Five Ways to Refresh Your Fall
Now that fall is finally here (it’s not truly fall in my book until October 1st) I thought it would be nice to share some tips I’ve come across (and do myself) in order to refresh your fall season.
The crisp, breathable air, fall scents and upcoming holiday events that fill the calendar are just a few things that inspire me to get a new start to the fall/holiday season. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your best fall yet.
Do a closet refresh. The temps have fallen below 80 degrees for the majority of the day (a time for Texans to truly rejoice) so pull out those fall sweaters! Go ahead and section off a portion of your closet to tuck away your tanks and summer dresses, if you have room. You can also use a large tupperware container to fill and store in another room, or utilize a guest bedroom closet and designate it as your “seasonal wear” closet. Clean out any unworn items to donate or sell (I love Postmark). This is a good way to pocket a little extra holiday money. I once read, “if your checkbook is balanced and your closet is organized, you can rule the world.” That was years ago, and it has stuck with me all this time because there is so much truth there.
Fill your calendar now. Go ahead and get out those calendars. Go through each day and write out any upcoming events, appointments, etc. that you know are coming. The holidays hit faster than we realize, and this is a way help you remember what all you actually need to do this month, providing a daily visual reminder. If you are a nerd like me, and still love a tangible daily calendar, this one should be easy for you. If you prefer to use the calendar on your phone, that’s great too! I personally like to even go a step further and print out a large calendar and hang it in our home office so my husband and I can both see what all is coming. This is great to do every month, but I highlight it for the holiday season because of all the extra events that occur during the next three months.
Create a budget. The holidays are expensive. We can become blind to all the spending, and as the financial genius, Dave Ramsey puts it, “Money is always moving, so you need to tell it exactly where to go.” Get out that calendar you just made and put it next to a blank sheet of paper, or whatever budgeting sheet you’d like to use (Dave Ramsey has some great resources on his website) and all those events you just listed-find out what those will cost and put them in your budget for the month. Do you have a birthday party you need to buy a gift for? How much will it cost to attend that fall festival? Set aside that money now, so that it doesn’t disappear later. More on budgeting later!
Revamp your skincare routine. We all love that cool, crisp air, but if you’re anything like me, it can mess with your skin. My skin gets super dry during the cooler months, so I start a new skincare routine that will better moisturize my skin and prepare it for winter. I love love love the Beauty Counter cleansing balm. In addition to using it to gently remove my makeup and cleanse my face, it is great to use as an overnight mask. I do this a couple of times a week now, but when it gets cold I’ll up it to 3 times a week.
Make a fall bucket list. I originally called this a to-do list, but that sounded to forced and took the fun out of it. A bucket list just sounds more fun! You don’t want October to slip by without going to a pumpkin patch, do you? Write out everything you want to do this month (fun stuff only) and hang it on your fridge. I am definitely doing this, especially now that Penny is old enough to enjoy the holiday festivities more than she did last year as a little infant babe. This can be as simple as “make an apple pie”, or as big as taking a holiday vacation. See how many fun things you can check off your list by the end of the month.
Let me know if you try any of these and how they worked out! Now go grab you a PSL.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!