Just this week I really started to get spring fever. Anyone else? The house feels so dark and the days are still so short! A mid-winter slump can be hard to get out of if you don’t live in a summery climate. (Well, I suppose it would be a lot easier if I could jump on a plane to Hawaii about now!)
Fortunately there are some simple things we can do to feel a bit more inspired and happy at home. Even if your front yard is still buried in snow and there’s not a tulip in sight, take heart! Spring is on its way, I’m sure of it.
Meanwhile, here are five practical tips to create a happier winter home.
1. Gather together.
What could be better for boosting spirits than connecting with others around the table? There is something so comforting about being in a cozy kitchen on a chilly winter evening cooking up a hot and healthy meal for your family. Cooking good food will make you feel warmer inside, even when it is freezing outside. Nourishing your family will boost everyone’s mood and health.
Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of soup on a chilly night? Use a meal as an opportunity for connection. Gather your family around the table. Even if you live alone, invite friends or neighbors to join you. Your invitation might really boost someone else’s spirits, right along with your own.
2. Offer yourself a change of scenery.
Even if you are unable to head out on a vacation to boost your mood, give yourself a change of scenery in your own home. Even simple changes around the house can feel so invigorating this time of year. Take the Christmas decorations down if you haven’t already so your home will feel refreshed and ready for the new season. If your house feels too empty, try rearranging the furniture or accessories for a new view. Open your blinds when you are at home during the day to let in more light and give you a glimpse of spring the moment it arrives.
3. Add in some organic touches.
While we’re waiting for spring, our surroundings can feel exceptionally dreary and lifeless. Bring organic elements to your home for inspiration. Set out a bowl of brightly colored fruit or vegetables to add a splash of lively color. Make a weekly trip to local farmer’s markets to bring home a spring bouquet. Hang a driftwood wreath on your wall or add a new plant to bring a sense of new life to your home. Layer your beds and furniture with cozy textures so they’ll feel extra inviting!
4. Make more room for joy.
To truly find comfort in our home, we need to have room to breathe. Less stuff brings the opportunity to find and share more joy. Excessive things in a space crowd out what really matters, so we must intentionally make room around us in order to feel more alive and happy. Use these winter days to clear out clutter. Start with a manageable goal, perhaps to open your clothes closet and feel joy rather than stress. Find more joy in giving than keeping.
5. Disconnect to reconnect.
An online community can be a wonderful opportunity to grow a friendship circle, but too much connecting online can start to create disconnection from God or even chaos at home. If we crave being overly connected online in the winter months, we are less able to be fully present elsewhere.
>Start the day with quiet time away from the computer to meet with the Lord. Open up your Bible. Pray. Journal. Listen to worship music. Be still.
>Set aside a block of time each day to be intentionally disconnected and fully in the moment with your family.
>If you struggle with productivity or fatigue this time of year, it can help to shut down the computer and your phone in order to focus on a task or creative activity. Staying connected online can leave you feeling drained, so that focused time away will do wonders for both your productivity and mood!
What are some other ways we can perk up the winter mood around the house? Let’s encourage each other! Spring is coming!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Melissa @ The Inspired Room