January. Ugh! January has always been my least favorite month of the year. I live in Virginia and most days in January are very dreary and overcast. We can go for days and days without seeing any real sunlight and the weather is just downright "gloomy." After awhile I have to admit the lack of sunlight starts to get to me.
January also signals the end of Christmas and all the trimmings that went along with it. The house was festively decorated and once everything is put away things tend to look a little drab to me. Sometimes before I know I know it I can be experiencing the "blues." If any of you experience these feelings I have a solution! LET THERE BE LIGHT!
I have found a very inexpensive and easy way to "brighten" my mood right up. I certainly don't have a lot of money to invest, especially after Christmas, but my solution will barely put a dent in my pocketbook! I either use my old Christmas lights that I was about to put away or I can go and take advantage of the after Christmas sales with lights being 75% off! I have several ficus trees in my home and also a small palm tree. After the Christmas lights come off the tree they immediately find a new home on my other trees. I like to use a LOT of the little white lights. They look absolutely beautiful of the trees! It's like I still have a little Christmas with me and it "freshens" up the look in my home. As I walk from room to room the sight of these pretty lights just "brighten" up my mood. Pun intended! LOL
Another thing I like to do is have low level lighting on around the house. Just that little bit of "extra" light makes the room seem a happier place to be!
I have also taken a small strand of Christmas lights and put them into some of my home decor. I really like the look of this rustic birdhouse with the lights below. I have also strung lights on the shelf in my kitchen that displays my baskets!
There are many ways you can add light into your home, just use your imagination! You can also start on that winter project, take a brisk walk in the fresh air, read a great book just for fun, or put on some "peppy" music. Before you know it you will chase those winter blues away!!