Transition back into fall routines, gently: here’s how

Fellow moms, summer vacationers, and those unsure about the transition of seasons, this post is for you.

As the days get a touch shorter and the back-to-school buzz fills the air, it's time to strike that delicate balance between savoring the remaining summer moments and preparing for fall. 

Are you prone to let the impending autumn rush dampen your summer spirits? You don’t have to! Let’s talk about some savvy strategies to transition smoothly into the busyness of fall while still relishing the magic of August.

  1. Create a "Summer in Review" Activity

Before you dive into fall planning, take a breather and reflect on your summer experiences. Create a "Summer in Review" activity where you jot down your favorite memories, accomplishments, and adventures. Whether it's a scrapbook, a photo album, or a journal, capturing these moments will help you bid farewell to summer with a sense of gratitude and closure. 

Bonus: put your favorite photos on a thumb drive and play them on your TV in the background, so you have those amazing memories top of mind!

  1. Prioritize and Organize

As you gear up for fall, it is a good idea to prioritize your tasks and commitments. Make a list of what you want to accomplish before summer ends and categorize them based on urgency. This way, you can enjoy your remaining beach days while still ticking off important to-dos.

You don’t have to admit defeat, you can squeeze the most out of August!

  1. Transition Your Wardrobe Gradually

Does the idea of boots and sweaters make you a little sad? Part gently with your summer wardrobe without a heavy heart. Start incorporating fall pieces into your outfits while still enjoying your favorite summer attire. Pair that sundress with a light cardigan or those shorts with ankle boots. For accessories, you can transition that open tote bag to a messenger bag. This gradual transition will not only keep you comfortable but also get you excited about the upcoming fall fashion.

  1. Plan Mini Adventures!

August is the perfect time for weekend getaways and mini adventures. Explore local attractions, try new restaurants, or embark on a short road trip. These mini escapades will help you recharge while infusing your routine with a touch of spontaneity.

Even surprising the kids with a trip to get ice cream or order takeout to eat in the park can be considered a mini-adventure, and another memory to savor. 

  1. Embrace Time Management Techniques

Transitioning into fall means getting back to a more structured routine. Explore time management techniques like the Pomodoro Technique or the Eisenhower Matrix to manage your tasks efficiently. This way, you can make the most of your time without feeling overwhelmed by the shifting seasons.

What is your favorite time management practice? I’d love to hear!

  1. Set Realistic Fall Goals

As you gear up for the fall hustle, set realistic goals that align with your priorities. Keeping them realistic means having a good gauge of what’s possible (by using those time management techniques), and not overcommitting yourself.

Whether it's acing a class, launching a new project at work, or pursuing a hobby, these goals will give you a sense of purpose as the autumn leaves start to fall.

  1. Capture the Beauty of the Changing Seasons

August doesn't mean the end of outdoor beauty. Capture the transition from summer to fall through photography or art. Spend time in nature, capturing the changing colors and textures. Not only will this help you stay present, but it'll also create a visual diary of the season's shift.

  1. Incorporate Fall Flavors Gradually

While you still have access to the juicy fruits of summer, slowly introduce fall flavors into your meals. Blend those last peaches into smoothies, or enjoy a watermelon and feta salad. Gradually incorporate pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon into your recipes to make the seasonal shift smoother.

  1. Practice Mindfulness and Gratitude

We can’t say this often enough! Amidst the hustle, remember to practice mindfulness and gratitude. Take a moment each day to reflect on what you're grateful for. This practice will help you maintain a positive outlook as you navigate the transition between seasons.

Do you already have this practice going? How has it helped?


August is that unique bridge between summer's leisure and fall's productivity. By embracing these strategies, you can smoothly transition into the busyness of fall while still cherishing the joys of summer. Reflect on your memories, set your fall goals, and embrace the changing scenery. As you bid farewell to the warmth of summer, welcome the excitement of fall with open arms. Remember, life is a beautiful blend of seasons – and you're making the most of every moment.

Which tip is your favorite? Any that you don’t see yourself doing? Your thoughts are welcome in a comment.

Thanks for reading!

To your delightful remaining summer days,


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