Have you heard about the total solar eclipse?
You know. The one that comes around every couple of hundred years that takes place on August 21.
My little corner of the world in Kentucky is almost right in the “path of totality.” That means people are renting out their houses and planning solar eclipse watching parties and selling glasses and shutting down business—all to see the moon go across the sun.
There are big solar eclipse plans around here for next week.
I’m not eclipsing it.
I’m getting my house ready for fall.
Here are seven tips to get your house ready for fall (that do not involve the moon or the sun).
1. Sort through your fall bins
I think I have at least 14 bins of fall stuff upstairs in the attic.
Most of them are full of nonsense.
Here’s what I do every year. I walk upstairs to the attic. Go to the area where the fall bins are located. Open up the first bin and peer inside and see some nonsense. I roll my eyes and close the lid and go to the next bin.
Why do I leave bins of nonsense in my attic? Why do I close the lid and turn away? Why am I letting nonsense rent space in my house?
Every. Single. Year.
This year, I’m pulling them down and sorting through them and donating the nonsense to someone who will appreciate it.
Take it from a nonsense-binner.
Sort your fall decor into three piles: donate, decorate or throw away.
(total aside: you may or may not have noticed that I’m actually writing this list for myself)
2. Find a cozy throw
Fall is all about cozy.
It’s all about short days and books and tea and throws that make you feel like you are in a cocoon.
This year—treat yourself to a throw.
I’ve seen tons of amazing throws at Hobby Lobby and Home Goods.
Or you could buy an inexpensive throw and make it your own.
Like this no sew pompom throw I made last year.
3. Paint your front door
Or your back door. Or your side door. Or whatever door your guests really use.
Winter is coming and it’s never a good idea to paint your door in the middle of winter.
So why not rethink your door in fall.
Freshen it up with a coat of gray or black or soft blue or you might go bold with red.
It’s an easy fix that takes an afternoon and gets your porch or entrance ready for fall.
Just make sure that when you paint your door—you avoid doing something like this.
4. Replace your welcome mat
Your welcome mat has seen some good times this summer.
Sand and muddy feet and water and sun.
It may be time to get a new one to welcome fall in the door.
Everyone needs a cute place to wipe their feet.
Purchase a new one or make your own.
Here’s the DIY for a monogrammed mat like this or this creative welcome mat DIY.
5. Create a fall pin board
Every year right about this time I start pinning fall inspiration to get my house ready for fall.
One year I didn’t even decorate for fall.
I just pinned and sat back with apple cider and looked at it instead of decorating my own home.
Most of the time, I use it for inspiration.
Pinterest is full of the beautiful that is fall.
If you need some ideas, I’ve pinned tons of fun fall inspiration to this board.
6. Add a wreath
Start thinking about your wreath now.
You could always buy one at the store or you could make your own.
Sometimes I do both.
I buy a wreath and then make it my own.
Just like these wood slice wreath options.
7. Add texture with pillows
Texture and fall are best friends.
When I think fall decorating, I think wood and galvanized metal and fall leaves and pinecones and pumpkins.
And texture with extra texture layered on top.
Pillows are one of the easiest ways to add texture to your fall decor. Here’s an example of a little fall texture on my sofa right now. I got this fun textured throw at IKEA and then I layered in a pom pom pillow on top.
Here’s one last tip.
When you’re getting your house ready for fall enjoy the season ahead.
Don’t overthink it.
Don’t overfall your house if it all seems a little too much.
If those 14 boxes up in the attic and falling your house up is too overwhelming, just find a new pillow at Home Goods and call it a day.
That kind of decorating leaves plenty of time for the important things in life….
….like the Hallmark Channel or a really good book. 🙂
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