Here in the Southern Hemisphere the start of March signals the start of Autumn. While many mourn the end of summer, I say lets celebrate the harvest season and no one has better ideas to do this than RealSimple.com. So take advantage of the crisp weather and beautiful foliage with these following lists of fun things to do in the fall.
The Great Outdoors
- Go apple picking
- Go leaf-peeping
- Get lost in a corn maze
- Take a hot-air balloon ride
- Play a game of two-hand touch football
- Go for a hike
- Go for a hayride
- Collect colourful fall leaves
- Rent a cabin in the mountains
- Tailgate at your local football game
- Plant bulbs in your garden for next spring
- Run a race
- Take a drive in the country
- Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- Make a pinecone bird feeder
- Buy something from a bake sale
- Borrow a book from the library
- Make rice Krispy treats
- Buy a new notebook
- Jump in a pile of leaves
Eat and Drink
- Bake an apple or pumpkin pie
- Buy winter squash & Brussels sprouts at a farmers’ market
- Eat a candy apple (March Inspiration)
- Make butternut squash soup
- Drink hot spiced cider (March Inspiration)
- Roast vegetables for a tasty side dish
- Eat a slice of warm pumpkin bread
- Make a big batch of chili
- Tour a winery
- Dig up your sweaters from storage (March Inspiration)
- Learn to knit
- Listen to the sound of leaves crunching under your feet
- Watch geese flying north for the winter
- Spend a day antiquing
- Build a bonfire
- Collect pinecones & display them in a glass bowl
- Watch a kids’ soccer game
- Attend a fall festival
- Wear your favourite jeans
- Remember what you’re thankful for in your Gratitude Journal
Add To The Wardrobe
- A cotton waffle Robe
- A crisp tuxedo shirt
- A fleece vest
- An athletic Sweatshirt
- A lightweight waterproof coat
- A structured & stylish classic khaki trench coat
- A Trim Leather Blazer
- A navy blue peacoat
- A pair of black or brown flat knee high leather riding boots
- A pair of black high heeled ankle grazing booties
- A pair of sophisticated leather gloves
- Switch from gold blusher & bronzer to an orangey blush.
Add To The Home:
- A serving platter
- A chip & dip tray
- A rolling cooler
- A soup tureen
- A roasting pan
- A leaf blower
Fall isn’t all play and no work unfortunately, remember as the leaves start to fly, its also time to prepare your house for the winter with the following fall cleaning checklists.
Inside Your House
- Wash all windows. Use glass cleaner, or one squirt of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle filled with water, & wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Pick a cloudy day so you can better see any streaks.
- Vacuum dusty canvas, cotton, & treated fabric blinds. Use a low setting with a brush attachment. Vinyl shades can be wiped down with a dampened microfiber cloth if they need a little more attention.
- Moderately dirty window treatments need a two-step approach. Start by dusting or vacuuming the valance & frame, then vacuum from top to bottom using the upholstery attachment for drapes, & the brush attachment for blinds. Or submerge blinds or shades in a few inches of cool water & two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid (check labels first to make sure this is safe). Take out the metal weights first; they can rust.
- If your window coverings are very dirty, check labels for cleaning instructions. Some cotton, polyester, rayon, & wool drapes can be machine washed on delicate. Always send lace, linen, satin, & silk drapes & shades to a professional cleaner.
- Clean the walls, dust, wash, rinse, & dry painted or wood-paneled walls.
- Clean ceiling-mounted light fixtures.
- Vacuum & spot-clean upholstered furniture and cushions.
- Wipe down the kitchen cupboards, empty them, wash them down, replace liners (if you use them), de-clutter, & reorganize.
- Dust off the refrigerator condenser coil, use your vacuum’s brush attachment & gently vacuum it.
- Have carpets professionally cleaned if needed.
- Evaluate any wooden floors, have scratched or dull wood floors professionally scuff-sanded & recoated, or completely refinished.
- Spruce up your computer, dust the CPU, clean & wipe down the keyboard, & dust off the monitor with a microfiber cloth.
- Straighten the closets. Declutter & reorganize.
- Test smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, or install them, if you haven’t yet.
- Replace the furnace filter.
- Have the wood-burning fireplace & stove flues & chimneys professionally inspected & swept.
- Declutter & clean out the attic.
Outside Your House
- Check weather stripping & caulking around doors & windows & repair or replace as needed.
- Check & clean the gutters, do the downspouts, too.
- Clean the patio furniture, then store away.
- Drain & store garden hoses.
- Check the exterior paint & touch up as needed.
- Drain the pool, if applicable.