I’m slow to make changes.
It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. If I’m going to embark on a healthier eating plan, I need lead time. Like eating healthy 5 or 6 days a week and 1 cheat day. I don’t do well with 30 day challenges – like no sugar, caffeine and processed foods for 30 days. No cheat day…I’m never going to stay with it.
That’s how I feel about coming off Christmas…I need a slow tapering down…
With so much beauty in our home during November and December. All the corners glowing with twinkling lights or candles. So many memories grouped together into charming Christmas vignettes. The sights, the aroma, the sounds! No wonder we sometimes feel a little discombobulated when Christmas is put away…
So over the years, the moment I finish taking down Christmas, I start doing other things in the house to make up for the lack of ambience.
I’d love to share 5 of those things and then hear how you create beauty in your home during the winter months.
First- I rearrange
With Christmas taken down and the house swept clean, I look at everything with fresh perspective.
Last week, I switched my dining room chairs out with the ones around the breakfast room table.
I’m not sure how long this will last, but since we’re at the farm table more than the dining room table, the upholstered chairs feel cozier for winter.
Also, I’ve moved some of my wall “art” around. I may not leave it here, but I’m contemplating making some changes on the walls…like maybe putting these old leaded glass windows here. (First I have to get Mike to hold them in place while I stand back and decide!) 🙂
Other changes involve taking everything off of my kitchen countertops and rethinking the arrangement, simplifying my mantel with a few winter touches,
changing the table runners, rethinking my coffee table…I could go on and on, but what I’m saying is that in January, everything’s fair game for change!
Second- I keep the glow going
With winter’s shorter days, I keep candles (both battery and real candles) all over the house. I have acquired LOADS of battery candles that work on a timer (Costco has the best ones!)- There’s nothing I love more than walking through the house at 5:30 in the evening and seeing the soft glow of candles everywhere.
It’s calming and makes it easy to change gears when Mike comes home. Most winter nights we have some kind of soup, chili or stew for dinner and then snuggle in with the pups and Reba-the-Cat till bedtime.
With my battery candles on a timer to come on in the evening, I light real candles in the morning for my quiet time. As always, when I get up in the winter months it’s still dark out. My ritual is coffee, start a fire, light a candle or two and have my quiet time. Again, the glow of a fire and flickering flame from the candles is a wonderful way to ease into the day.
Third-I buy an indoor plant or two & flowers from the grocery
I love plants, both indoor and outdoor. In January through March, with the evergreen tree and garlands gone from the inside of the house and the leaves all gone from the trees outside of the house, I find I want to surround myself with some sort of foliage. Now, I realize I am all in when it comes to vegetation in the house! We’ve built rustic shelves in several windows to accommodate my plant love.
But even if you add just one or two plants (or maybe a terrarium) to your home this winter, I think you’ll find they are a happy addition… (in case you want more plant inspiration: All Things Decorating With Plants HERE)
And nothing cheers up home like a bouquet of fresh flowers. They don’t have to be expensive, cheap grocery store flowers are perfect. Just arrange them in a pretty vase, teapot or jar and see if you don’t smile when you pass by them everyday!
Fourth-I hang a wreath
After having a summer, fall and Christmas wreath on the front door, I feel sad when I pull into the driveway and my front door is empty. That’s probably just me, but I think of a wreath on the front door as our home saying: Welcome! And after being out and about on a freezing winter day, I want that welcome when I get home! (I’m working on my wreath for this year & don’t have a picture just yet!)
Fifth- I organize!
I do much more organizing in winter than in spring.
Like the other day, I plopped down in the kitchen floor and organized the tupperware cabinet. (we don’t own even one piece of tupperware, but you know what I mean…all those plastic and glass containers 🙂 ) Honestly, I was just reaching for a container at the time and I was overcome with the need to purge that cabinet!
I throw out, donate, rearrange and just overall create order in those hidden places like cabinets, shelves and closets!
I’m not certain if it’s the darker days of winter or the promise of spring coming that inspires me to organize in January and February, but something definitely happens and the cleaning out doesn’t feel at all like a chore– it’s more of a joy. (All Things Organizing HERE)
At the end of the day, these 5 things keep me feeling happy, cozy and hopeful during the winter months.
Having said that, I live in the deep south where 25* is about as cold as it gets. I know some of you have much harsher and much longer winters…I’d love to hear your ideas for nesting in winter~
Sending warm hugs my friends~ ox