A new season is here and along with that inevitably comes change: a change in light, a change in weather, a change in lifestyle. Depending on where you live it can either be drastic or just a little blip; either way there are things you can do to make the transition easier.
Bring the Outdoors In: One of the things we tend to love about summer is all of the outdoor nature time. Well, just because you are going to be staying in more doesn't mean you have to shut the outdoors out. Start bringing in bright, cheery flower bouquets and new hearty plants. Look for indoor plants that work double duty, like English Ivy; they are not only beautiful and can make you happy but clean the air as well.
Purify the Air: Since I just mentioned cleaning the air with house plants let's take it a step farther. With windows shutting out the cold air, less circulation, and furniture off-gassing you're going to want to keep the air clean with a Hepa Air Purifier.
Fall Cleaning: Spring shouldn't be the only season when your home gets a fresh new face. Before you go into cuddle-up-on-the-couch nesting mode, clean up all the nooks and crannies so you can hunker down in a squeaky clean space.
Get Cooking: Stews, soups, and pies are the smell of fall. If you love to cook this is surely something to look forward to. Stock up your pantry with new, fresh ingredients so you are ready on a whim to whip up your favorite fall recipes.
Brighten Up: Since you will be spending more time indoors this would be a good opportunity to add some bright and lively colors to your place. Get some new throw pillows, blankets, or accessories that will keep your home happy and energizing. If you are really daring, try painting an accent wall for the new season.
Bring Out The Faves: What are your favorite things about fall? Is it a great sweater, the best boots, a warm down comforter, a magnificent tea? Well, start to place them in your line of sight so you can get excited about their appearance back in your life in the not-too-distant future.
Get Moving: Don't let the natural slow down slow you down. Make sure you still move your body. If you will need to move your routine inside, you should start preparing for that now. Not only will it keep you in shape, but it will help your brain stay happy and positive through the coming months.
Be Social: It's easy to just get lost in your own world once it gets chilly and holiday seasons begin but don't let it. Make dates now for gatherings, dinner parties and holiday cheer so you are all scheduled and ready to go.
(Image: Get organized with stylish storage, like these tin trunks available from Toast)
- Re-edited from a post originally published 9.03.12 - CM