How to Prepare Your Home for the Fall Holidays

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There are plenty of holidays to celebrate this fall. Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving— you name it. All these special occasions, colorful leaves, and hayrides mean you need your home to look the part. Each new season means new beginnings. As summer begins to wind down and the crisp fall breeze rolls in, it’s time to reinvent your home and prepare for the busy holiday season ahead. From decluttering each room to decorating your home and yard, we’ll go over the best way to prepare your house for the fall holidays.

Out with the Old, In with the New

The first step to preparing your home for the fall holidays is decluttering. Now that the days are becoming shorter, it’s time to swap out your beach umbrellas and pool floats for scarecrows and pumpkins. This means going through every room of your home and putting away beach towels, bathing suits, pool toys, and other poolside essentials away in the back of your closets, in the garage, or stored in your basement. This also means you should sort through all of your junk mail and papers, as well as other items that piled up throughout the summer. Once your summer items are stored away, you can bring out your fall decorations, Halloween t-shirts, and Thanksgiving dinner plates.

Aside from decluttering the inside of your home, it’s time to clean up the outside of your home as well. Do you have summer plants that are fading away and dying? Remove them and replace them with fall plants such as mums, or cool-season vegetables like lettuce and brussel sprouts. Additionally, remove any summer lawn decor and replace it with fall-inspired decorations such as hay bales, corn stalks, pumpkins, and homemade scarecrows.

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Get Festive

Now that your home is sparkling clean and decluttered, it’s time to get into the fall spirit and begin decorating. Decorating is the fun part because you’re able to express your creativity and turn your home into a seasonal wonder that your neighbors and guests will adore. 


To prepare the inside of your home, consider the following ideas:

  • Place fall-scented candles around your home 
  • Fill vases with fall flower bouquets filled with pansies, chrysanthemums, celosias, and black-eyed Susans
  • Place gourds and pumpkins on your mantle, desk, countertops, and in baskets around your home
  • Place a fall-inspired tablecloth on your dining room table

To prepare the outside of your home, consider these following ideas:

  • Build a homemade scarecrow with your kids using old jeans and an old flannel and fill it with leaves raked from your yard
  • Hang a fall wreath on your front door
  • Fill a classic red wagon with mums, pumpkins, and gourds
  • Decorate your yard with Halloween decorations like spiderwebs, jack-o-lanterns, and spooky monsters

Get the Party Started

Once your decorations are placed throughout your home and yard, it’s time to get the party started! Throwing festive fall holiday parties is a great way to bring everyone together for a good time. If you’re throwing a Halloween party, turn your home into a haunted house by installing black lights throughout your home, turning on a fog machine, and playing eerie music. Then, towards the end of the night, have a costume contest and have your guests vote for their favorite costume.

Once Thanksgiving comes, take it up a notch and turn your home into a fancy homestead that will make your attendees feel cozy and welcomed. Serve fall drinks such as hot chocolate, warm coffee, and apple cider. Then, bake some mouth-watering apple-cider donuts, pumpkin pie, and your famous turkey. There’s no better way saying “Happy Thanksgiving” than with a delicious meal that will make everyone thankful for all they have.

Ready, Set, Go!

With your kids back in school and the dog days of summer coming to a close, preparing your home for the fall holidays will serve as a therapeutic outlet to keep you busy. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for winter holiday decor shopping! As you begin to get your home prepared for the fall season, keep these tips in mind. By decluttering first, you’ll have a blank canvas to start anew and turn your home into a picture-perfect fall home. From there, all you need to do is decorate the inside and outside of your home with autumn-inspired decor pieces and treat your guests to fall favorite dishes, and you’ll be good to go.

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