The shadows are longer, the days are shorter, and the streets are quieter — autumn is upon us! Whilst some people squeal with excitement at the first sign of a pumpkin spice latte, others are down in the dumps knowing that warm summer days are a thing of the past. Let’s turn that frown upside down and remind you how cool the autumn months actually are!

Here are some tips to prepare yourself and your house for the next few months.

Baking fun

Just think of all the tasty ingredients that magically appear around autumn time! Cinnamon, pumpkin, plums, apples — just throw them all together and you’ve got yourself some delicious baked goods, warm and comforting. All that’s missing is a cup of tea and then you’re sorted. If you’re stuck for ideas, here’s a heap of autumn-inspired recipes.

Decorate the house

Who doesn’t love autumnal decorations? You can decide yourself how much is too much (is that even a thing?). From simply dotting a few pumpkins around the house, to going all out with a wreath on the door, flower arrangements, foliage, and tartan everywhere! This will no doubt get you, your family, and any visitors you might have in the autumn mood.

Prepare your skin

Chilly temperatures and dry air are harsh on your skin so it’s best to prepare your body’s largest organ for what’s ahead. Opt for extra-moisturising products to prevent your skin from drying out. Another tip is to avoid hot showers as they strip oils from your skin and can damage the protective barrier. Moisturise daily and consider using a face mask a few times a week to nourish your skin.

Jumpers at the ready!

Can you already taste the crisp, autumn air? Grab all those woolly jumpers and hoodies that have been stuck in the back of your wardrobe for the best part of a year and get layering! Working out which accessories go with which outfit is fun! Just don’t forget your gloves, scarf, and bobble hat!

Colour your hair

Your wardrobe’s got the autumnal vibe going on, so why not your hair? From copper, chestnut, and mahogany to burnt orange, auburn, or cappuccino, the range of shades at your fingertips is endless. Enlist the help of a hairdresser or alternatively dye your hair at home yourself — whatever you feel most comfortable doing.

Spruce up the house

You’ve heard of spring cleaning, so why not autumn cleaning? Give your home a good tidy so that as temperatures drop, you’ll be comfy and cosy in a clean house. With Christmas coming up, why not clear out your wardrobe and see if there’s anything of yours or the kids that you can donate to charity?

Go outside!

With the temperature dropping by the day, it’s best to make the most of the great outdoors while you still can! Collect conkers, jump into a pile of crunchy leaves, go hiking in the woods, the world’s your oyster. Just make sure to wrap up warm!