Beat the Summer Blues With These Easy Fall Transition Tips
The end of summer is bittersweet for me. While I love the sun, sand and surf of summer, I’m happy to return to the routine of fall and the new school year (sorry kiddos!) It’s also a time to eliminate clutter in the house, create new goals and establish better sleep habits as the days get shorter and shorter.
- Look for areas of your home where you can easily add shelves, and put items there. (Good Housekeeping cites the bathroom and kitchen as two major areas that can benefit from shelf additions.)
- Use simple but reliable tools like baskets, closet organizers, shelf dividers and containers to make those closets much easier to deal with.
- Untangle cords and cables in the living room, office and other areas with a lot of electronics.
- Go through the whole house room by room and throw out unnecessary items. You'll be surprised how much space you free up.
- Start small by making realistic but nonetheless important goals for each week. This will help you ease into more complicated planning, according to Life Goals Mag.
- While you probably keep a calendar on your phone or laptop, having a physical one can really boost your motivation and discipline.
- The Gaia Leadership Project recommends using a color code to create a categorized and truly comprehensive calendar for the upcoming months.
- Keep a journal with notes on how your process is going.
- The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School advises creating a distinct pre-sleep activity routine: reading, taking a bath, doing non-strenuous relaxation exercises. Specifics aren't important; just get in the habit of always doing it.
- Rotate any caffeine, alcohol or nicotine intake out of your before-bed habits.
- Keep your bedroom quiet and dimly lit in the hours ahead of bedtime.
- Don't bring any papers or electronic devices associated with work into bed, according to the National Sleep Foundation.