The Best Way To Combat Cabin Fever in Your Home

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Feeling restless, irritable, or bored while you’re stuck inside this winter? Cambridge Dictionary defines what you may be feeling as cabin fever.

It happens to me every single year – right around this time.

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According to Google, February 2nd, which is Groundhog Day, is the official halfway point of winter.  Sunny spring days can’t get here fast enough!

I always enjoy the cozy winter vibe in my home after all of the Christmas decor has been taken down and put away, but that only lasts for about a week for me and then I’m ready for warm weather and blooming flowers.

So far this winter, we’ve been fortunate to not have any ice storms, which are common in my neck of the woods (although I wouldn’t mind some snow!). 

But, even so, it’s this time of year that I always begin to wonder if the dreary days of winter will ever end and if spring will ever arrive!

I honestly don’t think I’d mind winter so much if the trees weren’t bare of all their leaves.  I miss all of the green!

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I know in my heart that spring is just over the horizon, so even though it isn’t here quite yet, there are some small things that I can do in my own home to help me “survive” the remaining days of winter that seem to drag on forever.

Tip #1: Bring the outside in.

Whether real, artificial, or dried, adding just a few flowers or greenery to your home will say instant spring!  I love to sprinkle a little something that’s green or blooming around all of the rooms in my house.

The live plants, that I added to my family room a year ago and other areas, are a welcome sight this time of year! 

In addition to live plants, fresh flowers from the grocery store, real or artificial boxwood anything and dried hydrangeas are a few of my favorites.

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Tip #2: Bring in natural light.

As long as the sun is shining, I almost, almost don’t care how cold it is outside.  I absolutely crave the sun this time of year.

I try to take advantage of those few sunny winter days, by throwing open those curtains and blinds and letting the sun pour into the house. 

Even better – I’ll get an instant mood lifter, by actually spending some time sitting in front of one of those warm and sunny windows!

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Tip #3: Add cheery color to your decor.

Yes, darker colors can make a room feel cozy, but if you’re combating the winter doldrums, adding a few bright pops of color to your home will create the feeling of lightness that we all associate with spring.  

Color can easily be added with throw pillows, accessories, throws, or even colorful artwork. You just might be surprised what a mood-lifter a little color can be!

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Thankfully, for those of us who crave the warmer weather, winter doesn’t last forever!  I hope these simple tips will help to get you through until spring finally arrives.

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    1. I just love the look of your house! Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas.

  1. I have started buying tulips almost every week. Tulips say Spring!

    1. Kathy Menold says:

      Just went to our local Trader Joe’s and bought two pretty house plants. Just that simple addition to my home lifted my spirits. Hopefully they will do well and can be used outside in some containers when warmer weather arrives. Rainy and cold here today so back to cleaning out some cabinets. The linen closet and bathroom cabinets are on my hit list for today?

      1. It’s amazing what a few flowers will go to make a space feel cheery! Cold and rainy here today too. Have fun organizing!

  2. I am trying to downsize my blog list—you make it really hard to make progress in that! 🙂

  3. I’m with you. Hate the gray, cold days of winter. Spring can’t come soon enough!

  4. Heidi Sentz says:

    Just the inspiration I needed on this gray February day!

  5. Enjoyed these hints to help with winter blues! You made such super suggestions.

  6. Thanks!! I needed this! So ready for Spring to arrive!!!

  7. All good ideas! I love getting inspiration from your house. It’s gorgeous!

  8. I look forward to each new season. But I enjoy our Vermont winters. It is a time to putter around the house, making soup, working on crafts or cuddling in my favorite chair near our pellet stove with my precious pug on my lap. After Valentine’s day I will bring out my Easter decor and start to look forward to spring. Thanks for your inspiration.

  9. I can’t wait for the dull of winter to be over! Bring on spring!

  10. I love bringing the outside in, especially with flowers. Tulips make my day this time of year.

  11. We’ve been teased with warm days lately. I too so ready for warm to stay! Spring is one of my most favorite seasons!

  12. Thanks for the tips! I am so looking forward to having the windows open & letting in the fresh air.

  13. Great advice! I am already implementing your tips. Spring is coming!

  14. I want to bring home some daffodils. Nothing says spring like that.

  15. Rae Endreola says:

    Thanks for some wonderful tips to brightening up my house! Fresh flowers is always my pick-me-up!

  16. Julie Garza says:

    Those little touches of spring green — boxwood, mossy spheres, etc. — REALLY make a difference. Come on, Spring!

  17. Beth Stansell says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas! I love to bring nature into my home as well–this helps tremendously with inching closer to spring. Love to see the green around my house!! Everyday we are getting closer! Here in NC, we have had a mild winter and my daffodils are blooming!!!! I fear they wish they were back in the ground as it will get down to 22 degrees tonight!

  18. Rebecca Nelson says:

    Thanks for the tips. I am itching to pull out my nests, eggs and forsythia, but it just isn’t time yet.

  19. Kelley Woerther says:

    Would love to let the sun in…if it would come out. Great ideas!