Fighting Winter's Dread
I love the cold and the snow and I love sweaters and coffee and layering. I think there’s something so special about the winter months when you’re sort of forced to stay inside with family or gather in warm spots with friends. I’m all about the hygge, believe me. But the winter months in many places can drag on for a very long time and the short days can bring a weight of weariness and sadness for no apparent reason. While there may not be an ultimate fix for those long winter months (other than quitting your job and relocating to the Caribbean), there are a handful of intentional things we can do to bring life into our homes and brighten those dark days. Here are my two favorite ways to do that which involve flowers/plants of some sort:
Greenery in homes is extremely popular right now. My advice? Buy into this trend. It only has to be as expensive as you let it. I found a large and thriving philodendron at Home Depot this past fall for $15 dollars. That’s less than what we often pay for a new top or our weekly amount coffee or a movie with snacks. There was already a hook in the beam between my kitchen and living room so I brought that baby home, watered it, and hung it up. Done. Easy peasy lemon squeezey. Once a week, I climb up on a stool and water it and every other week I add a little Miracle Grow food in. I also have 2 other baby philodendron on shelves in my living room that get the same treatment. And then there’s the fern that really just needs a more humid climate. If my bathroom was bigger, it would go in there, but no one wants fern leaves hugging them while on the toilet, right?
I also keep one glass vase in my room and always have flowers in it. Some weeks it's just stems of eucalyptus and other weeks I’m trading those for sunflowers or tulips or mums or anything bold in color. I pick up a bunch of flowers whenever I’m doing my grocery shopping (which makes the grocery shopping way more fun) and when I get home, I immediately clip the stems & put them in the jar with clean, cold water and a pack of food. Trading out the water and putting a new pack of food in every couple days or once a week keeps those flowers fresh for a long time.
There’s a few things I love about this particular way I bring life into my home: First, I buy only flowers that I absolutely love. Every morning when I’m pulling myself out of a warm bed and heading to work, one of the first things I see is that jar of flowers. So usually I’m choosing something that reminds me of summer and warm days. Also, it’s super cheap. $5 - $10 every 2-3 weeks. That’s way cheaper than therapy. And it’s always different. I love change and I can’t be rearranging everything in my home each month. Having a specific arrangement that is consistently getting changed out and made new gives me something to look forward to and satisfies that need for changing things up.
In the winter, the only seasonal plant that comes into my home is the Christmas tree. Other than that, I’m bringing in flowers that remind me of warm summer days and open windows. The green plants stay year round, which is particularly nice when most plant life outside has turned brown and dried up. I know that winter months can be so dreary and honestly, I’m one who is quick to get down during those months if I’m not getting enough time in the sun or outdoors. I’ve realized, even in this past year, that being intentional about bringing life into my home during those “dead” months is incredibly beneficial. Tiny things like plants help my mentality, my ability to handle months of cold, and remind me that spring is coming and the world will once again be green and warm.
Hailey is the hands and heart behind Flowers by Hailey Elaine, located in Columbia, South Carolina. She loves all things found at Trader Joe's, slow mornings are her jam and she'll take the mountains over the beach any day. She likes hot coffee black and iced coffee with cream. She's passionate about people doing what they love and she wants to be someone who encourages that and draws it out in others.