Almost Autumn Rituals

Autumn is almost upon us and that means it's time to shift our minds and wardrobes toward the back half of the year. Every fall, as the weather cools down and we reach the final stretch of the year, I make a little list of things I do to prepare myself for the best possible fall / winter. Doing these little things definitely improves my fall, and it's a nice way to mark the beginning of the season!

Swap out my spring / summer wardrobe for my fall / winter wardrobe. 

This is a super obvious task for those of us who live in climates that experience seasons. New York is very hot and humid in the summer, but cools off quickly and gets absolutely frigid in the winter. I try to leave a few warm weather pieces out just in case we have a nice day, but in general, I pack away my warm weather clothes and shoes. I keep them in storage bins under my bed.  While I do this, I try to evaluate my clothes-- figure out if anything should be donated or recycled, and what I need to replace. 

Reinforce all the buttons on my coats.

Trust me, this little task pays off. As I take out all my clothes for the fall, I set aside my coats with buttons. When I'm done putting my other clothes away, I take out a needle and some thread and begin reinforcing all the buttons on my coats. Over time the thread holding my buttons on gets bare or the fabric around it wears down. Reinforcing all my buttons is such a peaceful, productive activity that ensures I get the most out of my clothes. It's also a really meditative activity that is best done with some chill tunes and a hot cup of tea. As I sew my buttons, I like to think about where I want to go in my coats-- I find that helps me meditate on what kind of autumn and winter I want to have. Visualizing is key to feeling prepared for opportunities and blessings. At least, for me.

Stock up on your favorite hot drinks.

Whether you love tea, cider, coffee drinks, or cocoa, now is the time to get excited for the season by getting your favorite seasonal drinks. Maybe you already celebrated the start of the season by grabbing the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Hot drinks are one of the few pleasures that helps us deal with the cold months. Get your spiced ciders and your hot teas now so you're prepared for the first chilly day!

Prepare your new skin and hair care regimen. 

If the weather shifts a lot in the cooler months, you may find your skin and hair have very different needs when summer ends. Do you need to stock up on different products? Add a new step to your regimen? This is the time to evaluate. For me, I switch from watery creams that don't clog my pores in hot sweaty months to heavier creams that will outlast the wind and dry air.  I also add hair masks into my routine since my hair dries out easily in the fall and winter.

Buy new candles. 

If you're like me, you love a good scented candle. In the summer, I tend to favor citrus-y scents, and then switch to more earthy or sweet-smelling scents in the fall and winter. If you don't have a fall candle left over from last year, treat yourself to a new one. 

Journal about what you want out of the rest of the year.

Your priorities have probably shifted from the beginning of the year. Now is the time to ask yourself what goals still need to be reached, which ones can be released, and what do you need to put your energy toward? Write down what you're looking to get done before the year is out and affirm your ability to achieve the things you need to. 

 Do you have any fall prep rituals?