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    29 Practical Things That’ll Help You Get Ready For Fall

    Stay comfy and toasty, even when those fall gusts hit that make you feel like you're in a wind tunnel.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. An adjustable window screen that'll allow those fall breezes inside and give your A/C a break after a tiresome (for it) summer. AND it'll keep your pets inside and the bugs outside!

    reviewer pic of open window with the screen on it

    Promising review: "Adjustable, portable, and lightweight, this window screen is well made. You can paint the wood to match your window. Now I can have nice cool air circulating in the house during the fall and winter months in South Carolina." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $9.21+ (available in 10 adjustable sizes).

    2. And if leaving your windows open/unlocked makes you nervous (I get it!), a motion sensor you can place on your partially opened window to act like your guard dog while ya' snooze. And if you upgrade this plan, you can save on homeowner's insurance!

    open window with the minimalist little tracker on the window frame

    This Kangaroo motion sensor is super sleek and detects when a window is moved away from its setting (like your perfect amount of "open"). This sensor comes with a free plan that allows for unlimited user invitations and sends you push notifications alerts via the app. But if you upgrade to Kangaroo Complete, you’ll be eligible for up to 20% off your homeowners or renters insurance rate with select providers (check out the Amazon product listing for more info).

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    3. A waffle-knit top you can wear off the shoulder or tucked into your bottoms for when there's a chill but you don't wanna pull on a sweater just yet. Plus, it's thin enough to fit under your snugger outerwear (looking @ you, leather moto jacket).,

    Promising review: "As expected. Waffle material, loose fit, fits as expected. Can be worn on or off shoulder. Long to cover bottom when wearing with leggings. Great shirt, I already ordered more colors!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and eight colors).

    4. A six-pack of moth traps to park in all your closets because, tbh, moths are a problem year-round but you don't think about them 'til you crack open that coat closet post–Labor Day. Seriously, lay off my outerwear!

    reviewer pic of tons of dead moths in the traps

    Promising review: "Had moths infesting my leather shop, so I put out about 4 of these traps and within the first week I had 3 of them so full that I ordered more. It has been about 6 weeks since the second order and I haven't seen a moth since.

    I noticed that those clustered together worked better than the one off on its own; perhaps the pheromone compounds when clustered. Either way, the moths are dead and my leather inventory is safe." —1836

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    5. Slip-proof slippers so you can avoid turning up the heat *too* much (bc $!) and scoot around inside on your hardwood floors without pulling a Risky Business.,

    FYI, reviewers say it's a good idea to size up.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these slippers. SO comfortable with the memory foam and warm. Love the thick rubber sole on the bottom, so there is no way you would slip. I bought these to bring to the hospital when I give birth, but I am wearing these all the time. My only complaint is that I wear a size 10 shoe. After reading some reviews that these run slightly small (I wear these with and without socks), I opted for the 11/12 size and so glad I did. They fit me perfectly. So, I would definitely size up!" —emily

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99 (available in women's sizes 5/6–11/12 and five colors).

    6. A boot tray to contain the mess from your family's footwear after trudging through seasonal corn mazes or just raking the leaves in the yard.

    the boot tray in an entryway

    Get it from Amazon for $9.56.

    7. And a ~washable~ door mat in fall colors you can park inside before you get to the boot tray so your fam can wipe off their dirty shoes before storing them. And it just looks so nice!

    gray, yellow, and black abstract mat at door

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two colors and five sizes).

    8. A ~wild~ pullover fleece or sweater as an oh-so-cozy layering piece to add to your wardrobe, even if you swore you're not buying a bunch of new fall clothes this year. (Same.)


    Get them from Amazon: fleece for $29.99 (sizes S–3XL and 20 styles) or sweater for $26.99 (sizes S–XXL and seven colors)

    9. A door draft stopper the least handy person in the world could handle installing to prevent cold gusts from coming indoors. Don't make your heating system work harder than it has to! Bc $$$!

    Promising review: "So easy to set up! All you do is peel tape and adhere to a CLEAN and DRY door. Also looks great, I don't even notice it. I had a huge gap under my door. I could smell and hear everything from the hallway. Smells, drafts, and sound all are less of an issue now." —Brit B.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    10. And a roll of thick foam tape weatherstripping even YOU can handle installing on doors where you can normally feel the fall gusts creeping in. No more!

    Promising review: "I just noticed a cold draft coming in from the door between my porch and kitchen. Ordered the 1/2 inch wide, 1/8 inch thick, 50 ft (perfect fit). Super easy, works and looks great! The door is a little more snug to close and needs an extra push, but that's the way it's supposed to be. I have extra weatherstripping for future door projects if needed." —KG in CT

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47+ (available in 14 sizes/lengths).

    11. A huggable llama heating pad to cuddle with on colder nights... or just when you're cramping a bit and could use some toasty relief.

    model laying on a bed with the llama shaped heating pad
    Urban Outfitters

    You can microwave it for warmth or freeze it for cooling help.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.

    12. An odor-killing Pumpkin Spice candle anyone with pets, sweaty kids, or any household smells PERIOD will be so glad they've bought. Trust me, everything from English bullie slobber to roasted Brussels sprouts is *handled*.

    the candle

    This is my favorite odor-neutralizing candle ever. Most on the market just smell like fresh laundry, which is nice(!) but also extremely telling to its purpose for anyone who gets a whiff. It's extremely potent from the start, burns for 60 hours (tho, tbh, prob more in my experience), and people will never guess it's meant for pet households. Check out my full review of One Fur All Pet House candles.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 27 scents).

    13. A self-inflating bleacher cushion you'll be able to easily pack for whatever socially distanced event or park visit leaves you on a hard piece of metal for hours at a time. Maybe if your team loses you'll feel a lil' less *sore* about it.


    FYI, the bottom is waterproof, and it self-inflates easily with a few twists of a fast-acting valve.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in blue, red, or black).

    14. Super low-cut socks to wear with all those not-sandals you have in your closet. Sneakers, loafers, ballet flats, so many possibilities! Do NOT wear tights or real socks 'til you really have to.

    the socks

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $11.99.

    15. A guide on tending to your plant bbs that've somehow survived all summer indoors and are now facing a change in the indoor weather. Help them survive! (And save money by not buying replacements.)

    the book cover

    Promising review: "I AM GOING TO SAVE SO MANY PLANTS!!! I was truly a horrible plant parent for the last 30 years, but this book has changed that! I am definitely on the road to recovery, I feel like everyday my plants live I am less and less like the plant murderer I was. Book is stupid simple to understand, colorful, and SUPER DUPER informative. Heck you can even find your plant without knowing its name!" —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+.

    16. A magnetic brooch ready for apple-picking szn with a loop to hold your glasses when you're not wearing them — meaning no holes in your nice shirts or MIA glasses.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.89 (available in 34 styles).

    17. A durable waxed canvas log carrier in case you have a wood-burning fireplace and a woodpile outside. The kind that opens flat is WAY easier to load/unload than those tote bag-like jokers. Trust me.

    person carrying stack of fire wood in the carrier

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    18. Waterproof globe string lights that'll make a big impact when hung along your roofline, draped on outdoor structures like a pergola, or just strung up solo so you can enjoy the lights *and* the stars. Prepare to spend sooo much more time on your well-lit patio during the longer nights.,

    Reviewers note that you should remove the bulbs before stringing up the strands and then install the bulbs.

    Promising review: "These lights were perfect for my patio, I've recieved plenty of compliments so far. The Edison light bulbs and beautiful and offer the perfect amount of lighting for any occasion...the clips were ideal for my eves, the over hang of the roof, which made for simple just need to find a dimmer capable of handling the required wattage and the package will be complete." —Brody Vins

    Get a strand from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in several styles and lengths).

    19. And solar lights you can stake along your walkway because even though the sun is setting earlier (NOOOOO!!!!!), you still need to be able to *safely* navigate your driveway and walkway while carrying groceries.,

    Promising review: "Impressed with the size of the cell which provides a larger surface area for charging. The lights are the brightest I've seen for a solar light and the illumination covers a nice range. Placed them along my pond giving the place a classy look." —Percussionist

    Get six from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in black or stainless steel).

    20. And AND motion-activated lights mounted on a fence, wall, or other backyard-facing structure that'll alert you and whatever may be lurking out there (like your puppy?!) to movement past sunset., Amazon

    All of these lighting options come in handy year-round but come fall, you're dealing with more dark time and it's a good time to think about this stuff!

    Promising review: "Very, very impressed!!! I have other D battery operated motion lights at my residence, but I decided to go with these based on reviews here, as I'm tired of shelling out 15 to 20 bucks on D batteries every few months. I placed these 4 Baxia Solar lights on all sides of my house in areas that I've found could use some light to enter gates late at night — they have exceeded my expectations!!! These are well worth the money, as the light they produce is not only bright, but stays on for about a minute or more. Exactly, what I needed. I will buy again!" —Grecks

    Get four from Amazon for $44.99.

    21. Reusable toaster bags to whip up some mouthwatering grilled cheese in the toaster without worrying about crumbs or smoking cheese. Now that it's not 1000% humidity outside, you can finally enjoy a hot sandwich!

    the toaster bags and a variety of food you can make with them

    They also help prevent cross-contamination food allergies. Use them to reheat leftovers or defrost food in the microwave without making a mess. Transform your dinner with these 16 Ways To Take Your Grilled Cheese To The Next Level.

    Promising review: "We had a small piece of leftover steak. I sliced it thin, took two slices of American Rye bread, (had to cut a half of an inch off so that it would fit in the toaster), put cilantro salad dressing and Norwegian cheese on each slice. Then I put the steak and fried onions on one slice, covered it with the other slice and put it in the toaster bag. Set the toaster to 5 (mid-setting on our toaster), put the bag in the 'Single Slice' slot and pushed down the lever. A few minutes later the bag popped up, I was surprised the bag could be handled without any gloves. The sandwich was nicely toasted and the cheese was melted. Some of the melted cheese was at the bottom of the bag. I reached in to see how messy it was going to clean up, but the melted cheese came out in one piece." —Tom in Pittsburgh

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.99.

    22. Chelsea rain boots you can rely on for those fall days with a dismal forecast now that you can't get away with wearing your boat shoes on rainy summer days. Plus, these are so close to *regular* boots that it'll be NBD if it turns out to be a gorgeous sunny day.

    model wearing matte black ankle rain boots

    Seriously though, ankle rain boots are one of the smartest things I've ever bought.

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in women's sizes 4.5–12 and 15 colors).

    23. A super hydrating/cooling eye stick to give your peepers some relief because they're ALREADY acting up with seasonal dryness.


    Promising review: "Highly recommend putting it in the fridge and applying once in the morning and once before bed. Two weeks' difference with product shown above. Feels wonderful after a long day, but also makes you refreshed if you aren't a morning person." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    24. Storage loops you can use to wind up your garden hoses and hang up in the garage — lest they catch a cold and freeze outside!

    reviewer pic of drop cords looped and hung up on the wall with these loops

    FYI, if your garden hoses freeze, they're ruined!

    Promising review: "I use these medium Wrap-It storage straps to hang garden soaker hoses on my garage wall during winter months. Secure 'hook and loop' grip is easy to close and adjust, and is more than strong enough to bear the weight. Large grommet sizing is ample enough to hang on nails or hooks of various sizes. Great replacement for the zip ties I was using before. Highly recommended!" —Huancayo

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in a variety of sizes).

    25. A lip sleeping mask to help rejuvenate your pout from the wear and tear of matte lipsticks and fall gusts.

    the lip mask
    @laneige_us / Via

    I have this and love it! It's like a super thick lip balm and I can tell the difference between on mornings after I've put it on before bed.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90.

    26. A super helpful downspout extender to help divert your downspout water away from your house, which can help avoid a leaky basement and all kinds of icy nonsense near your home's foundation. Yes, it's in time for Halloween but gargoyles are year-round creatures! Do NOT @ me!


    FYI, this is best used at the end of an extension and we recommend diverting your water to at least 10 feet from your house for best results!

    Get it from Amazon for $32.90 (also available in a bulldog and two types of dragons).

    27. An SPF 50 essence sunscreen with a serum-like texture that'll soak into your skin and feel less like the stuff you slather on at the beach. Yes it's fall now and you DO still need to wear sunscreen on your face. Who wants to get sunburned while apple-picking?!

    hand with sunscreen on it and no cast

    Read up on why my former colleague it in our full review of Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen (#2).

    Get it from Amazon for $16.09.

    28. A lightweight water-resistant down coat as a topper against the fall chill that'll pack down to fit in a small bag. Affordable, available in eight colors, and easy to transport? Sign me up!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I loveeeeeee. Super lightweight and warm!! Worth the purchase, and I love that you can fold it up into a small pouch for easier travel. This jacket is a little long as well but Amazon sells a normal length version as well" —mayacoston

    Get it from Amazon for $37.29+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and eight colors).

    29. A cleaning stone that'll help revive those grill racks on your tailgate grill as a non-toxic option! We want ~clean~ grill marks on those pre-game burgers, OK?!

    person using the stone to clean a grill

    Promising review: "Completely restored my three year old grill grates. Used to clean them with a box of Brillo pads and a headache but this product did the job so efficiently. Will definitely be keeping on hand for as needed cleaning. Would recommend cleaning in a deep sink so you can rinse stone residue off as you go, cannot use this at the grill without rinsing as the stone gets smaller as you go. Worth the price!" —hbinoc

    Get it from Amazon for $6.88.

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