For a person who has taken the first steps towards a minimal lifestyle, Autumn was the season I expected to struggle with the most. I can go a little crazy with fall decor and just love it when the colours of the season hit the stores, browns, mustard’s and deep greens as these are my absolute favourite shades.
I’ve had to be strong willed and stop myself from going on a massive spending splurge, which I know would only result in re-cluttering my home and wardrobe space.
I’ve decided not to punish myself though, as that will just result in feeling like I’m missing out on what my favourite season brings, a feeling of cosy heartfelt joy, comfort and family love.
I created a small list of things that will bring the most into my home and wardrobe this season, and they won’t mean I’ll be going over the top and running my new minimalist mind set. The list included some new cushions for the bed, a throw for snuggling by the fire and some new slippers as my last pair were virtually threadbare. Candles are also a must for me at this time of year and you can find some reasonably priced ones. I’ve purchased a couple for the bedroom, they’ll last right through to Christmas time and will create a cosy relaxing atmosphere.
There are also a couple of books I’d like to read over winter, but I’ll try and get these from my local library which will save a purchase and adding more clutter to my shelves.
So, this year I’m trying to make Autumn more about things to do with friends and family rather than things to buy. There are also so many simple activities I want to fit in such as finishing the scarf I’ve been knitting for months! And the embroidery I started in September. I also want to get out and about more, visiting local places. As a member of the National Trust I want to use the benefits more and there are some lovely local places near me, such as Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks, which always look lovely in the fall with all the trees changing colour.
For me this season, I’ve decided that I will still be as minimal as possible but without denying myself the small pleasures that mean so much at this time of year. A couple of candles and a throw are not going to massively clutter up my space and will make my home feel warm and cosy as the nights draw in. For me minimalism is not about stripping away everything that makes me happy as it’s those small pleasures that bring joy and a warm glow in the colder months.
Here is my bucket list for fall which only took a few minutes to complete and will remind me what I want to get out of the season. You can download and print a copy for yourself HERE
I may not achieve everything on my list, but I can always carry some over into next year.
What are some of your bucket list favourites for Autumn?