If you live in a northern climate where the winters are snow covered and barren, you may be hoping that spring is right around the corner. You're not alone. Thankfully you can help alleviate the dreary feeling of winter, by getting a head start on your planning.
Even though winter is still with us, and will be for a few more weeks, warm days may still be in the forecast for your area. Many places have warm days towards the end of February and the beginning of March, so take advantage of them.
Grab yourself a coffee or hot chocolate, and window shop. Sometimes just getting out of the house can help put us in a better mood, so don't let winter keep you inside. Go out and explore.
Many states have local landmarks you can visit, that would make a great vacation for the whole family. Start searching the Web or picking up brochures at your local visitor's center to find new places to visit this summer. This will no doubt give you something to look forward to in the months ahead.
Throw rugs and other decorative items to reflect the soft natural colors of the season. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery, to remind you that spring really is on its way.
Next, think about the garden space you have around your home, and draw a map of where you want to plant each item. This will not only help lift your mood, but you will also have a plan for your garden already in place, when the time comes to put your seedlings in the ground.
Don't wait until the weather turns warm to go through your clothes; pull them out now, and get the process started. Not only will this inspire you, it will also give you an idea of which clothes you need to replace, and which can be worn for another season. By the time spring arrives, you will be ahead of schedule and ready to get out and enjoy the season.
Plus, now that you know which clothes need to be replaced, you likely have a better idea of what you need to buy to spruce up your wardrobe. You don't have to shop only for clothes either. If there are decorative items for your home, or gardening tools that you will need this year, get out and shop for them too.
Winter is a tough time of year, especially if you live in a cold climate. The short days and long nights are enough to depress anyone. Curb your dull mood by preparing yourself for spring. Before you know it, warmer days will be right around the corner, and you'll be prepared to enjoy them to their fullest.