Hibernating is what I do in January. I nest, and lose momentum on things that I’ve started. I think it’s partially due to trying to piece together our lives post-holiday (post-Santa, post-travels), and also, because it’s damn cold and I can come up with 40 good reasons not to step foot into the snowy backyard if I don’t need to. I’m trying to appreciate it for what it is – a lull in my normally self-imposed chaotic schedule in which I can think about planning out my year and tonight’s dinner, finding a home for that West Elm barracuda, and rearrange the sectional in the living room again to troubleshoot new baby proofing and entertaining strategies.
We’re closing in on two years in this home already, and making an earnest effort towards making it feel “complete” by continuing to furnish and customize features to fit our lifestyle. Maintenance-wise, plenty of things need our attention at some point, like the bathroom with cracking tile ($$$$$) and the unusable fireplace ($$$) and the barn siding ($$), but maybe not this year if we can help it. There will always be intense projects looming on the horizon, and our spring is already lined up with treehouse upgrades and garden plans, so I’m kind of enjoying the prospect of meeting smaller goals for the next few months, and finishing what we’ve started.
I’m working off two lists–one of “simple” tasks that if I were a little more decisive and organized, could be crossed off in one weekend, and one of “hard/annoying/cost prohibitive” projects–and a goal of finishing most of them before adding more to our plates. It’s a mix of DIY and must-buy, encompassing everything from garage doors and beds, dressers and area rugs, amplified storage and children’s play, and a whole lot more. It won’t be the year for blasting through money on decorative throws and new bedside tables (I’m not sure that seasonal pillows are my style anyways), but I might indulge in a new camera if the tax season works out in our favor.
How do you guys hibernate?