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Preparing You and Your Home for Autumn

Gina Narramore

Gina Narramore

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Lifestyle

September 23rd marks the first day of autumn with cooler days, darker nights and annual harvests ahead. But how can you prepare for the season?  

After one of the hottest UK summers on record, perhaps adjusting to the cooler weather and darker nights of autumn feels out of place. However, autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, when nature begins its transformation for a fresh start in the spring and the onset of darker days makes for intimate experiences with family and friends.

In this article, we take a look at how you can prepare yourself and your home for the upcoming season and make the most from it.  

Get to Grips with Hygge

A Danish and Norwegian way of life that became a global interior craze, Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) essentially means creating a warm, cosy atmosphere and the enjoyment of simple pleasures with good people in your life. Even though it can be applied year-round, the height of hygge tends to be in the autumn and winter. This is because it’s a wonderful way to create special experiences or appreciate the good things in life during a time when the weather can become a barrier.

A typical hygge setting in autumn would be a cosy evening of reading at home, surrounded by the glow of fragrant candles, snug blankets, a warm fire and a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

Create a Cosy Atmosphere

Taking influence from hygge, give your home an update that will create a sense of comfort, calm and cosiness so that even when it’s dark by 4pm, you’ll feel nourished and content indoors. Seasonal candles and fluffy rugs or throws are a sure way to add to a home’s hygge feel, while soft cushions, quality textiles and seasonal scents are ideal. 

Display your favourite family pictures, scenic autumnal photographs and reminders of the loved ones in your life so that when you unwind in your living area, you’ll be reminded of good experiences and good people. 

As well as decor updates, it’s important to have functional, small comforts on hand to add to your space’s cosy charm. Make sure to have a pair of fluffy socks or slippers to sink your feet into and keep other simple pleasures close by. Whether it’s a favourite hand cream, flowers or a beloved mug being visible, they will all add to a space that can promote wellbeing and comfort. 

Treat Yourself 

Indulge in long, hot baths with your favourite scents and products this autumn, as an excellent way to soothe aching joints caused by cold temperatures. Make a ritual of applying lotions or creams that may benefit any seasonal aches or pains, with lit candles close by and a fluffy dressing gown to relax in after.  

Make sure to stock up on your favourite drinks and snacks too, to add to the cosy atmosphere at home and lift your mood on a miserable day. By opting for healthier options such as dark chocolate, nuts and lighter versions of rich foods, you can be sure to feel physically better too.

Create New Traditions

 

Autumn is an excellent time of year to spend quality time with family and friends. Use the season as a way to create wonderful experiences and memories with your loved ones, as well as try new things together that can be continued each year. 

Perhaps try a baking day with leftover Halloween pumpkins, horse chestnut picking, conker making or creating art from fallen leaves. You can also create new traditions by planning a special day for the cinema, theatre or host a stay-at-home movie.

If you or your loved ones are foodies, you could try making jam, wine or beer together to be ready in time for Christmas. You could even create a special meal, host a potluck and arrange parlour games.

Connect with Nature

Even though the weather may be less appealing in autumn, the season can offer wonderful days of outdoor activity too. Visiting forests and woodland is delightful at this time of year, as you can witness the changing colours of leaves and the beauty of bare trees. 

You can also visit favourite gardens and outdoor spots to see an entirely different view of a landscape that may usually be covered in foliage. National Trust properties are an excellent choice at this time of year, often providing indoor areas and attractions so that you needn’t stay outdoors all the time.

If you’re unable to get outside, try cooking a hearty meal with seasonal vegetables and produce, or displaying local and seasonal floral arrangements in your home to bring a sense of the outdoors in.

Enjoy the Simple Pleasures in Life

Use these darker months as an excuse to get round to the things that you skipped in the summer, in order to make the most of the weather. Perhaps write a list of all the books that you’ve been meaning to read but have never got round to, begin a box set that you’ve always wanted to watch or listen to the new albums that you’re intrigued by. 

You could also look into trying a new hobby such as drawing, painting, knitting or writing. For the more adventurous, you could hand-make Christmas presents for your loved ones this year, using the time in autumn to craft them. 

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