Winter on the homestead can be one of the most frustrating and boring times of the year, especially if you live somewhere where the weather is just too icy, cold, and bitter to really spend much time outside. It can be hard being cooped up inside for a few months out of the year, but don’t let it get you down! There are plenty of things that you can do while the weather is dismal.
Here are some things I’ve been working on this winter:
Deep clean each room
Okay, so I know that traditionally this is something you do during the spring, but let’s be honest… when it’s finally warm, you’re going to be outside as much as possible, right? So, while you’re stuck inside anyway, why not take some time and do some deep cleaning room by room, to get things ready for spring? Wash the walls and baseboards, dust, vacuum, reorganize, and make lists of anything you need to do when the spring comes around.
Declutter the house
Christmas is over, which means that you’ve probably got a bunch of new stuff to find homes for, right? This is a great opportunity to go through and declutter. Get rid of anything that you don’t love or need, and reorganize things. I might recommend doing this as part of your cleaning process listed above.
Start (and complete) any craft projects
I’m sure that, unlike me, you don’t have any crafts sitting around the house from earlier in the year, just waiting for the day that you have time to finish them, right? Of course not. Well, if you did have any crafts that either are half-finished or never started, then this would be a great time to finish them and cross it off your list. If you’re a procrastinator like me, then you might even make a goal that anything not completed by summer will be thrown out.
Gather and reorganize recipes
Over the course of the year, I gathered a bunch of new recipes, mostly clippings, screenshots from websites, or scraps of paper. A great task for the winter months is getting your recipes back in order, and going through your recipe books to make sure you’re only keeping ones that you use. After all, doesn’t it make more sense to just copy the one or two recipes and save room on yourself?
Organize digital and physical photos
Whether your photos are digital or physical (or, if you’re like me, a bewildering combination of each) this is a great time to go through your photos and organize them. Put the physical ones in a scrapbook or photo album, and condense all the digital images to one device. You might even go through and make a folder of the photos you want to print for your photo album, that way the next time there’s a deal on printed images you’re ready!
What tasks do you have this winter? Leave me a note below and let me know!