“Life starts over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
Those words have literally been on repeat in my head for weeks on end. It’s absolutely no secret that I love fall. I LOVE FALL. I mean, I could scream it from the rooftops and I still don’t think it would adequately express how much I freaking love fall. Most people do, but being a born & raised New Englander, loving fall is in my blood. Autumn is part of my soul. Although I love pumpkin spice everything, blanket scarves, boots, and hot cocoa, one of my favorite things about fall, is that every year, when it comes, it feels like a fresh start.
I’m not sure exactly what it is that makes it feel like that. Maybe it’s the cooler weather that makes it possible to actually move around without sweating buckets. Maybe it’s the changing leaves that inspires me to make changes, too. Maybe it’s the changing out of clothes in my closet, which makes me feel like a brand new person. Regardless of what it is, Fall is my favorite time to start fresh. In fact, I prefer a fresh start during the fall over a fresh start in the new year. Fall is my new year.
If Autumn is giving you all the fresh start feels this year, here are 10 ways you can pursue that Fresh Start feeling this Fall:
Deep Clean your House – Now that it isn’t blazing hot outside and you can open your windows for that beautiful fall breeze, it’s a lot easier to move around the house without breaking a sweat. Forget spring cleaning – I believe in Autumn cleaning! And I mean DEEP cleaning. I usually set aside one day at the end of September, turn on my cleaning grooves playlist, and power through all the nasty tasks first – like cleaning my oven, wiping out my fridge, and soaking the tiles of my shower in Scrub n’ Bubbles. From there, I usually organize my pantry and throw out anything that’s been half-eaten since the beginning of the summer, like chips from the 4th of July BBQ. (Don’t judge, you know we all keep those bags of chips.) From there, it’s organizing the coat closet, vacuuming the couches, and wiping down every surface in my house. It takes the whole day, but man oh man, does it feel good to wake up the next day to such a clean and organized house.
Organize your Closet – One of my best friends inspired me to do this over the weekend – she texted me a picture of her closet filled with all her fall clothes hung and organized by color. I peered into my closet, which was an absolute train wreck. I haven’t been able to find my left shoe to my favorite pair of work flats for weeks and a huge pile of sweatpants had fallen on the floor and I hadn’t picked them up. Yikes. So I spent a Tuesday afternoon organizing my closet. I put away all my summer clothes, made a pile of clothes that I haven’t worn in ages to donate, moved my summer shoes to the back of my shoe rack, and neatly folded all my graphic tees. Having an organized closet makes getting ready in the morning SO much easier because I can actually find my shoes!
Buy some new Sweaters – After cleaning out my closet, I was able to identify some gaps in my fall wardrobe and took myself to Nordstrom Rack to find some new things to fill them. I didn’t go ham (if you watched my Insta-story, you’ll know I only bought a couple things for myself) but it was so nice to hang those new things up in my closet. Having new clothes to wear that are cozy and on-style has helped me physically manifest that I am starting fresh. New clothes, new attitude, new me.
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