Cabin fever is real, my friends. Here's how to tackle the winter blahs and tidy up.

Here in Michigan, we are experiencing some of the most severe weather in history this week. The term “polar vortex” was coined, and let me tell you - it is NO JOKE! As the snow drifts get higher, and the temperatures drop lower, I am starting to feel the walls creep closer. School is closed, the movie theater is closed, the USPS is not delivering mail, the list goes on. Literally, Michigan is closed today!

Cabin fever can strike even the most calm and collected person. I find that movement and purpose help me get through days like this. As well as gratitude for owning a business that can close when historic weather strikes.

Here are some of my favorite ways to keep busy, and be productive during a snowstorm:

  • Music: whatever your jam is, blast it! Or better yet, find something new to listen to.

  • Start with your main living area: tidy and put things away, reset couch and chair pillows, fold blankets, and organize surfaces like coffee tables and end tables. (*Bonus - have your kids do their own tidying by going through the house to find the items that belong to them.) Load and run the dishwasher, empty the trash, and vacuum high-traffic areas.

  • Upstairs: make your bed (have kids make their own if they’re able), do a general tidy, and empty trash cans. And if you’re feeling really energetic, swish your toilets out. (*Bonus - this is another great job for kids to do.)

  • Find the funk: still feeling like tackling clutter? Where are those areas of your house that could use attention? What are you always too busy to tackle?

    • For me, general clutter tends to build up in otherwise organized areas: drawers. While I have drawer dividers, clutter will end up in places that are hidden at my house - drawers, closets, and cabinets.

    • A good tidy of hidden areas every 3 months or so will guarantee that you are staying on top of clutter, and not letting it get out of control.

  • How to tidy:

    • Identify an area to tackle

    • Empty out the area (example, a kitchen drawer)

    • Group like items, and get rid of multiples

    • Name your purpose for that drawer - are there items that don’t belong? Put them where they belong

    • Go the extra mile: label interior drawers and cupboards, so that family members can follow suit!

  • Put your feet up: great work! If you’ve made it this far, it’s time to make something warm to drink, cozy up by the fire, and put your feet up! You’ve earned it!

Cabin Fever