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5 Tips To Get A Leg Up On Fall

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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.

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Well, it's September. On one hand, I'm excited because my birthday is just around the corner. However, it also means that cooler weather is on its way. Summer is my favorite season and I'm always a little sad to see it go. What helps me deal is preparation. Sometimes I annoy my husband with my incessant need to plan and organize. I like to remind him that it's impossible to be spontaneous when you have long, red locks.

But seriously, now is a great time to start preparing for fall and winter. Below I've outlined five areas to help us all get ready.

1. School Is In Session

In most places, kids are back to school. Whether your child is back to a brick and mortar building or learning virtually, it's important to be organized. Make sure you have all needed supplies on hand. Stay on top of what projects are coming up so you know if you'll to purchase anything extra. Keep important dates and events on your calendar. Stay consistent with updating computers, tablets, and phones. It might be helpful to make updating a part of your morning or evening routine.

2. Get Your Car Ready

Now is the time for preventative maintenance. Schedule an oil change, check your heater and tires, make sure everything is in good, working order. Don't forget to have a winter kit in your trunk: Gloves, a change of clothes, first aid kit, a blanket, small snow shovel, sand or kitty litter.

You might also consider a AAA membership. My husband and I are new members. Last winter, my husband hit a giant pothole in the city on his way to work. It completely shredded the tire and he was left stranded in a parking lot. Luckily, I thought to purchase AAA and within 45 minutes, they were there to tow him home. There are different levels with varying price points and it's worthwhile to consider.

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3. Get Your Home Ready

While the weather is still cooperative, get your home ready.

  • Schedule a professional to check your heater.
  • Make sure your smoke and CO detectors are in operable order.
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher.
  • Clean out your dryer's vent and hose line.
  • Be ready to clean out the gutters.
  • Stock up on winter gear: hats, gloves, scarves, snow shovels, snow blower, salt or kitty litter, etc.

4. Set Time Aside For Yourself

This is a busy time of year. The kids have school and sports activities, work ramps up, the holidays are just around the corner. Make sure to schedule in some time for you: enjoy a hobby, get on the mat for a yoga session, practice daily meditation, have a spa night once a week, whatever you'd like. This is important for destressing from the day or week and will go a long way to help your mental health.

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5. Have A Flexible Routine

Routines are important. A morning routine can help set your day up for success and an evening routine helps prepare you for the next day. I love having a routine, but sometimes life throws a wrench in your plans. Having the right mindset and being flexible will help mitigate stress and allow you to focus on the tasks at hand. Finding a little humor and practicing gratitude goes a long way in keeping your attitude in check.

© 2021 Alyssa

Comments

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 01, 2021:

Thank you Pamela!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 01, 2021:

That's wonderful to hear! Happy September!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 01, 2021:

I think you are a very organized person, Alyssa. I like to be organized also. I think you made several good tips for this time of year. I like autumn because of the beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing your tips!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 01, 2021:

I have belonged to AAA for a long time, and I'm a huge fan. They really are very good, and take advantage of the many discounts they offer.

Great tips! Happy September and cooler weather! Hooray!

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