the interior, they bring with them the colors and smells of the season.
5. Get a head start on holiday baking
I love to bake and number five is something I learned from my mom-in-law who is an AMAZING baker. To alleviate some of the stress and craziness of the holiday season, get a head start on holiday baking. I typically like to make a few different kinds of cookies and baked goods to have on hand for the holidays. Starting in September ensures you have plenty of time to experiment and get them all done. Start by narrowing down and creating a list of the recipes you want to make/try this season. Baking is a perfect Sunday activity and this is usually where you can find me in the fall. There are always last-minute get-togethers and gathering to attend. Having cookies on hand ready to go makes entertaining so much less stressful.
These are the 5 things I do very year to get our home ready for fall! I hope this gives you some ideas and tips on how to usher in the season in your own home!