Mid-to-late summer is when I start getting ready for the Fall season. I’ve found the more I prepare ahead of time, the more money I save when the holidays arrive. Not to mention the easier it is to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season. My “pre-autumn” preparation to-do list includes fun projects and some light organization. Enjoy!
Getting a Head Start on Fun Fall Projects & Décor
- Save any pretty jars for candle making or illuminating with mini string lights
- Practice perfecting a recipe for holiday gifts or gatherings
- Have fun trying out homemade pumpkin spice or cinnamon latte recipes
- Start adding Fall accessories to your wardrobe, so you’re ready when Fall arrives
- Visit arts & crafts stores for first “dibs” on seasonal décor
- Give thought to Halloween Costumes to avoid the last minute rush
- Collect pine cones and branches for natural, seasonal décor
- Find festive “Save the Date” cards for any gatherings you plan to host
Getting Organized for the Fall
- Put any spare change in a jar, every day, to start a holiday fund – coins add up!
- Hang stored blankets and winter jackets in the sun to re-freshen them
- Buy tickets to a football game or haunted mansion tour once they go on sale!
- Consider an organizer or big calendar dedicated to the BUSY “BER” months
- Print out schedules for favorite sports teams and TV shows
- Organize closets to make room for coats, rain gear, and Christmas presents!
- Declutter shelves to make room for holiday gift wrapping and décor
I plan to keep organizing, decluttering and seizing bargains during these more relaxed summer days so I can “breathe” a bit more when the busy season arrives.
While this post is focused on the happy part of the pre-season preparation, home maintenance and safety are extremely important, so I’m setting reminders to check our vehicle tires and windshield wiper blades, smoke detectors, air filters, and rain gutters before the blustery season hits.
For a comprehensive home & safety list, check out this Fall Checklist.
Enjoy the rest of your summer, but do get excited about the fall season!