If you all are anything like me, you may have felt a little sadness in letting go of the Christmas season.
It inevitably happens every January. The tree is taken down, candy canes are placed on the clearance rack, the lights are stashed in the closet for another year and the Christmas music is turned off. The season of festivities is over and it’s back to the daily grind for another year.
I always get into sort of a rut, feeling more than ever the dreariness of the cold, leafless streets. I’m past the initial excitement of a new year of possibilities and am in need of change, refreshment and a little bit of inspiration.
So this year I decided to get a one up on the January blues. Starting in my favorite place.
The kitchen. Getting rid of the clutter, consolidating the 4 canisters of cinnamon that have taken up residence in my cabinet over the past 6 months, and vacuuming out the trail of flour weaving its way around my baking shelf.
The husband and I spent hours over the weekend, cleaning out every last cabinet, shelf and drawer in the kitchen, getting rid of anything we haven’t used in the past year and re-organizing everything in the most efficient fashion possible. It’s funny how clearing out the clutter from the house seems to simultaneously de-clutter my head as well. With every pot that was placed in a new, clean, accessible spot, my thoughts became a little more clear and my motivation gained a little bit of momentum.
After the kitchen, we moved on to the rest of the house. There hasn’t been time to re-organize every closet and drawer quite yet, but there is a plan for it. And just scrubbing everything down and sweeping up all the dust and pieces of ribbon leftover from wrapping gifts was so energizing.
Once the cleaning was all done, it was time to bring some life back to the house!
Plants have a way of breathing freshness into a space that feels a bit lifeless.
I gathered up every vase in the house
I also potted some new plants for our office. I never imagined that the process of potting them would be as helpful as getting to admire them as we work late into the night. Squishing the soil between my fingers pressing it firmly down around the roots almost made me feel like spring had made an early appearance.
Have you started to feel the post-Christmas wintertime blues? Or are you still riding on the wave of the new year?
What are you doing to bring in a little warmth?