Ahhh…..well, here we all are. Beyond all the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Into 2019. Most of us have slightly smaller bank accounts than we did a month ago. Most of us have slightly larger waistlines than we did a month ago. We’ve taken down the pretty Christmas decor and the excitement is over. This time of year can definitely create some winter blues.

However, I have learned that this is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the dark, shorter days. I love the brutal winters we have (c’mon Old Man Winter…I know you are somewhere). I love that evenings are spent huddled inside. I can show you my tricks. You may never come to love winter like I do, but I think you may learn to tolerate it. And if nothing else, you will feel like you accomplished some things during the rough winter months and hopefully were able to battle the post holiday blues!

Trick #1:

Use January as your deep clean month. I do it as I’m putting the Christmas stuff away. It feels so good to move every piece of furniture, wipe everything down and start fresh. Grab a bottle of Mrs. Myers (personally, I love the Lavender scent) and get to it. Your home will smell and look amazing and your mood will instantly lift a little.

Trick #2:

Do not replace your Christmas decor with your usual decor just yet. Use January and February as true “winter” decor. For me this means leaving (and adding) some pretty red or purple accents throughout. Anything with pine cones also gets to stay during this time. If you have the battery operated white lights, get creative with different ways to use them…that pretty Christmas glow can still be used through January.

Trick #3:

Prepare the comfort foods! I know everyone is talking about resolutions and heading to the gym, but this is the best time of year to enjoy the soup recipes, breads of all types and basically anything you can fix in a crockpot or Instant Pot. I’m 100% certain there are ways to prepare these types of foods in a slightly healthier manner…I just don’t do it. While I don’t love cooking, I do love preparing a nice “homey” meal in the middle of winter.

Trick #4:

Work on any indoor projects you have put off. This is when we get the finishes done on our projects. I’m currently going through the house touching up paint and filling nails holes or cracks that got missed. No one wants to do these projects when it’s 70 degrees and sunny…do them now.

Trick #5:

Purge. As you are working on trick #1, grab a box or an old shopping bag and get to it. I go through our closets and make sure everything we have we are actually wearing…otherwise, someone else can use it more. I believe the entire world is into the KonMari method right now. She even has a show on Netflix (worth watching) called Tidying Up. While I do not buy into everything…she makes some solid points. Read her book (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), watch her show or just follow her on Instagram (Marie Kondo). The basic concept is that we all have far more than we need and that the “stuff” actually pulls us down instead of making us live a happier life. We can probably all agree that most of us have too much stuff. Purge! It’s a great time of year to just spend 15 minutes each evening going through closets and drawers.

If you live in our part of the country, the forecast is predicting a big storm this weekend…give a couple of these tips a try and don’t be surprised if you start looking forward to the next big storm.

As always, thank you for following along! Have a wonderful week and stay safe during our predicted snow storm.


2 Comments

  • January 15, 2019 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    I like the idea of keeping color in the house after the Christmas, I am fortunate enough to have the household “green thumb” and carefully treat out poinsettias to keep them lively and fresh looking over the long gray months. Yes, it looks like some weather is on the way for us on Saturday and if things shift north at all, we will be in for some heavy snow and strong winds. We have switched over from wood to a clean gas fireplace and it is always ready to warm the corner of our
    winter indoor world…..

  • January 16, 2019 Reply

    Martha

    First, I find it comical that you say you don’t love cooking, but you have the most beautiful kitchen that I’ve ever seen. I never used to like winter, but now that I do not need to drive in it everyday, it has grown on me and I enjoy it too. It seems more restful and cozy. I wish we would get a big snowstorm. It seems like Mother Nature forgot how to snow.

    Michael Lannioo, did you know you can plant your poinsettia outside in the spring? It will become the most beautiful plant. Dig it and bring it back inside in the fall and keep it in darkness for 8 weeks and it will bloom again.

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