Fall is officially upon us and so today I thought I would share with you all some of my favorite things to prepare for autumn and the change of season. Every change of season is a chance to shift your energy and make some changes in your life. That is why I have compiled a list of things that you can do to prepare yourself for this shift and make the most of it.
1. Do a Deep Clean of Your Home
With the turn of a new season it is the perfect time to do a deep clean of your home both inside and outside. With winter approaching it is important (at least in cold climate areas) to make sure the exterior of your home is ready for the impact of cold and snow. Some things to do inside and outside of your home include:
- Cleaning your Gutters
- Washing the Windows Inside and Out
- Getting the Chimney Maintenanced and Inspected
- Replacing the furnace filter (+ getting it inspected if it’s old)
- Planting Fall flowers
- Drain outdoor faucets and water lines
- Take out the fall decor including blankets, pillows, and accents
- Rake all the Leaves
- Clean out your fridge
- Change the bedding to flannel
These are just a few of the many things you can do around your home to transition into fall. I personally use this Yearly Cleaning Tracker to keep track of when I do all the big tasks around the home. So, make sure to get your hands on this free printable which you can download here!
2. Create a Capsule Wardrobe
In the transition to fall it is a great time to rotate through your wardrobe and create a capsule wardrobe for Fall. If you are not familiar with the concept of Capsule Wardrobes, it is essentially selecting anywhere from 10-20 pieces in your wardrobe that are your staples for that season. There is no golden number for your capsule wardrobe, but the simpler the better.
This will make it easy for you to style outfits in the fall, and it will also force you to go through your wardrobe and potentially declutter anything that is no longer serving you well. This is also a great time to pull out the winter and fall shoes and to store your summer sandals. To learn more about capsule wardrobes, you can check out the Anna Edit’s videos. She really explains it well and she has a very minimalistic style that many people enjoy!
3. Set a New Fitness Goal
With the change of season it is a great time to reflect on your fitness and health routine and to set up a new one. In the summer, many of us get so busy that we fall off of our normal routine. In addition, we often opt for outdoor activities like biking, roller bladding, swimming, or hiking, that are not feasible to do outdoors as the weather starts to shift.
Therefore, taking a moment to pause and look at your fitness routine is important. The following steps can help you to set up this fitness routine.
- Define your goal: What is it that you want to achieve with your fitness? Do you want to run a marathon, lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle, tone up? Become clear on your WHY because this is the most important part!
- Look at Your Schedule: how much time do you have per week to dedicate to fitness, this may be everyday, this may be every other day. Regardless, look at your schedule and figure out a realistic number of hours you can dedicate per week. (Even 10 minutes a day will work)
- Where and What: Next, make a list of all the kinds of exercise you enjoy and add a few to your list that you think would be fun to try. From this list, determine where you will be working out. Will you be joining a gym or will you be doing YouTube videos at home? Will you be going outside to the park or will you be training with a personal trainer? Figure out your where and what to become clear on what kind of exercises you will fill your days with.
- Plan your Check Ins: Now that you know your WHY, WHEN, WHERE, and WHAT you are ready to get started! But, make sure that you have some check ins planned to keep you accountable. This may be every week, every month, or every season. But, regardless this is super important to make sure you are progressing.
4. Review Your Goals
Beyond fitness, this is also a great time to check in with your goals for work, school, self development, and growth. Take some time to reflect on the last few months and see how you have been progressing. Some questions to ask yourself could include the following:
- What have I accomplished in the past few months?
- Did I accomplish as much as I wanted to? If not, why is that is?
- What have I learned about myself and the way I work?
- Do I need to review the way that I work? Am I being efficient?
- What do I wish I spent more time doing?
- What do I wish I spent less time doing?
- How am I progressing in my 1 year/5 year plan?
- Who has helped me to grow in the past few months? Who has not?
- Have I been making my mental health a priority? If not, how can I do better with this?
With these questions answered you can go back to the drawing board and refine your goals and plans for the rest of the year/season. Reference this post to find out more about goal setting.
5. Make a Bucket List
A change of season means new activities are waiting for us! Fall is especially fun because it means football games, apple picking, carving pumpkins and many more fall things! I created this bucket list below for you to save to your phone for inspiration, but, feel free to make your own and get creative with it!
Overall, these are my top 5 tips for transitioning into fall! I hope that these are helpful for you as we move into Autumn!
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