1) Start Fresh and Declutter/Re-Decorate Your Home
Before the great outdoor weather arrives, take the time to get rid of all the stuff you and your family have been accumulating in closets, drawers, the toy room, under the bed, and anyplace else you lovingly “stick” things. Tackle one space at a time, and you will eventually be clutter free!
Maybe your daughter’s desk could be freshened up with a coat of bright paint? Or take it one step further and stencil flowers on the front of the drawers for a little extra personality. Maybe your toy room could use an update? Find a flea market table and create a one-of-a-kind game table for your kid’s playroom. Paint is an easy way to add color and life to dreary winter days.
2) Visit the Library
If you haven’t found the time to pick up a great book and curl up with some hot tea or a glass of Cabernet, this is the perfect time to head to the library and check out a good read. We often forget what an amazing resource our local libraries are because we get caught up with the daily grind (and all those electronic devices don’t help). There’s nothing like turning the pages of a book to take you away to another place and time. When you visit the library you can become instantly refreshed for free.
3) Practice Random Acts of Kindness
When’s the last time someone did something unexpectedly wonderful for you or your family? Most people tend to feel a little blah during the winter months, so why not find a way to brighten someone’s day with a random act that will make them smile? Leave a plate of freshly-baked cookies for the staff at your child’s school, or the next time you’re in the drive-thru at your favorite coffee shop, put a dollar or two towards the car behind you. They’ll get an unexpected surprise. Think outside the box. It needn’t be much — just enough to make someone smile — which in turn is going to really perk you up this winter.
4) Finish One Thing You’ve Been Putting Off
We all have a list of “could’ve, should’ves” so why not take a drab winter day and finish something you’ve been wanting to do? This could be anything from working on your child’s baby book, to getting your favorite photos framed, to mailing overdue thank you notes, updating your recipes, hanging your child’s artwork, or anything else you’ve been meaning to do. Whatever it might be, the late days of winter are a great time to complete some unfinished business.
5) Learn a New Skill
If you’re stuck indoors, why not expand your horizons and learn something new? A new language, perhaps; or how to make bread from scratch; or how to troubleshoot your technical gadgets – learning a new skill can feel victorious on a dank winter day. Don’t leave the kids out, either. If your children have been asking to try a new hobby, this might be the perfect time to let them explore their creative side.
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