Week by week tips & ideas to help organize your year.
Each week will contain an idea from each category:
Organize | Plan | Clean | Cook (Food) | Care | Beauty | Enjoy
January Week 2
Organize: Inspect bedding and towels (shop white sales)
Plan: Begin planning your spring garden.
Clean: Polish Wood Furniture.
Cook/Food: Order frozen organic wild blueberries.
Care: Care for houseplants.
Beauty: Take a winter hike and breathe.
Enjoy: Treat yourself to a yoga class.
Repurpose old bedding and towels
Shop the white sales.
Are your sheets, blankets, and towels showing signs of wear? Watch for annual store White Sales in January where you can find great discounts on bed and bath items. Shop at department stores and home goods retailers, such as Kohl's, Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond and Pottery Barn, throughout January.
Ideas for repurposing older sheets, bedding, and towels:
Use old sheets as drop cloths for painting and other messy projects.
Save worn towels for drying your family pet after a bath.
Cut old sheets into 12 inch squares and use them for an array of cleaning tasks in and around your home. After use, simply machine wash and reuse again. For fabrics that fray easily, sew a zig zag stitch all around the edges before using.
Donate usable bedding items to your local emergency shelters and pet shelters.
If you exercise or practice yoga in your living room (like me), lay a sheet on top of your rug or carpet to protect from extra wear and dirt.
Make your own dryer sheets using scraps of old bedding and towels. Learn how to make them in my free Green Cleaning eBook.
Begin planning your spring gardens
It's never to early to start dreaming.
Now is the time to start planning (and dreaming about) your spring gardens. A little effort in prep and planning goes along way here. Start thinking about spaces: window boxes, flower beds, porch containers, walkway, mailbox area, and so on.... Then find your inspiration by browsing through magazines, garden books, websites, and pinterest.
Ideas to help with planning
Create a notebook, either virtual board or create a board old fashioned way using a cork board, paper snippets, drawings, thumb tacks, etc... (my personal favorite)
Write down your ideas and wish list.
Measure and take photos of the spaces you want to fill.
Draw a diagram of your plan for each area.
Make sure your plan includes plant varieties that are suitable for your climate and soil
keep in mind bloom time, growth height and width, and spacing requirements.
Next month we will start putting our plan into action. Have fun imagining your most beautiful gardens yet! I can't wait to see that plans you come up with. Please feel free to share them with me:)
Polish Wood Furniture
Nourish dry winter wood
No matter where you live, it is important to provide care and nurturing to your wood furniture. For those who experience a cold and wintery climate in January, home heating can cause wood furniture to become dry and parched. Thankfully there are some measures we can take to prevent and remedy the situation.
Use a humidifier in rooms with wood furniture.
Polish wood furniture about every 3 weeks. I like to use my homemade non-toxic recipe which can be found in my free Green Cleaning eBook. It leaves the wood glowing and the room smelling wonderful!
Order organic frozen berries (wild blueberries)
Stock up your freezer
Now is the time to order a bulk supply of fresh frozen organic berries to stock your freezer. This will help get you through the winter months creating healthy smoothies and more... Wild blueberries have an amazing amount of antioxidants. Mixed berries are a great choice too.
Add to your blender:
1 cup berries or wild blueberries,
1 pitted medjool date,
2 bananas (fresh or frozen),
1 cup coconut water,
1 tsp raw honey,
1 tsp vanilla (non alcoholic made with oleresin),
dash of cinnamon,
filtered water to desired consistency.
Blend all ingredients on high until smooth and frothy. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Care for houseplants
A little TLC goes a long way.
Take some time this week to give houseplants a little extra care.
Dry winter air can be hard in certain plant varieties. Misting these plants regularly can help keep leaves hydrated.
Consider an appropriate plant food.
Repot if it shows signs of becoming root bound.
Remove any dried leaves.
Create new plants by placing slips in a glass of water. In a few weeks roots will begin to sprout and it is ready to be planted in potting soil.
Take a winter hike and breathe...
Oxygenate your body.
Get outside for a brisk winter walk at least once a week. If temperatures are very cold, bundle up with extra layers and don't forget your hat and scarf. Take a walk in nature if possible. A peaceful walk in the woods is a perfect way to unwind and clear your mind from daily stresses. Be mindful of your breathing with slow, long, deep breaths. Inhale through your nose (feel the cool air enter your body) and exhale through your mouth. Feel cleansed and renewed with each breath.
Visit a museum
Explore and learn
Relax this week by taking a trip to a local museum. Often we forget to explore and learn in our very own area. Try visiting a gallery or museum you've always meant to see. Linger through and read everything! Learn about your town and/or be swept away in an artists vision. Enjoy every minute.
Have a blessed week my friends, see you in January week 4