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“Nobody on the road,
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer’s out of reach…”
Be thankful I’m not singing that Don Henley song! I love it but it does have a gloomy ring to it. The thought of the back to school routine and running on a treadmill in the basement during the cold months makes me a little sad.
If you’re like me and get the end of summer blues here’s a few ideas to cheer you up or just keep you busy during the cold months.
1) Get Crafting
Head to the craft supply store or dollar store and stock up on craft supplies. If you get busy making crafts for Christmas gifts in September, you’ll be ahead of the game.
2) Sing Karaoke
Crisp fall evenings are a great time to fire up the karaoke machine. There are free songs out there and plenty of sites where you can purchase newer songs. If you don’t have a karaoke player and would like to look into buying one, here’s a link to the one we have. This is a newer model, it’s a bit pricey but comes with everything you’ll need including 2-microphones and 3000 songs. For more karaoke fun, check my post 15 Karaoke Songs Anyone Can Sing!
3) Take a Day Trip and See the Fall Foliage
My parents love to do this. Every fall they go leaf-peeping and take a drive through a scenic area. They make a day of it and stop at antique stores and little shops along the way.
4) Plan Fall Activities
Head to a fall festival for the day. Go apple picking (then bake pies, yum!). Head to the pumpkin patch or bring your kids to the corn maze. Check out the fall activities in your area…especially the free ones!
5) Bring the Outside In
Buy a few new plants to bring the green inside. My son and I made a Tooth Fairy Garden complete with a clothesline and wishing well that we plan to keep inside and enjoy over the fall/winter months.
6) Savor the Holidays
This one should be easy but sometimes it’s not. I’m the holiday planner, doer and shopper in our house. With Thanksgiving and Christmas back-to-back, it can be difficult to take time and enjoy the holiday magic. This one is a reminder to me (and others like me) to slow down and just enjoy time with family.
7) Plan Your Financial Future
After the holidays my husband and I take a look at our retirement accounts and set goals for the new year. Some people may think this is really boring but having a plan at the beginning of the year helps us get on the same page and makes everything go smoother.
8) Tackle and Indoor Project
Last winter I painted our bedroom which desperately needed an update. I know winter seems like a bad time to paint but I closed the door, opened the windows and got to work. I don’t think I would have gotten it done if I had waited until spring.
9) Start Spring Cleaning Early
Don’t wait until spring to do your spring cleaning. Spring is so busy and there are so many things to do outside once the snow melts and the flowers start to bud. Why wait until spring to clean? Throw open the windows and deep clean each room. I know, once again I mention opening the windows in the dead of winter (a little wasteful but only for about 20 minutes or so). I go through every room, move furniture, clean carpets, dust baseboards and wash the curtains.
10) Plan a Vacation
We tend to hunker down at home when the weather turns cold so I always find it easier to save money during the fall and winter months. Last year we saved up and were able to take a trip to Florida over spring break. It’s great having something to look forward to so why not start now and save up for a trip you’ve been wanting to take.