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Evergreen covered in snow
Evergreen covered in snow
T. Finnigin

February is here. Is it me or does the shortest month of the year seem like the longest? The cold temperatures, wind and snow have been pounding us since November. If you’re my friend Lindsay who has an ocean front condo in Florida then you might not remember what I’m referring to! But for the rest of us, cabin fever has officially set in.

Symptoms of cabin fever as explained by Wikipedia are restlessness, irritability, forgetfulness, laughter, and excessive sleeping. Rather than getting angry and sleeping these final weeks of winter away we should use this energy and be productive.

Here are my favorite Cabin Fever Cures

  • Try something new – Trying something new will remind you that spring is just around the corner and although we may feel hopeless, there is a lot to look forward to. Today, Groundhog Day, is a perfect day to try something. Remember the movie Groundhog Day? Groundhog Day was a comedy starring Bill Murray who had to relive the day over and over again until he learned to live as a better person. Just like I thought the movie would never end, sometimes it feels winter won’t either…so today try something new!
    • A new recipe for dinner
    • Take the dog for a walk in a new direction
    • Carry a different purse, if you always carry the same black or brown purse
    • Eat dinner off of the “fancy dishes”
    • Take an online class to learn something new
  • Being cooped up inside is a great time to sort and purge your things. Make it a game. Clean out your sock drawer. If your sock drawer is like a bad game of Memory each morning, then do just that, make it a game. Dump the drawer on the floor. Match all the pairs. Any socks without a match gets thrown away. Also toss any pairs that are worn or have holes. Make it a game to get the kids involved and before you know it all the socks in the house will be neatly matched and organized!
  • Do you have a stack of photos that you have been meaning to sort and put in photo albums? This is a perfect winter project. Once spring comes you’ll want to be outside and sitting inside sorting photos will not be a priority. Stop procrastinating and get to it. This is an easy project to do while you watch TV. If you have an excessive amount of photos recruit other family members or consider hiring a professional organizer to help the project move quickly and more efficiently.
  • What’s the one thing you’ve been meaning to do but just haven’t done it yet? Caulk the shower? Throw away the phonebook? Hang your wedding picture? There’s no time like the present…do it NOW!

Hal Borland said “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” Spring will come but we have 47 days till that happens. So try one of the ideas above or find your own remedy for cabin fever!

No sense in suffering…what’s your cabin fever cure?

Theresa Finnigin is a professional organizer, speaker, writer and owner of Ready Aim Organize. Theresa is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and NAPO St. Louis Chapter. The mission of Ready Aim Organize is to rid homes and offices of clutter and chaos to ensure time is not wasted and each day is more productive and peaceful than the one before! Sign up now to receive the FREE Ready Aim Organize e-newsletter.

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