10 Ways to Get Over those January Blues

So it's the first day back from a long christmas break, it’s still far from pay day, it’s cold and it’s dark. The gifts have been delivered and unwrapped. The cookies have been eaten. The carols have ceased.

After so many parties and visiting family many people suffer from the January blues during this time a year. But this year instead of fighting January and all it has to offer why not embrace it and embrace the change for the new year.

After all the excesses of December, which usually take over the whole month, not just Christmas, many people find themselves craving their own company. A few ideas to help you enjoy January is to start reading books, donate some time to helping others, catching-up on films you haven’t seen yet and focusing on eating healthily and moving more.

Another great idea is to get yourself organized, although, many people dread taking down the Christmas decorations and the tree it can be the start of some those organization tasks around the house you've had on your todo list forever. De-cluttering and organizing can help get you moving and lift your spirits once your house is clutter free so it's a win win task.

 

1. ORGANIZE AND PACK CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

A common mistake people make when organizing and packing their holiday decorations is they tend to throw everything into a large container and call it a day. In order to protect each item for future use, however, Christmas decorations need to be wrapped and placed in a box or storage container.

Many containers, like those specifically for ornaments, come with dividers to keep items separate. These are best when storing holiday decorations since they prevent damage. If you’re storing an artificial Christmas tree, you can either break down the sections of the tree and store them in separate boxes, or you can store the tree in one piece in a box (preferably the original box) to help it keep its shape during storage.

If for some reason you've lost your ornament boxes here's a few tips you can use to keep you items safe and easy to find.

1. Put those Beaded Garlands in a drink container for a no tangle solution.

2. Use clear boxes and labels to make setting up a breeze!

3. You can fill up those gallon sized baggies with ornaments and they will all fit in your storage tote!

4. Another great ornament storage solution is to use your empty egg cartons.

5. Keep your lights untangled with this great idea!

6. Have a bunch of garland or outdoor Christmas decor? Try storing in a clean trash bin!

7. Ever wonder what to do with the adorable Christmas cards? Put them on a ring to enjoy each year!

8. Or put them in a scrapbook!

9. No reason to pay the big bucks for expensive ornament containers, try this DIY option instead!

10. Making your own organizing divisions will save you money and keep your decorations nice and neat!

11. Here’s another great idea for organizing those ornaments – with a large tub and a couple rods. Genius!

12. Put each strand of lights in its own Ziplock Bag. Prevents a big tangled mess!

 

STORE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS IN A STORAGE UNIT

When you move Christmas decorations to a storage unit, you’ll probably only need a 5×5 or 5×10. These unit sizes are similar to a walk-in closet, so they should provide plenty of space for boxes, storage containers, trees, wreaths, and other items you want to put away until next Christmas.

If you live in a region that sees high temperatures and humidity, you may want a storage unit that comes equipped with heat control. While in storage, decorations can discolor, melt, or shatter when exposed to heat and humidity. Worse, trees and wreaths can develop mold and mildew.

A heat-controlled storage unit can help prevent weather-related damages. Since this storage feature acts as an air conditioner and dehumidifier inside the unit, it helps to keep all of your items safe from external conditions.

Another thing to keep in mind when storing decorations in self storage is to not stack boxes or containers too high. Never stack items more than chest height. This ensures boxes don’t crumble under the weight of other boxes or fall from the stack, which could easily damage the items inside.

Keeping seasonal items in a storage unit will help save space in your home for your other storage needs.

 

2. GET YOUR CLOSET ORGANIZED

Maybe you choose your clothes closet, or your child’s closet, but now is the best time to organize a closet--any closet-- because January is official closet organization month. The steps are simple: declutter, organize like with like, store and then donate (or consign).



3. DONATE, DONATE, DONATE.

January is actually a great time to donate clothing, especially if you received a lot of new clothes to ad to your wardrobe during Christmas. If you just organized your closet you can get some shopping bags ready and donate your gently-used clothes.

Helping those that are struggling financially will always help lift your spirits and get rid of those January blues.


4. Re-FRESHE and DECLUTTER YOUR ENTRYWAY

Just in case you still have a bunch of guests coming through, or were so busy yourself you may have let this entryway to your home get a little cluttered, make sure you do a quick organization.


5. MOVE YOUR SEASONAL GEAR AND EXCESS ITEMS INTO STORAGE

With all the new gifts and some of them for summer time rather than winter it's a great idea to move them into storage.  One great option is to move all those Christmas items you just organized and all your summer items into a Calgary storage unit.  Make a list of what you're taking and ensure you pack everything in boxes that our labeled then stack them so items you need to get to in the summer time are on top. It's a great idea to make a layout map of your storage unit so you know exactly where to find everything when you need to find it.  Budget Storage Calgary offers a wide range of storage unit sizes that will fit your families needs.  All of our affordable self storage units are indoors, clean, dry, dust free, heat controlled and have 24/7 security so you know your items are safe with us.


6. GET STARTED WITH GOAL SETTING

This one is fun. Sit down and think about what you want to accomplish this year and then map out a plan to make it work.


7. TRANSFER IMPORTANT DATES FROM LAST YEAR's CALENDAR TO A NEW ONE

Better yet, move them to an online calendar that will replicate them each year. I use my Google calendar for this one but if you love your paper calendar, sit down with a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or distract yourself with the TV and get this done now.


8. START PLANNING AND SPRING TRAVEL

January is a great time to start picking out your spring destinations. It always lifts my spirits thinking about new fun locations to travel to and sites to see.


9. SCHEDULE YEARLY APPOINTMENTS

Get working on scheduling your yearly doctor, optometrist, dentist, veterinary and accountant appointments.


10. EMBRACE WINTER

Now that you're organized go and embrace winter. There's tons of things to do in Calgary or in the mountains.

  1. Ice Skating
  2. Sledding
  3. Snowshoeing
  4. Skiing
  5. Dog Sledding
  6. Ice Fishing
  7. Snowmobiling
  8. Join a Snow Fight
  9. Go to the Ice Magic Festival
  10. Calgary Olympic Tube Park

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