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Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Melissa,
    I’m really working on #4 – getting rid of the clutter. On gray cloudy days my house can seem like it’s closing in on me and the more stuff and clutter that is around, the worse it is. Taking one chunk…even one drawer at a time and cleaning it out and getting rid of the over-accumulation of stuff I have can be refreshing and invigorating. I kind of have to force myself to do it, but the payoff is worth it. I also need to shut off the social media more and if I find a few spare moments…spend it with God and a cup of coffee. I don’t even need to be reading scripture or praying, but just sitting and being in His presence and being open to what He might want to say to me. Maybe He just wants me to sit in His love for me. Thanks for the needed reminders.
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. I start my deep cleaning in January. I remind myself that when it starts getting warmer I will want to be outside soaking up the sunshine.
    That helps me to do something useful now.

  3. Love your suggestions. Indefinitely struggle to keep my spirits up in the winter!
    I also love to use the time indoors to listen to music or encouraging podcasts.

  4. This is so timely dear woman! My scrapbooks are calling and every winter I push to do a child.. on my last child now, ( note :this baby is 33 years old with 3 of my 11 grandchildren 😉 my generation took photos.. We store boxes of them. I refuse to go to heaven and leave the kids my mess.. That’s what encourages me now. Yes spring is beautiful here in NC and summer can be hot ! Even hottest days I can scrapbook and now 11 grandchildren will be organized as 5 family books in order to finish … One day! Joy and hours pass as I organize them and pray for them and thank God over all those happy faces and memories;)) happy Monday y’all

    • I would love to start scrapbooking, but have no idea where or how to begin. I have 8 grands of my own, with boxes and boxes of photos. Any advice for this Grammy?

  5. We clip branches of forsythia and force them. Our first batch is fully open.
    Change the water daily.

  6. I love this article. Even though winter isn’t closing me in in Ga. We had days over 70 degrees in January and I was wearing shorts. I was glad to get out and enjoy the sunlight and just let it be warm on my back, I even go out and look at the stars, anything to beat the cabin fever. I love reaching out the internet, but alas, I need to declutter too.

  7. Melissa,

    Great ideas. I do #4 a lot. Every so often I go through my clothes, other items & see what I can get rid of. I can’t stand clutter and a lot of stuff. Enjoy letting others use/have these items I’m no longer using. #5 is so easy for me. I am not much on social media. I do Facebook some, read emails and that is it. Only really look at Facebook to see updates on friends’ accidents, & check out family news. Mostly I listen to preachers, Christian comedy & Christian music.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. Yes blessings from Sweden. Here in Sweden we also have this spring feeling outside. Its a wonderful weather with a blue sky and the birds are singing. The ground is covered with white snow which makes it even lighter..