Life Starts All Over Again When It Gets Crisp In The FallF. Scott fitzgerald
Yes, I had to put that cliche quote there. Because it is true! Doesn’t it feel like somehow, fall is a clean slate? We’re all going back to school, returning to work and our activities are starting up again.
In my eyes, fall allows for so many adventures and activities, so today I wanted to share with you 20 things to do in fall!
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Go for a walk in nature
Maybe an obvious one on the list of things to do in fall, but I think it’s so nice to go outside and take the time to actually look at the trees changing colors. I think often enough we sort of see it happening every day, but we never really take the time to appreciate how beautiful it really is!
If you’re fortunate enough to have a forest or woods near you, go there for a day.
If it’s warm enough, bring a picnic. If it’s colder, bring a thermos with hot chocolate or coffee. Wander around, get lost, or sit down and look at the trees and the leaves.
Have a little photoshoot
Last year, my friend and I went outside (again) and hd a little photoshoot for fun. We were throwing leaves around and running through the forest, and had a lot of fun.
Another place that’s amazing for fall is a sunflower field! or any flower field really.
As an added bonus, the pictures are so nice to look at! So pack your bag, maybe bring that picnic I mentioned, and have a little photoshoot! You won’t regret it.
Renew your routines.
We tend to do the same thing year round, regardless of the weather, temperatures or season. But in reality, that is against our human nature. We are made to interact with nature, and our bodies are made to adapt to changing seasons.
So, add ‘change routines’ to your list of things to do in fall and switch it up!
Whether you change up your morning coffee or completely switch up your night routine, a little bit of change never hurt anyone. In fact, it might motivate you to actually have a night routine!
Whilst we’re mostly outside in summer, fall is the time we return indoors and are confronted with our houses. I love going through my possessions to organize and declutter them before I stay in the house all winter. Any rainy day is perfect for this!
While you’re at it, might as well do some extra cleaning. I know we’re always talking about spring cleaning, but I do love a good fall cleaning. Like I said, we’ll be spending the most part of the next 6 months (or more) indoors, so something on my list of things to do in fall is to clean the house, and get it all organzied and clean for the winter!
Invite your friends and have an old fashioned game night. Bring out the board games and some snacks, and have fun with it. I love board games and I think they’re such a fun way to connect with people. It’s low effort, low cost and high fun!
Similarly, have a movie night. You could do this with friends, your family or your partner. Grab a good movie, a blanket and popcorn and you’re good to go! Extra points if you an go to a drive in movie, or go the extra mile and do it outside.
As our body adapts to fall, it needs some extra love and attention, and a pamper day is the perfect solution for it. You could go out to a spa and get yourself treated and pampered or, for a low cost option, take a look at this at-home pamper routine.
Have a lovely dinner
Have dinner with friends, family or your partner. You could even do a potluck, where everyone contributes something to the table. Food is definitely my love language, so anything food is a ‘heck yes’ for me. Share your favorite fall recipes with others, and enjoy a good meal. You don’t have to wait for thanksgiving to invite people over for dinner.
Go pumpkin picking
Pumpkin picking would be really high on my list of things to do in fall if it would be available in the netherlands, but for now I’ll have to be satisfied with the pictures I always see online. Google a pumpkin farm close to your house, and pick your new favorite pumpkin. You can carve them, use them as decor, or eat them!
Go fruit picking
A great one on the list of things to do in fall is fruit picking! Again, google a fruit farm near to you and go over there! I definitely plan on doing this this year, and I cannot wait to get all the apples. I am a huge fan of fall fruit like apples and pears, and I cannot wait to have the first ripe pear. How much more delicious would it be if I picked it myself?
Carve some pumpkins
Another thing we don’t really do in the Netherlands is pumpkin carving. I don’t think I’ve ever done it, and I’ve certainly never seen others do it. I think it would be so much fun though! Decide on a design and get going on your pumpkin! I’ve seen some really intricate designs on the internet, but I think the classic face is my favorite.
Bake apple pie
One of my favorite things to do in fall is bake a good apple pie. I love the process, the smell, and of course the end result! It is one of the easier baking recipes, especially if you don’t make the top layer super difficult, or watch some youtube videos to get a beautiful grid. Oh, just thinking about it makes me hungry!
Experiment with new recipes
As you may have noticed, I love food. And my kitchen. So for me, a new season means new food available, therefore new recipes. As I’ve written here, it’s best for our bodies to go with the seasons and eat whatever fruit/veggies are naturally available to us. These provide the nutrients we need at that time, and are often better sourced.
On top of that, new recipes get me so excited! I love going through cookbooks to get recipes, but I also adjust recipes to put my own spin on them. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, and just have fun in the kitchen!
Have a self care day
Similar to a pamper day, is a self care day. For me, self care is about more than pampering. Self care is also doing those annoying tasks you’re meant to do. It’s taking care of your environment. Taking care of your body, other than scrubbing and moisturizing.
I’ve written a separate post on a perfect self care day here for you to check out! Additionally, I’ve written a post on self care ideas for fall, specifically with the things to take into account for the season!
Sort through your clothes
As we switch out our summer clothes with some warmer clothes, it’s a good time to go through your closet. Ideally, you’d take a critical look at your summer clothes and donate the things you haven’t worn this year. If you haven’t worn them now, what are the chances you’ll wear them last year? Indeed, extremely slim.
It could be that you haven’t worn specific things because the weather has not been great (looking at you, Europe). In that case, imagine you’re flying off to a tropical destination tomorrow. Would you bring this item? If no, donate it anyway.
To me, cleaning out my clothes feels so refreshing!
Pick up a new book
If there is ever a good reason to pick up a book, it’s fall. The dropping temperatures, the changing leaves, the rain storms outside, it’s the perfect setting. Curl up on the couch, grab your blanket and your hot beverage of choice, and start reading your book!
Take a course
If there is anything you’ve been wanting to learn for a while, this is your sign. Fall is a great time to start something new, as many places are starting their beginners courses in fall. Whether you want to pick up a new language, learn to knit or join a sports team, fall is definitely the easiest time to get started. Even if there isn’t a physical place near you where you could learn these things, you can learn pretty much anything online. Look some tutorials up on youtube, coursera or skillshare and you’ll be ready to go.
Build a fort
Ah, the perfect indoor activity: building a fort! Grab all the linen, towels, blankets and pillows and go for it! A good fort is cozy but roomy. It’s the perfect place to read that book, watch a movie or have a deep conversation. Extra points if you can sleep in it!
Decorate the house
And I don’t necessarily mean to put pumpkins everywhere. I mean to change some small things in your house to make it more suitable for the cold weather. Change your bedsheets or your duvets to a warmer one, put a warm blanket next to your favorite place to sit, or switch out pillow cases.
While we favor cooler colors and fabrics in summer, fall is the time to switch it up. Move towards knitted items and darker colors. I have my eye on some beautiful dark green pieces from Zara home, and one or two of them might make their way to my house soon!
Adding a new scent to your diffuser or some new candles around the house will also definitely up the coziness!
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Let me know below what your favorite things to do in fall are!