Bring out the warmer bedding. Comforters and quilts will make those chilly nights more pleasant. Get washing and dry cleaning out of the way now so that they're fresh and ready to grab when those goosebumps arise at night.
Replace bulbs and batteries. Think fast! Replace light bulbs around your apartment now to avoid being stuck in the dark later. ENERGY STAR offers a great online resource for helping you choose the right energy saving bulbs. This is also an ideal time to swap out batteries in your smoke detectors and flashlights. Tip: Be sure to keep flashlights easily accessible for when the power goes out.
Go with a fall-inspired color palette. Fall is a favorite season because of the extraordinary changes we see outside. As leaves turn red, orange and yellow, your apartment can take on the same seasonal look. Small accessories like pillows and tableware are easy and affordable ways to update your apartment's color scheme for the season.
Stash some meds. If you're a coupon clipper, you'll love this seasonal tip. Scour the Sunday paper and online sites like Coupons.com to find savings on your preferred cold and flu medications. Flu season officially starts in October, so stock up now!
Reorganize the front entry. Take a good look at what's located near your front door. Now is a good time to make sure there's ample space for fall outdoor essentials: jackets, hats, umbrellas, boots and the like. Having a dedicated nook will keep those wet and muddy belongings from wrecking your apartment's orderly feng shui theme.
Keep floors warm with a trendy rug or two. Tile and hardwood floors can be uncomfortably cold once the temperature plummets. If you forget or refuse to wear socks, place a few rugs throughout your apartment to keep your soles from shivering.
Prepare to be lazy on cold days. Trust us, there will be days this fall when doing absolutely nothing will feel like the best idea in the history of ideas. So do it! Get ready now by organizing your favorite DVD's alphabetically or by genre. You can do the same digitally if you subscribe to Netflix or a similar streaming service. Now is a good time to organize your board games, too. Also, make sure you have a stash of snacks like popcorn and candy. No veg out session will be complete without the right calorie-loaded eats.