Let's face it: it's easy to get caught up in all the consumer-driven fuss of fall – stocking up on sweaters, drinking PSLs on the daily, buying every pumpkin-cinnamon-apple scented candle you get a whiff of – all of which challenge the concept of living more simply. Thankfully, there are ways to appreciate autumn intentionally – instead of falling back into old shopping habits.
I think we can all agree that autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, from the brightly colored changing foliage to the crisp, cool air. Make an effort to get outside – take a stroll through your neighborhood, hike your favorite trails, enjoy a picnic at the park. Not only will it help you further appreciate the natural changes of the season, but it can also help clear your mind and offer inspiration for other aspects of your life.
OPT FOR NATURAL DECOR
Before the first leaf even falls on the ground, many large retail stores have already stocked their shelves from floor to ceiling with autumnal accessories that are "supposed" to make our homes feel cozier. However, a lot of it is merely stuff that we have to find a place for as soon as Thanksgiving has come and gone. Instead of filling your home with more clutter that you either have to store, donate, or throw away, opt for natural fall touches like pumpkins, flowers, branches, or even apples (they look as good as they taste!).
INVEST IN A QUALITY SWEATER
As a recovering sweaterholic, I know how tempting it can be to stock up on ALL the cozy knits as soon as autumn arrives. Instead of hitting the mall, consider investing in one quality sweater that will last for many seasons to come, or if you're on a tight budget, shop secondhand. You'd be surprised by the number of quality, unique sweaters you can find while thrifting! As for me, I'm looking forward to cozying up in my new ethically-made wool sweater that I picked up in Iceland over the summer.
BAKE YOUR FAVORITE FALL TREATS
There's something about the act of baking that can be very therapeutic. It helps to clear your mind, focusing on the current task at hand, and once it's done, you can indulge in something that you made. Is there anything more satisfying? I didn't think so. You don't have to be an expert baker to partake in this timeless autumnal activity – all you need is a good recipe, the right ingredients, and your own two hands.
ENJOY A COZY NIGHT IN
As a total homebody, there's nothing I love more than spending a cozy evening at home, either crocheting, reading, or snuggling up for a good movie with my husband. As the days grow shorter and the nights colder, autumn is the perfect season to slow down and enjoy this relaxing – and free – activity, especially after a long week.