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‘Sup February: 5 Things To Do Now To Beat The Winter Blues

Start Planning Your Spring Activities: 

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Planning ahead, will allow us the opportunity to look ahead to the future; at a  time when the weather will be warmer, and the earth will come alive again. Just the thought makes me wanna smile; except I can’t right now, because IM COLD bruh! Need some ideas. No prob.  If you’re in NYC around March, take in the annual Cherry Blossom exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, or if in Chicago, go and play at the Navy Pier. Just do a quick search and see what’s popping in your city come Spring, and begin to pencil in the fun.

Get Creative:

Likely, this time of year, once we’re in the house, it’s usually where we stay, until obligations pull us into the cold outdoors. Well, with so much time being spent in the house, make use of it. Redecorate a room, or reorganize your closet. Perhaps, we’ve had it wrong all along; “Spring Cleaning”, should take place in the winter, freeing us up to enjoy the Spring weather, duhhhhh! Take a look at this youtube channel for some interior design ideas.

Pamper Yourself!

In the winter we tend to throw caution away when it comes to our body. We allow our pedis to grow out a little longer than normal; we may just let that darn layer of hair to inhabit our legs and other places, just a tee wee bit longer than we should. Well, I am here to advocate for treating our bodies like the temple of goddess that it truly is, even this time of year. This time of year, it’s great to keep our skin moisturized, our hair healthy, and our bodies prepped for warmer weather. Don’t let this cold fool you boo. Before you know it, warmer months will be here and it’ll be time to show all that’s been tucked away in big warm boot, and big winter coats. Stay ready, so you aint got to get ready!

Mental Escape. 

Read a good book.  Or ten. Reading is a great way to escape the winter blues and find yourself smack dabbed in the middle of a warm island, falling in love with tall dark glass of something sexy, only your imagination can cook up. Or you can indulge in a good biography about Abraham Lincoln if your anything like me. Either way, the idea is escape. And a good book always transport us just long enough to enjoy.

Find You Psalm-body:

This one is for the singles. This time of year, it’s tempting to get into a temporary romance, as it is after all ‘cuffing season’. Well, that can get tricky if you’re waiting for that special someone , and not just willing to settle for anyone. Don’t succumb to the pressure of getting boo’d up this cold season, just to have a warm body to be next to. Rather, take time to read, watch and indulge on content that leads you to  what God’s intentions are for your love life, for all seasons of your life. Pastor Michael Todd, from the Transformation Church, has a great series called #RelationshipGoals, that is sure to give you great tips on intentional purpose-filled relationships and more importantly the importance of this season called single.

#TackleItTuesday: 5 Tips For Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung, and after this last leg of old man winter that dumped over 4 feet of snow in my area,  I am welcoming Spring with arms wide open. But now that the sun will be shining extra bright, it will surely reveal all the indiscretions that the grey gloomy sky’s of the winter hid. So, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get busy with the Spring Cleaning duties.

Here are some handy tips to make Spring Cleaning all the more effective:

Cleaning the Refrigerator:

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A new season upon us means, a new eating plan. In the winter we crave comfort food. In the Spring, we  should begin eating lighter and fresher. First empty the fridge, and remove all the contents. Decide if you’re going to dump that bottle of mayo, or keep that container of vegan butter. If your contents are a little dirty on the outside containers, wipe them down.  Remove the drawers, and shelves and wash separately with warm water and soap. Wipe off  the walls and back of fridge with one part water, one part vinegar solution. Dry the drawers and shelves off and return them to the fridge along with the other contents. Clean the outside of the fridge.

Cleaning the Closet:

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Cleaning out the closet for Spring Cleaning, can be complex. It requires good judgement, and the removal of emotional attachment. Easier said then done, right? Well here are some pretty basic questions you should be asking yourself when you hit that ‘keep it or chuck it’ dilemma:

Does it fit? (Not will it fit in a few months or after I lose these 15 pounds; does it fit now? )If not, chuck it or donate it.

Will I ever wear this again? If not, chuck or donate.

Lastly, if it is damaged, is it repairable at a reasonable cost to you?

Now that you have removed all the unnecessary clutter from your closet, it time to organize the remaining items. It helps to have all hangers facing the same direction. For clothes and other items that won’t be used daily, utilize storage bins such as this one:

If you have a load of shoes to organize, consider investing in a few clear shoe-boxes like this:

Dusting:

The dust builds in the winter. Even if you have been keeping up with the daily dusting  routine during the winter months, you’ll see that there were spots missed. Use a microfiber cloth to remove the tiniest of dust mites. For hard to reach spots, grab am extended dust stick like this one:

Shining the Windows:

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Remove any build up of dust from around the corners and window sill, with a brush or broom. Now grab a sponge and a little soapy water (the fewer suds the better), and wash the window. Now wipe away the excess water with a squeegee, using a reverse S pattern, from top to bottom. Using old crumpled newspaper, buff the window for optimal shine!

Mattress:

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During the winter months, your mattress endured a lot. It’s where you laid, when you were hit with the flu and more. This is a great time to disinfect it and remove all the dead-skin that has accumulated. Start by removing the linens and toss in the laundry. Let the mattress sit and air for a little while. Toss some baking soda on the mattress, and grab an upholstery vacuum  like the one below, and suck up the baking soda.

For lasting fresh scent, add scented dryer sheets to the mattress before placing the fitted sheets  or mattress cover back on.