Sometimes the winter blues catch up to all of us. Maybe it’s not too sunny where you are, maybe you don’t feel like you can get enough done, maybe you’re just tired of it being so cold.
While there’s not much you can do about the weather, there are a lot of ways you can stay productive around the house and get ready for warmer seasons! We’ve got some projects here that can be easily completed while the weather outside is still frightful, and will save you a lot of time when spring cleaning rolls around. Who knows, this might be just the thing you needed to feel more productive and stay sane through the winter!
Take a look around for ice buildup. It’s not the most fun chore to complete when it’s below 30° out, but this can do a lot to prevent damage to your home when the ice starts to melt. Get the ladder out and check your rain gutters for ice dams, knock snow off of tree branches, and make sure there’s not too much snow built up on your roof to prevent roof damage and leaks when it all starts to melt. You’ll be glad you did it when spring rolls around…trust us.
Purge your kitchen. People tend to hoard food most during winter just to avoid having to back out in the cold, and as a result there winds up being a lot of uneaten snacks and dinners in the kitchen. Take some time to go through your pantries and fridge, take stock of everything you have, throw out anything you’re not going to eat (or donate if it’s still fresh) and then try to put everything back, ideally with some kitchen organization supplies like kitchen cabinet organizers to keep everything a little tidier for next time.
Declutter your wardrobe. Even if it’s still cold out now, there’s always time to get rid of clothes you aren’t going to wear anymore or preparing to put your winter clothes away to get ready for warmer climates. Purge your closet to get rid of anything you’ll never wear again and find a place to put clothes you want to keep but aren’t going to need in the short term (anything not seasonally appropriate, for example, or something you only need for special occasions) so they’re not mixed in with the ‘standard rotation’. Closet shelving can be a huge help with this to prevent the clutter from coming back next year.
Start planning your big home projects. While winter might not be a great time to be productive, there’s plenty you can do to get ready for your next round of projects when the weather gets nice again! Really sit down and plan out the logistics of everything you want to do in your home over the next year and start figuring out the sort of time, effort, and money it’s all going to cost. Finally going to put up those garage shelves? Thinking about repainting the bathroom? Finally going to finish converting that extra room into an office? Whatever you’re going to do, now’s a perfect time to really get into the nuts and bolts and figure out what you want to get done.
Take time to hibernate. Of course, when it all gets a little too stressful during the winter, there’s always the urge to grab some blankets and cozy up with a movie and maybe some hot chocolate. It’s okay to give into that urge sometimes! Take some time for yourself to remain rested and cheerful – the hard stuff will be there when you’re done.