The fall season here in St. Louis is the best. After a long, hot, humid, buggy summer the cooler temperatures and disappearance of mosquitos is greatly anticipated. Our weeks have slowed down to include more routine and the farmers market on Saturday are our only plans. I’m slowing down too and breathing all that this fall has to offer. I have less than ten weeks until a new baby comes and want to enjoy the peace that comes with this time. So, I’m setting some goals for myself this season.
We just got back from our last trip of the year and are settling down at home. Most of my goals align with being content with being in our home and creating a space that fosters living well. My dream this fall is to establish roots of healthy habits that will carry through these childrearing years. I know life with one child is sometimes difficult to manage, so I want to do my best to prepare as much as I can for two.
So, here’s what I’m working on:
1 | Creating Order & Good Rhythms (and keeping them)
I’m not naturally orderly and seem to breed chaos, but in this season of life, I’m working on some of those weaknesses. My toddler craves order and routine and I’m finding that it’s something I’m missing too. I loved my job as a teacher because all the routines were mostly set in place and I had to follow them.
In my home, I find that even if I create some semblance of a routine I never follow through. Thankfully my toddler is better than I am at routines and is helping me in this area. Seeing her thrive in order and routine helps me to keep it up.
Right now we’re working hard on creating order and good rhythms in the evening. Especially with our bedtime routine to assist Ruby with going to sleep in her new room and bed without a fight. To help this we’ve organized Ruby’s room and created an orderly space.
2 | Make our Home Function Well
Maybe it’s the crazy nesting phase setting in because, for the most part, our house runs just fine. I find myself crafting different ways to rearrange a room or organize Ruby’s activities in a way that serves us better.
Another part of the nesting phase is cleaning the house from top to bottom. A little fall cleaning anyone? My problem is that I want the house to just be clean, but the idea of dusting even bores me. There are many times I’ve checked for deals on a housecleaner because I cleaning feels like such a chore. Mundane tasks hardly interest me and I’d always rather be doing anything else. I’m missing out on the present, missing out on loving my family well, of bringing order and peace to my little home.
My mantra these days is that it’s worth the work, we will all function better. I’m certainly thankful for great smelling soaps that help me to align my thoughts to fall, a cozy and clean home, and nights of just being a family. The only reason you see a clean sink in these photos was that I was so excited for the mum scent to be back in my home!
3 | Be Present
Man, do I just want to enjoy these days right now. We’re in a very good place, Ruby is so much fun, Jordan is working less (for now) and I’m still feeling good. There are a lot of unknowns in our coming future, what life as a family of four will be like & where we will be moving next year. And currently, life is a little boring, which I’m more than ok with even if I continually check flight prices. I can sometimes live in the future, I’m a daydreamer of sorts, but these simple days are so, so good and I want to experience them fully.
4 | Figure our what Hygge means
I mentioned in my summer reading list that I’ve been reading a lot about Hygge, the Danish concept which basically means all things cozy.
My goal is to figure out what it means for our home and finding ways to make our home warm and inviting as we spend more of our time within these walls. Plants, scents, candles, photographs, decor, are all things that help to create a welcoming environment.
I know I continue to talk about these ideas of routine and rhythms. All of you type a and routine people might think I’m crazy. But, maybe you can teach me something? I’ll trade you in some lessons on being a little crazy, spontaneous, and an adventure seeker. I don’t plan on trading those things in, but I need to be better about finding the adventure in even the most minuscule of moments. And realizing that while we do go on some pretty spectacular trips, I also want to enjoy and live the moments in-between as well.
I just placed a big Grove order and am excited for my well-researched, trusted, cleaning products to arrive. If you’re wanting a jump start into making your home cozy for fall, I highly suggest trying out Mrs. Meyer’s fall scents. They instantly put you in the fall mode and before you know it your house will be smelling like mums and you’ll be pulling out all of the pumpkins.
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