It seems that as soon as the first day of spring rolls around, families everywhere become busier. From after-school activities to summertime vacations, it doesn’t seem like there’s ever enough time to do the things that need to get done. This means that life can become more stressful during this time, and that’s not fair to anyone, especially parents. However, one way to deter this from happening is to plan ahead during the winter months and tackle some of those things on your to-do list. Check out these six things to do during the winter months to help make your life simpler.
1. Schedule Health Checkups
It’s important that you and your child see your health professionals at least once a year, and trying to schedule these in the summer can be challenging with your schedule. However, scheduling health checkups like annual physicals or dental exams during the winter can make it easier for you to complete. Even starting young children in the habit of doctor and dental visits can make a difference. According to , “Children who start to see their dentist at the age of one not only end up with better oral hygiene, but also experience reduced stress during annual exams.”
2. Meal Prep
Cooking can take up a lot of time and energy, and when the weather starts to get nicer, it’s harder to find the time or the energy to cook at home. This means more money spent at fast food restaurants and less healthy meals. Instead of wasting your entire paycheck at the local restaurant, use the winter months to meal prep. Spend a day going shopping and stocking up on ingredients. Then, spend the time prepping these meals and getting them in your freezer. Now, you’ll have a nice home-cooked meal to turn to even on your busiest days.
3. Bring Home Extra Pay
Everyone could use a little extra cash, and winter months are a good time to find that extra gig and bring home more money. During the holidays, plenty of retail stores are looking for extra help to keep their operation running during the busiest time of year. If that doesn’t sound like you, you can find some that let you do data entry, writing, tutoring, etc. If you’re just going to lie on the couch and watch Netflix anyway, you may as well find a way to make some extra cash while doing so. Now, you’ll have money saved to enjoy when the weather gets nicer.
Most people opt for the spring cleaning craze to come through, but cleaning during the winter months can create more time for you to enjoy the weather when it gets nicer. Since you’re cooped up inside, you may as well be productive and clean out attics, closets, basements, etc. Then, you can either decide to throw away, donate, or sell the items you find that you no longer need. Now, when everyone else is busy cleaning their home during the spring and summer months, you can be out enjoying yourself.
It’s important for every household to have a budget, and winter provides you a time to look into your financial situation and start to plan ahead. If possible, try to budget out for your year during the winter months. This will allow you to find areas where you may need to put some extra cash aside, such as an upcoming vacation or life event. During this time, it’s also a good idea for you to try and negotiate bills. Contact all your service providers and find out if there are discounts available you can qualify for, and then have these added to your account. While it may be slightly time consuming, it could be worth it if it saves you money every month.
The holidays can be crazy, and you know the upcoming spring season will be too. In order to mentally and physically prepare yourself for what’s ahead, spend some time during the winter doing nothing. Sit on the couch, watch some TV, read a book, or do whatever makes you relaxed and comfortable. This will put you in a good frame of mind for spring and summer.
If you truly want to become more organised and feel like your life isn’t moving 100 mph around you, be sure to use your time wisely. Taking advantage of the winter months can help you get ahead of certain tasks in your life and feel like you have it under control.
*This is a collaborative guest post