March. It’s the start of spring! – The weather is starting to get better, nights are getting lighter, and there’s a general feeling of anticipation and new starts around.
Its time to shake the winter off, and get moving again!
THOUGHTS ON MARCH
January was about getting back to normal after Christmas, February was about planning and looking forward, and now March has arrived (along with some spring weather) it’s time to start getting things done!
Spring is in the air, the weather is getting warmer, and usually with this comes a sense of being able to get more done. There is just more energy when the days are longer and temperatures are higher – so it’s a great time of year to make the most of it.
THINGS TO DO IN MARCH
#1 – TACKLE YOUR TO DO LIST
It’s the perfect time, before the weather gets too good (wishful thinking I know!), to really get to grips with anything you have to do around the house.
Its time to get your TO DOs done!
If you do as much as you can this month, then when the weather gets warmer and the holidays come round, you will be able to relax a little more, safe in the knowledge that things are pretty much running OK and you are pretty much on top of things.
I like to take my TO DO list and get as much knocked off the list as I can – working with the added energy gained from the sun coming out more each day. If you too find it hard to get as motivated in the winter as its so dark and cold, then now is the time to make up for lost ground, and even get a few steps ahead – and what could be better than that!
#2 – PREP FOR EASTER
Easter is just around the corner, and with this usually comes some family time, some school holidays, and an increased shopping list (eggs, cards etc…) – so it’s worth prepping as much as you can as early as possible to save stress nearer the time.
Think about where you will be spending Easter, whether you want to invite anyone to yours, or whether you are having a quiet time at home.
Are there any church services you want to go to? Ensure you know the times etc….
What about cards? Do you send them at this time of year? writing one or two a day will get everything done without any stress.
Buying eggs needs to also be budgeted for, along with planning how you will be delivering the eggs to people (very difficult to post!)
And lastly – how will you keep the kids entertained over the holidays? Planning in some play dates, some activities and some stay at home days will make the holidays run much more smoothly.
#3 – SEASONAL CLOTHES SWAP
As the weather is changing, it’s time to look at sorting out your clothes.
If you don’t have all your clothes out year round, then it’s worth looking at bringing out your spring/summer clothes and storing some of your autumn/winter items (coats and boots as well) away.
While you are looking through everything ensure that whatever you pack away is clean, doesn’t require mending etc…. (if it does, get it done first), and is packed away properly.
You may also want to look at decluttering any clothes you don’t want for next autumn/winter – and see what can be taken to charity (children won’t fit into their winter clothes next year for instance).
#4 – DE-COSY YOUR HOME
Last but not least this month take a walk around your home and start to freshen things up for the spring.
By this I mean that excess blankets/cushions/throws that were oh so cosy throughout the winter months are now surplus to requirements and so could be stored away for next year.
This will lighten up the house, and give you a bit of a new look for very little effort.
If you want to go a step further, think about giving your home a fresh spring look. I like to decorate in neutrals over the main surfaces (walls and floors), and then I can change the look easily with curtains, cushions etc…. – you can use softer curtains or voiles for the spring/summer, and update your colour scheme to bring a touch of the spring inside.
And, of course, flowers make a massive difference at this time of year!
OTHER THINGS TO LOOK AT IN MARCH
- Mothers day – if you are a mum try and get a little down time at some point, and treat yourself – even if it’s just a nice coffee and a magazine that you don’t feel guilty about. Also, make sure you remember your own mums as well!
- Lent usually finishes in March (or early April) so congratulate yourself if you have managed to give something up for the 40 days and 40 nights
- Start booking in some social nights with friends for upcoming weekends – make the most of your time as times flies if you don’t get it sorted in advance.
- Birthstone = Bloodstone
- Flower = Jonquil
- The word March comes from the word ‘Mars‘ – who was the roman god of war
- Until the mid 1700’s March was the first month of the year!
- St Davids Day (Welsh Patron Saint) and St Patricks Day (Irish Patron Saint) are both in March
- Zodiac Signs – Pisces February 19th to March 20th and Aries March 21st to April 19th
If you are like me and love to write lists at any opportunity, then you’ll be pleased to here that I have got a free printable for all months of the year that you can grab. March looks like this: –
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It’s available in the OMH Printables Library – the place where all free printables from the site are kept. Simply enter your email to become a member and get instant access. Hope you enjoy!
Getting on top of things this month will really set up the rest of the year, and allow the summer months to be a little more relaxed.
Tackle your TO DOs, Plan Easter, Change your clothes over, and de-cosy the house – and you will be well on the way to a fantastic Spring!