Why I LOVE September

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In the start over, do over category of life, there are basically two obvious opportunities every year… September… back-to-school time and of course, January.

September to me always feels like a new beginning.  No matter how long I have been out of school, I find that with the summer months behind us, I get giddy with excitement when I turn my calendar page to September.

How to make a no sew pillow cover

So much promise…new things, new projects, new aspirations…it is as if a new year begins, fresh and open… a proverbial blank slate. One that I am excited to begin to write on.

A blank slate or getting back on track is what many of us wish for.

A quieter, uncluttered house, a new project to start, a stretch of evenings to just stay home and curl up with a good book, hosting a tea party for your friends, along with eagerly awaiting the new season of your favorite TV shows.

Easy and cheap diy fall decorating ideas using dried hydrangeas and a basket

September also means new colors and cooler weather. If months had colors associated with them then September’s would be faded green. The flowers in the garden and leaves on the trees are on the cusp of calling it quits. They’ve given the last green they’ve got, and are heading into a slight fade that will soon turn amber and orange.

As summer comes to an end, I am very excited for fall that starts on September 23rd, for more than the reasons I listed above.

Paris and New York signs above wall clocks

At the end of the month, Ed and I are taking a two week trip to France.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

I have never been to Paris and have been dreaming of going since I read the book, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans when I was 10 years old.

To say I am beyond excited is an understatement. I have already started packing. :-) Once the trip gets closer I will tell you more about what we are planning.

If you have ever been to Paris, Normandy or anywhere in between the two and have any suggestions on what we should see and places to eat, please leave me a comment.

Getting Back Into Your Groove

If you are dreaming of making a fresh start this fall, or getting back on track for your goals (or even setting some new ones), like being a whole lot more organized or simply pushing that reset button we all wish we had sometimes.

The coming of autumn means a different kind of to-do list for me. Less frantic and more about fixing up my house for comfort and livability. I still have one big project in the works for the front exterior of the house, but after that I will start my fall nesting process.

Things to Do in September

Over the next few weeks while we transition from summer to fall and the weather is still nice, why not…

sidewalk cafe

Take an Afternoon Off – stroll through your town to window shop while enjoying the feeling of being carefree.

  • Stop at the local coffee shop or cafe to get a cup of your favorite beverage.
  • Turn your phone off and sit outside, lookup, smile and enjoy the sights and sounds around you.

Go Day-Tripping – Instead of only taking an afternoon off, play hooky and put an unused vacation day to good use to do a little sightseeing.

  • Make a date with yourself to head to a museum, park or town you have always wanted to spend some time in.
  • Eat lunch at a local spot you have been wanting to try out. Take along a notebook and your phone to document what inspires you. 
Rack on street filled with black bicycles.
  • Do something completely different. For instance, instead of driving, get on a bike and feel like you were 12 again exploring the town and neighborhood around you.
  • Remember there are no long lines or tickets required to see the art in the everyday.

Head to the Garden Store – Fall flowers and pumpkins will be showing up at your local garden stores and nurseries soon.

  • Keep an eye out so you can get the best pick so when the first day of fall arrives, you can celebrate by filling your beds and planters with ornamental cabbages, mums and other fall favorites.

What Do You Enjoy? – Create a LOVE LIST.

  • Spend some time to reflect on the things that make you feel good, inspired and confident. Make a list…Do more of these things everyday.
Library book

September is National Library Month – Time to dust off your library card. I like to think of the library as my free university of continuing education.

  • There is nothing like a good browse among the shelves in a library or bookshop to broaden your horizons. Libraries are treasure troves of inspiration and free books to read.
  • My favorite books to search for are older home decor and craft books as they often provide just the idea or inspiration I have been looking for.
  • Get to know the librarian, tell them what you are interested in and they will become your greatest resource and find you books that you may never have considered.

If you don’t have a library nearby, today’s bookstores sell much more than books. They are a bountiful source of art, design, color and creative packaging.

Even if you don’t buy anything, you can still come away with inspiration.  

  • Stop at the magazine racks and flip through art, craft, design, and home decorating publications.
  • Bring a sketchbook or journal to record ideas you see.

Go on a Nature Walk – Take a bag or tote with you so you can collect acorns, pinecones, leaves and branches to decorate your home for fall. 

daily planner illustration

Buy a New Planner –  along with some colorful pens and pencils just like you did as a kid when it was back-to-school time.

  • Use the planner to help you keep your life better organized. Don’t feel you have to use a ready-made planner. I find they never work the way I do. I have used many planners over the years and have found the most productive one for me is when I piecemeal one together that fits the way I work and live.
Christmas decorating and wrapping ideas

Start Christmas Shopping  – Get a head start now so you can relax and not feel frazzled once the holidays arrive.

How to get the right light in a closet so you can see the true colors of your clothes

Clean Out Your Clothes Closet – As the cooler weather approaches, September is the best time to organize your clothes closet.

  • Get your fall clothes front and center so you can see what still fits, needs to be sewn or laundered.
  • When you figure out what you are going to keep, make a list of what items and accessories you can buy to complement what you already own. Clothes Closet Organizing Ideas and Free Printable Labels
House on lake murray

Go on A Dream Drive – Jump in your car, and while you still can… put the top down, open the sunroof and/or all the windows and take a drive around an area or street with beautiful homes.  

You may not be able to live in the homes you see along your drive, but you can takeaway plenty of inspiration to add a little bit of what you like to your own home.

Do you love September as much as I do? What do you like to do before the cooler days of fall arrive?

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  1. I love, love, love Paris. My husband traveled internationally and I tagged along a couple of times a year because of all his frequent flyer miles.

    There is so much to se and do in Paris. Fill up in the scones. There’s nowhere in the US that compares.

    Have a great time.

    1. Hi Rebecca – You are so lucky to get to go along on your husband’s trips to Paris. I am looking forward to every minute while there and besides just seeing the sites, I plan to fill up on lots of scones, baguettes, wine and more. :-)

  2. Hi Karen,
    I subscribe and was researching air stone, etc when I saw your sofa search. White/sea salt slipcover has been my search too so also look at Ballard and Home Decorators. HD now has Home Depot as their marketeer. PB’s are a China import I think and are high. Would love to sit in Grandin Road/Frontgate.
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    Love your site!

    1. Hi Michele – Thanks for the ideas on where to look for a sofa. I wish I could have sat on the Grandin Road sofas, too. They were a great price. Are you going to use AirStone? I have used it twice now and love how easy it is to install. Everyone who sees our fireplace can’t believe it is made of lightweight fake stones. :-)

  3. Here in the Upstate of SC, September allows cooler days to garden, hike, dine al fresco; resuming Bible study, taking a course, faithful attendance to exercise, etc. all adding to the joy of anticipation of new beginnings. Each day is a gift to be embraced as best we can. Carpe diem!

  4. We spent the summer decluttering and packing 75% of our home of 24 years. Then we had it and the carpets cleaned. So, yes, I am enjoying the CLEAN! But that also means we’re waiting for the house to sell.
    I appreciate your view of September, a new start! I retired from my teaching position, so it’s my first September in 60 years without starting school. Think I’ll take some of your suggestions to say goodbye to this area. Blessings to y’all!

    1. I retired December 31,2016. I’m just learning I don’t have to rush through everything. Such a joy. I spent the summer gardening, crafting, learning new recipes. So grateful. Hope your home sells quickly and you can start anew again!

      1. @Grace-thank you! Yes! to not rushing! Gardening is a lot cheaper than therapy and I look forward to creating a new garden next summer.