Alas, Christmas and New Years are drawing to a close. It’s no mystery why this time can be overwhelming, depressing, etc.
For example, I just got home from a two week trip home to see family I haven’t seen in four years. Not only was the trip itself long and exhausting, it damn near broke my heart to leave. I arrived home to a (mostly self-imposed) to do list a mile and a half long, school starts again in less than a week (I have zero motivation to go back, right now), and, of course, I’m sick.
So as I sit here clutching my steaming hot cup of Alka-Seltzer Plus (no I’m not being paid to promote that, but hey, if Alka-Seltzer is listening…send more packets…hook a girl up), I’m going to share with you a couple of tiny, simple things I’ve done to get me motivated to kick ass in the New Year.
Usher out the Christmas Decor with Equally Pretty “January” Decor
Don’t just strip your house of bright, shiny cheer. Switch it out with equally shinny New Year/January themed decorations. I haven’t even started to put away Christmas yet (for Catholics, Christmas doesn’t end until Epiphany), but when I do, I plan to go out and treat myself to a few new pretty decor items to spruce things up. On a smaller scale, I’ve started by changing out the backgrounds on all my technology. Sounds stupid, I know, but never underestimate the power of seeing something that makes you happy every time you check the time on your phone, turn on your desktop to get some work done, etc. Let January be a time of new beginnings, self-care, and sweet winter memories, rather than the month that all the fun ends.
Today I picked out some new, beautiful wallpapers for my phone, tablet, and computer. Simple, but it really cheers me up.
Currently, I’m really feeling gold, pink, black, and teal combinations.
Gorgeous Printable Calendars
I like to keep my own personal planner, as one of my symptoms of OCD is that I need to compulsively make lists and write things down (lists, on lists, on lists…) . However, I also like to keep a general family calendar that I hang on the fridge, that way my husband can walk by and see what’s going on in the upcoming weeks for everyone. It helps keep everyone on the same page, as well as helping to keep my calm as I can easily, visually see what I’m up to that day on a constant basis. Today I went looking for a nice one to hang up, and came across this set… Immediately falling in love, I printed it out and am in the process of filling out the month of January.
I also suggest browsing her site because as I was looking at this, I saw many many previews of other gorgeous freebies I’ll definitely be going back for…
Simple Printable To Do Lists
Did I mention I’m a compulsive list maker? I’m so crazy that I make prequel lists to my more detailed itemized lists that then break off into smaller, sectioned to do lists. In order to gather my thoughts for the most important things I need to get done this month, I went searching for a pretty, simple to do list…and found this.
Again, I suggest hanging around her site for awhile, as she has so many beautiful printable freebies to help you organize your life.
It’s clean, pretty, simple, and looks nice with the coastal theme of my living room.
Want more free printables? Click here!
Here are my new additions!
I was so happy to find Valentine’s Day decorations in colors that look nice with my nautical grey/blue living room! Target does it again, my friends! Both the wooden XO and plate were $3 a piece. I also think the plate will be nice to put my rings/bracelet/Fitbit on while I’m washing dishes.
I also decided I loved the twine/clothes pin idea in my front hallway that I used to hang up Christmas cards. So I kept it. But I took out the glitter clothespins (leaving just the grey ones), and hung up post cards and various beach/water front pictures, instead!
So tell me folks, what are you doing to keep the cheer alive in the New Year?