Bid Adieu to Summer, Fabulous Fall is Here
As summer draws to an end, many of us experience a sinking feeling. After all, who doesn’t love sun-kissed days, summer vacation, and a built-in excuse for ice cream treats and flip-flop attire?
Yet, lest we forget, Fall can be positively fabulous with its crisp weather, upcoming holidays, and seasonal cuisine and outdoor activities.
Autumn signals a time to simultaneously fall back into a comfortable routine at home and work while seizing the many opportunities to embrace the changes of the season!
Below are some tips to effortlessly transition from summer into fall:
Get reacquainted with your workspace! At the office, Summer can often mean vacation days and changes in schedule…and perhaps a bit of a lapse in staying on top of paperwork chores. Take time now to straighten up and get organized, weed through accumulated mail and messages, and restock supplies so you are ready to go.
Update your calendar and make a new “To Do List” to help you tackle the tasks at hand.
Give yourself a little time to get back into the groove! Set small, manageable goals but, at the same time, make sure to create (or resume) a routine and stick with it. While there is some truth to the “fake it til you make it” adage, you never want to let your productivity or professionalism slip.
Clean your gutters! Autumn’s leaves are undoubtedly beautiful…but they can clog gutters and wreak havoc with proper drainage if left unchecked. For those who choose not to tackle this task on their own, there are plenty of landscape and gutter cleaning companies out there to get the job done. Either way, don’t put it off…make sure it is on your To-Do List.
Dress up your front entry! Autumn presents numerous ways to incorporate nature and color into your exterior (and interior) décor. Nothing says Fall like spectacularly-hued flowers along with pumpkins, gourds, and natural grasses. For the folks who enjoy crafts and are eager to express their creativity, making a fall wreath for the front door can be a fun project! Be sure to check out Country Living’s article “38 Stunning Fall Wreaths Your Front Door Needs” for terrific tips and ideas.
Take advantage of this season to actually prepare for the next season! For those of us in areas which experience cold and snowy winters, Fall is a great time to take stock of what needs to be done before temperatures truly dip and inclement weather sets in. Walk around your home and take a careful look at windows (caulking needed?), doors (weatherstripping holding up?), and the roof (don’t wait for winter storms and melting snow to discover leaks or damaged shingles!). Inside, check your heating system, change your furnace filters, and be sure to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Be certain to have a working fire extinguisher on hand (check the expiration date!). Spending a little time inspecting your home before the hectic holiday season gets underway is a smart move.
Just because the lazy, hazy days of summer are over doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Get outdoors! Fall weekends are made for exploring and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Autumn favorites include:
Hiking: Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails! It is great exercise, easy on the budget, and the scenery can’t be beat. (For serious backpackers as well as those who are new to hiking, Cabela's Vintage Trail Hiking boots or REI’s Oboz Sapphire Hiking boots may be just what you are looking for).
Apple-picking: Filling your basket with a variety of apples is both fun and healthy! You will arrive home with fruit to snack on…and may even be inspired to make a pie or two.
Pumpkin-picking: Searching the pumpkin patch for just the right pumpkin (quite a subjective feat!) can’t help but put a smile on your face. Pair this with a hayride and mug of cider and you will be asking yourself why autumn doesn’t come around sooner!
Leaf-peeping: Plan a day or weekend admiring the fall foliage. Consult a fall foliage map for the best timing. Be sure to bring comfy shoes (how about those hiking boots again?!) and clothes, including a jacket to ward against a chill (or dress in layers and make adjustments as you go). Binoculars are handy to see wildlife that is often hidden amongst (or just beyond) the trees. While mosquitoes are definitely not as prevalent in autumn, mosquito repellent may still come in handy. And beware of ticks which can be potentially harmful. It is important to do a body-check at the end of hiking or spending time outdoors to check for these pesky creatures.
Once the Fall season gets underway, it becomes difficult to deny that this time of the year is a special one. While summer memories remain tucked away forever, there is certainly enough room for the new ones that will be made.
The days may grow shorter…but Autumn is long on fun, laughter, and timeless adventures.