Despite the mini heatwave we’ve experienced this weekend, the signs of Autumn are all around us. Autumn is my favourite month and I have been unpacking my jumpers and boots with glee. We went blackberry picking yesterday and I am enjoying planning filling Autumnal dishes to feed my little family. At this time of year I like to spend some time getting the house ready for Autumn. It seems like we were barely around over the Summer months and now the house is in need of some TLC.
Simple steps to get your house ready for Autumn
Over the last few weeks I’ve been having a bit of a deep clean of our house, doing things that don’t get done so often. I recently read The Organised Mum Method which helped me focus on a weekly cleaning schedule which seems to work.
We recently replaced the floor in our living/dining room and the hall which has made the whole downstairs look completely different. We’ve been looking at new stair lifts so my mum can come and stay more often and giving the whole place a bit of a makeover.
I hadn’t realised how much effort changing the floor would take. We had to pack away all our books and the children’s toys so the furniture could be moved. Now we’ve put the furniture back we decided it would be a good opportunity to move some items around. I haven’t unpacked everything as we’re enjoying less clutter.
The only thing I had to unpack was my books. A house is not a home without books! I did take the opportunity to donate some books to charity and re-organised the books according to the colour of their spine. Our bookshelves now look amazing and are a real feature point in the room.
It’s not just indoors which needs a bit of a makeover at this time of year. We usually cut the lawn for the last time at the end of September. This Indian summer might encourage the lawn to grow so we’ll be keeping a close eye on it. I encourage the kids to help out by clearing up fallen leaves and make sure to prune our lovely rose bushes.
I love the colours of Autumn and there are so many ways you can bring them inside at this time of year. I usually change the textiles in my house, washing and putting away the lighter summer throws for more autumnal tones and textures.
Autumn is a great opportunity to bring more light inside too. I’m already missing the long, light evenings. We’re turning the lights on earlier and lighting candles to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.
My husband keeps holding out for one more barbecue but soon it will be time to cover garden furniture and raise any pots to prevent them getting waterlogged. I love my little garden and look forward to getting it ready for winter.
My garden has been pretty colourful this year. Although I don’t like to buy cut flowers during Autumn you can simply swap fresh cut flowers for houseplants or make a display of miniature autumnal pumpkins with unusual twigs and leaves foraged on a weekend walk.
I hope you like my simple steps to get your house ready for Autumn. I would love to hear what you think.
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