• Areliana Hillberry

My Seasonal Routine: The Fall Essentials!

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Oh autumn, how I love thee. The cool weather, the crinkle of dried leaves, the cozy sweaters - these are just some of the things I love about my favorite season of the year. I know, what a cliché - but it’s just who I am. As soon as the temperature drops, I begin my fall ritual like the creature of habit that I am. It’s finally time to pull out all the candles and fall decorations! My fall décor collection is disappointingly small, but I like to add something new each year. This year I added my handmade crochet pumpkins (you can get your own pumpkins here!). Let me take you through some of my favorites for this oh-so-lovely season.

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The first thing I do to set the mood is of course: light my candles! Now let’s get one thing straight - I am NOT a snob when it comes to candles. I don’t care how much it costs or what brand it is, if it smells like grandma’s pumpkin pie, I’m sold. However, my number one candle for fall (and Christmas!) is the Pumpkin Butter WoodWick from Yankee Candle. They are a bit pricey, but they last me through the holiday season and the crackle is super satisfying!

I also love Glade candles - generally I like a more subtle scent, but these are like whole-floor coverage. I only use these when I have friends or family over and I usually put one by the front door so the scent gets pushed through the house when guests arrive. The two best scents for fall (in my opinion) are Apple Cinnamon and Cashmere Woods.

My last go-to is an “everyday burn” Spiced Pumpkin candle that I can light whenever I feel like it (all the time) and get those cozy fall vibes. After I light every candle and my house smells like pumpkin pie on crack, it’s finally time to clean out the closet.

Our house is well over 100 years old and is built in a way that doesn’t really provide a lot of logical space, like an awkward angled hallway, crooked doorways, and deep slanted closets. Needless to say, figuring out how to organize these odd spaces has been a challenge - but we can talk about home renovations later. For now let’s stick to cleaning out the closet. Fall is my favorite time to pull out all of my old clothes and decide what to keep (have I worn it in 6 months?) or donate, then I organize them and bring my favorite long sleeves to the front.

I also want to share some of my favorites for seasonal storage, like this cute and easy to use scarf hanger. I previously kept all of my scarves in a bin, which was hidden from view in the back of my closet and hard to sort through. This scarf hanger makes it so I can see all of my scarves at once and easily pick the one that suits my outfit of the day. Another storage must is an over-the-door hook organizer - I have several of these because they are perfect for hanging seasonal coats, purses I use throughout the year, belts, hats, and bras (especially bras). Having these hook organizers makes it easy to rotate important items to the front depending on the season.

When I finally finish cleaning out my closet, I go a little crazy and start decluttering and cleaning the rest of my house. I’m talking major purge, because nothing screams fall like minimalism + cozy blankets for the perfect Instagram snapshots. It’s a bit of a process, but the best part is, when it’s over I light my candles, curl up in a blanket, and watch some of my favorite movies with my cats. Candles, fall decorations, cozy blankets, and three black cats - it doesn't get much better than that! What are some of your favorite fall must haves? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay adventurous.


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