Each morning is the start of a fresh new day. I always feel like I’m starting with a clean slate. January offers the same thing for the year. We have a whole year ahead of us, full of new possibilities. It will be what we make of it. My organization side kicks into overdrive this time of year. And I’ll have plenty of tips in upcoming posts on how to start the year organized. Today though, I’m excited to introduce one of the new features on the blog. At the beginning of each month, I’ll be sharing quick ideas on what to do that month. From decorating to entertaining, lifestyle to organizing, and everything in between; you never know what you might discover. Here are some ideas for things to do in January.
Things to do in January
1 BUY FRESH FLOWERS. Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Lift your spirits with fresh flowers . Nothing brightens up a room quicker than adding a colorful bouquet of flowers. I’m not talking silk flowers; I’m talking fresh REAL flowers. Fake ones don’t have the same impact as the real deal. Think it costs to much? There’s no need to splurge when your local grocery store offers plenty of lovely options. Even simple carnations will remind you that spring is just around the corner.
2 BAKE BREAD. Stuck indoors because of the weather? It’s not so bad when the smell of fresh baked bread is wafting through the house. No need to worry about your baking skill level either; there are options for everyone. On the easy end you can fire up your bread machine or making something tasty using refrigerated dough from Pillsbury. If you’re a seasoned baker or ready to tackle something new, I found a recipe for Fabulous Homemade Bread that looks, well …fabulous.
3 VOLUNTEER. January 19 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Rather than taking the day off, many people across the country will demonstrate the power of sharing and caring by donating their time to make a difference on this day. Find out what you can do to help in your community.
4 CONNECT THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY. January is national letter writing month. No, not national email writing, but letter writing as in old-fashioned pen and paper. Even in this tech savvy world, there’s still something so special about finding a handwritten letter in your home’s mailbox. Try writing at least one handwritten not each month. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised at how good it feels and the warm response you’ll get.
5 PUT TOGETHER A PUZZLE. January is also national puzzle month. I wasn’t aware of that until now, but it’s near and dear to my heart because I love working on puzzles. Putting together a puzzle is like a workout for your brain. It works the left (analytical) and right (intuitive) side of the brain, increasing learning and mental capacity. Plus, they’re just plain fun. The puzzle below is one my brother bought for my mom many years ago. She passed away last summer never having worked on it. Unfortunately, when I started to do so our dog Chloe absconded with a couple of the pieces (note to self, Chloe steals things left on the edges of counters and tables.) While writing this post, I bought another and can’t wait to work on it.
What are some things you like to do in January? Do you have any special traditions?