Simplify Your New Fall Routine with These 10 10-Minute Projects

updated Sep 28, 2019
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Fall is officially here! And while we’re excited that that means cider and pumpkin everything, we also know it can be a hectic time. Between back to school, after-school activities, weekend games, work events, and holiday planning, suddenly there is a lot more added to your routine. That’s why we’re sharing our 10 favorite 10-minute projects to help you ease into the new season.

1. Get out the door 

Streamline the mad dash to school and work with a one-stop family command center. Lauren of Bless’er House made over a cluttered drop zone with a whiteboard calendar, key hooks, mail organizer, and bulletin board so that everything has a designated space and the whole family can be on the same page.

2. Keep your favorite recipes nearby

If the hardest thing about meal planning is picking what to make, spend a little time creating recipe cards for all your favorites, like Molly at Almost Makes Perfect. That way, you can easily choose from your tried-and-true. Just remember to take a picture next time you make the dish so you can quickly find the card later.

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3. Go luxe in less time

A fall wreath sets the tone for the whole house before you even come in. Keep this year’s wreath simple and modern with Ashley of Modern Glam‘s DIY rose gold laurel wreath for max impact in less time.

4. Catch it at the door

It sounds like a “duh” moment, but I wish I knew about boot trays when we moved from Florida to Chicago. Instead, we just left our boots in the apartment hallway and spent each morning wiping up melted snow. Jamie at Anderson + Grant shares how she turned a baking sheet and cooling rack into a practical and cute boot tray so you can stop being on puddle patrol. 

5. Sip easily

Lose your bulky and broken tea boxes and go for my easy tea box DIY over at ctrl + curate. I love using a tea box that displays all our favorites instead of playing pantry Jenga every time I want a cup.

6. Swap your skincare

A quick morning routine starts with an organized medicine cabinet. Start the season off strong and move your summer products to storage and your fall staples to the front. 

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7. Arrange fall foliage

Dried florals are trending, and we love all the creative ways people are using them for fall! Plus, you save time and money by not having to constantly make new arrangements. Try your hand at a centerpiece that you can create now and use again and again, like this one from Alice & Lois.

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8. Hang it up

Colder weather means more cuddles and cozy blankets. Get ahead of the blanket pileup with Fall for DIY‘s blanket ladder that will happily house the family’s favorites.

9. Make a laundry short list

The key to getting the most wear out of your favorite sweaters is proper care, so create a sweater care cheat sheet you can keep in the laundry room. Start with Geneva of A Pair and a Spare’s tips for washing, de-pilling, and storing wool and cashmere. That way, you can love those investment pieces for years to come. 

10. Add the smell of cinnamon on the cheap and easy

Sneak classic fall scents into your decor with DIY scented pine cones! After scenting, you can turn them into a garland, curate apothecary jars, or make ornaments to sprinkle throughout the house.