Beyond your normal fall activities like visiting apple orchards, carving pumpkins, donning your favorite boots, and carrying fun Starbucks cups, autumn is the perfect time to prepare yourself for winter. By this I mean both preparing for the weather, but also getting in a great mindset to get through the winter months! Here are some ideas for how to prepare yourself for the cold that is yet to come:
- Be creative.
With winter just around the corner, autumn is the perfect time to use your imagination and come up with a project to keep you busy during the colder months. Whether it’s creating a product, learning to crochet, working your way through a cookbook, creating art, or starting to write – whatever strikes you as being interesting and rewarding is a great place to start.
When I’m in a creative rut, I try to take a few days and really brainstorm things that I’d like to have, be able to create, or be able to give away. I write down each one of these ideas, regardless of how silly they seem, and at the end, I usually have one creative idea I’m excited about and want to pursue.
- Be generous.
The holidays are usually seen as a time of huge generosity, both in giving gifts to loved ones and for charity. Spread that idea into autumn. If you’re a little tight on cash or are saving up for your Christmas budget, try being generous with your time. There are always options to volunteer, both in your community and in your own circle of acquaintances. Whether you volunteer at an animal shelter, donate canned goods for the needy, or simply help an older relative accomplish household tasks, making a difference during this season is a great precursor to the holidays.
- Perfect your fall recipes.
This may seem like a given, but I know that I’ve certainly spent a lot of time on it! I love to bake, and have been trying to figure out exactly what desserts I want to bring to the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables. So far, the winner for Thanksgiving is pumpkin blondies… although I still have time to change my mind! As the weather cools off, it’s the perfect time to turn on the oven, spend some time in your kitchen, and be rewarded with yummy baked goods.
- Clean out your closet.
Now that the warmer weather is behind us (at least if you live in a more seasonal climate like I do!), cleaning out your closet is the perfect fall activity. Are there clothes hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in the last few months? If you didn’t wear shirts, shorts, or dresses within the last two seasons, chances are they aren’t worth keeping. Another favorite cleaning-closet trick of mine is to organize by color – when you do that, you often see how many similar or identical items you have! Plus, organizing in this way forces you to take each item out and move it. This way, you see each item and really can make a decision on whether or not you like it before you hang it back up.
- Gather all necessary winter supplies.
By this I obviously mean… Lots of hot chocolate and marshmallows, your favorite sweaters, winter coats, warm beanies, soft blankets, ingredients for big bowls of hot soup, and whatever else makes you feel warm and cozy. After all, winter is coming!