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Cabin Fever: How To Survive Snow Days

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cabin Fever

Early Spring Cleaning

I know, I know I hate it too but it can be the difference between a productive day or a day of watching old X-Files on Netflix. When I decide to clean up to avoid feeling too cooped up I start by straightening and organizing small projects such as books or clothing. I will also go through pieces of clothing and small furniture or housewares to see if there is anything I would like to donate to a local thrift shop. It helps my home stay clear and organized and it helps me feel accomplished even though I have been in my PJs all day. If you need something a bit more intense I suggest cleaning your floors. You do not have to get on your hands and knees but just sweeping can make a world of difference in how the room looks.

A Little DIY

Doing small projects around the house can help you get excited about being in your home and can inspire you to create more and make your home even cozier. There are plenty of small DIY projects you can find on the Internet or in your grandmother’s old craft book (Who knows? You may find a gem!). My favorite project to do at home when I’m trying to shoo cabin fever away is create rice heating packs for the home or for gifts. Rice packs are easy to make and can ease sore muscles or the achy feeling when you are experiencing flu symptoms. If you want to give it a try, you will need about a cup and a half of dry rice, half a yard of fabric, thread, and patience. I like to fold one wrong side out and sew the two open ends together while leaving one open. Then I will place the rice in the bag with a few teaspoons of lavender flowers and finishing sewing the last edge.

Culinary Experimentation

Now is the perfect time to work on that recipe that you’ve been dying to try. It can also be a wonderful excuse to have the kids help you in the kitchen. I enjoy working in the kitchen during a snow day because it often makes a wonderful dinner (and sometimes lunch the next day) and cleans the kitchen at the same time. If you have little ones you can always bake cookies and then sweep and clean dishes while you wait for the delicious morsels to bake.

Relax

If all else fails, cozy up with a cup of tea and a good book. Snow days are the weather’s way to tell us to slow down and enjoy the people that share your home.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com