Fall is officially here, and it seems to have happened overnight. Yesterday, you were lying by the pool, sipping lemonade and enjoying the hot sweaty days of Summer. Today, you grab a sweater as you rush out the door for work, feeling the brisk morning air bite at your bare arms. There’s no turning back the clock, no pressing pause, and certainly no hibernating for you! The seasons are changing, and quickly. With only a few short weeks until Halloween it’s time to start getting ready! Kudzu has noticed the changing seasons, and in accordance with “Pumpkin-flavored-everything” month, we have decided to compile a list of things to get YOU ready for the months (and holidays) to come!! We talked to dealers of all trades to compile this list and we’re sharing it with you to help make these next few months just a little bit easier. So grab a pen and paper, write this down, and add a few special “to-do’s” of your own. Image

A is for Ambiance. If there’s one quick, easy, and cheap way to make your house instantly ready for a new season, it’s to change the ambiance. The best way to do this is to make it smell like the season. If you don’t have time to whip up a homemade pumpkin pie, try lighting a pumpkin flavored candle (or whatever flavor you like). Filling your home with the smells of the season might not prepare you for everything to come, but at least your house will smell good while you figure it out! B is for Bedding. Change your bedding from those breezy Summer sheets to the warm comforters and quilts, good for cuddling up in all Winter long! C is for Comfort food (and Company!) These are the months where more and more guests will be visiting your home. Indulge in those cook books you have never opened, and whip up some delicious homemade chili. Top it off with a fresh baked pie and your friends are sure to spread the word.

D is for Decorate. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a little festive home decoration. Whether you compete in the neighborhood Christmas lights contest, or you simply carve a pumpkin for Halloween, decorations are the easiest way to spread some holiday cheer. Want to go big on decorations, but not so big on your wallet? – Look for DIY ideas on the internet! Pinterest and DIY blogs are great places to find tip and tricks to decorate for the holiday season. E is for Eat. Do I really need to explain this one?!

ImageF is for Fireplace/ Fire pit. Been using your fireplace as a storage spot these past few months? Well, clear out the clutter and sweep up the soot. The weather is only going to get cooler! G is for Garage. This is the perfect time to clean out and organize your garage. If this is where you store holiday decorations, start getting them out now. Doing this stuff early makes it much easier on you later on! H is for Home, duh! Reconnect with your home. Take this time to look around and do all those things you’ve been meaning to do. You (and your guests) will be spending a lot of time in your home these next few months. Listen to what it’s telling you! I is for Invite. Invite friends over for holiday get-togethers. It doesn’t have to be an actual holiday to hold a brunch or dinner with friends. If you think that’s too much- do a hot chocolate night with your girlfriends. Wanna kill two birds with one stone? Have a decorating party! Invite your closest friends over for treats and drinks and let everyone lend a hand in decorating!

Let’s skip J and K…L is for Light fixtures. Ever walk by those pendant lights and notice the cobwebs and dust bunnies? What better time than now to whip out the Swiffer and start dusting those lights. M is for Move. Move stuff around. Rearrange! Don’t have the money or time to buy new furniture or accessories? You don’t need to spend a fortune to give your home a makeover. Simply move things around. Switching things up can give your home an instant new look.Image

N is for Nesting. This doesn’t apply only to pregnant women. This is the perfect time to get acquainted with your house. Spend time in each room and discover what’s been neglected and what’s needed. O is for Organize. Before things get really crazy these next few months, start getting organized now. Go through house decorations, cookbooks, and more! Plan now to save you from stressing later. P is for Plant. Fall is the time to plant your bulbs for Spring. This needs to be done about 8 weeks before the first frost. Doing this now means you will have beautiful flowers blooming by Spring! Q…Hmmm, any thoughts? R is for Read. Curl up on that newly moved sofa, light that cleaned up fireplace, and get lost in a good book. I’m pretty sure this fixes every problem imaginable. S is for Shades. Give a room an instant facelift by replacing lamp shades. Switching up lamp shades makes the entire room look brand new! Skipping T, U, and V…

ImageW is for Windows. Once (or better yet, twice) a year, give your windows a good thorough cleaning. This is an instant way to get the exterior of your home looking brand new! X, Y..really? Last, yet most importantly is Z for Zzzz. After getting through this list and the next few months, catch up on some much needed sleep! You’ll definitely be needing it.

We hope this list helps you out during the hectic holiday season. Every letter may not apply to you, but use your own creativity to make this list fit your unique lifestyle. The seasons are changing rapidly and there’s no stopping them! So pull your boots up, print this list out, and start checking things off! Oh, and if you get a chance, stop by Kudzu to see whats changing with us over these next few months. Whether you’re looking for decorations, new furniture, or just a friendly face, we’re sure to have exactly what you need. Happy upcoming holidays from the ‘Zu to you!