So, here we are mid to late January. We have put away all of our Christmas decorations, the weather is cold and sometimes bitter and it’s time to spend a little time taking advantage of this winter. It’s time for a little “Homebodiness”. Yes, I just made that up.
It is the perfect time of the year to just relax and spend time enjoying your home. Whether you work outside the home, work from home or don't have a job, you can still take advantage of this winter. Not a lot is going on and the weather is cold. It’s time to enjoy being a homebody.
Getting Back to Basics for me includes enjoying each moment for what it is. Finding joy in the simplest things. Especially my home. Our home is our retreat, our safety and our hearts.
I am trying to view things a bit differently this year. I have a lot of things going on as do most of us but, I have a tendency to rush through life. I always feel like I am behind on everything. “Catching up” is always been my goal. I constantly think I have to be doing a 100 things at one time. Guess what I discovered? You NEVER catch up. Everyday offers new things, ideas, adventures. Everyday things change. So, how can I possibly catch up if everything constantly changes? I can’t. Wow, what a concept!
So, what are some homebody activities?
- Read some of your favorite magazines (remember, you don’t have to buy magazines, you can check them out at the library)
- Cuddle up with a warm quilt and watch a movie or two
- Actually iron those items in your closet you haven’t worn because they need to be ironed.
- Experiment with a new recipe
- Play a game with the family or invite friends over for a game night.
- Send a card (via snail mail) to a friend or family member for no reason.
- Tackle a closet you have been meaning to clean and reorganize.
- Give your home a really good deep dusting.
- Wash your curtains and throw pillows to refresh them.
- Read a book out loud to your child or revisit a childhood book just to make you smile.
- Buy yourself a small bouquet of grocery store flowers.
- Bundle up and take a walk in the snow.
- Sew on those buttons you have been putting off doing.
- Set a pretty dinner table, not for a blog post, just to surprise your family.
- Cut up those stained of filled with holes cotton clothes or towels and make a bag of rags.
- Light a candle you have been “saving”.
- Polish your silver pieces and enjoy the sparkle of them.
- Clean your hair brushes and combs (through the hair outside for the birds to use for nests).
- Give yourself a facial.
- Clean out the inside of your refrigerator and get rid of bad/expired foods.
- Listen to a book on tape.
- Go through all your plastic containers and throw out the extra lids or the bowls without lids.
- Polish your toenails.
There are so many things that we keep meaning to do but, never seem to have the time. Pick one or two of those things and do them once a week during these cold and often dreary days.
Remember, doing what we often refer to as a dreaded chore can give us a sense of accomplishment and that always makes us feel better. And doing something just for yourself also feeds your heart and soul.
When we do accomplish something, regardless of how small or even if anyone else notices, we get a sense of pride and “job well done”. It makes us feel better and when we feel better our families feel better.
I know when I feel happy myself whether be because I finished a project/chore or just happy because I watched a silly movie and am still smiling, Troy feels that as well. And children really feel it. It touches our whole family.
So, take this time of the year to embrace being a homebody and really bless yourself and your family!