Long, Cold Winter Daysâ€”Bring 'em On!
13 Inspiring Ways to Make Good Use of Nesting Season
Is it serious wintertime where you live? Are you finding those precious hours of daylight much shorter now than you'd like? It's time to do some real nestingâ€”light the hearth fires and spend some quality time indoors. Winter can be a great time to catch up on the things we are too busy for during the year. Here's some ideas for filling those cold, winter days.
You know all those blockbuster movies you missed last summer because you were busy gardening and playing golf? It's catch-up time! Snuggle down in a wooly throw and bring on the popcornâ€”we're going to the movies every weekend this winter!
After you're caught up on all the great movies, it's time to get down to business and work on some of those projects you put off this summerâ€”like sorting out that messy closet in the master bedroom. Cleaning out closets and getting organized is a great indoor chore...uh, I mean activity, for cold days.
Have a few home improvement projects calling your name? Have you been wanting to carve out a little extra space for a home office or craft room? Winter is the perfect time to tackle any indoor DIY projects.
Reading is an excellent way to pass the time during long winter months. Stock up on all the bestsellers and enjoy the adventures while snug as a bug in your warm, cozy house. Hot chocolate is optional, but heavily suggested.
Spend some time catching up on correspondence with old friends. A handwritten note arriving in the mail is a welcomed sight on a cold, blustery day.
Winter is the perfect time to design next year's garden, be it a flower or vegetable garden. It's also an excellent time to dig through the seed catalogs and start planning your seed order. The time to get those seedlings going will be here before you know it.
Wintertime is a great time to start planning for a spring vacation. Pick a destination, book your flights now for the best fares and then spend your winter evenings plotting the itinerary and researching all the sites you plan to see.
Once the eating seasons known as Thanksgiving and Christmas are behind us, how about making some time for a little exercise? You'll be more ready for bathing-suit shopping come springtime.
Now's a great time to learn a new skill or pick up a new hobby. Knitting, painting, crafting or photography will make those winter days fly by.
Be good to yourself this winter. Treat yourself to some extra sleep and it will help your body ward off those winter bugs that always seem to crop up.
Breakfast in bed is always a good choice, winter or summer!
This room would be the perfect space to while away winter. There's a card table for board games and puzzles, a comfy chair for reading and a nice sofa to stretch out on movie night. What a great multipurpose room designed for real indoor living!
Forget New Year's resolutions...too much pressure and guilt. Instead, make a list of your dreams and goals for 2011. Have you heard the expression, "What would you do if you knew you could not fail?" Dream big. 2011 is going to be a great year!
Ideabook updated on Dec. 16, 2010.
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