Take advantage of indoors time
I like to get the important, organisation things out of the way. I buy a new calendar for the kitchen, and take time to transfer birthdays to it, and other important dates such as when my car tax is due. It's time also to look at finances, so I check my budget and set savings goals. The final thing that really needs doing ('achievement' not 'enjoyment'!) is always de-cluttering and cleaning. January's great for getting a head start on the Spring cleaning, and if your budget has left you with a deficit, then a good clear out and listing items on Ebay can help to recuperate some cash. I've also taken a few bags to the charity shops, and have been getting around to clean things that normally get a bit overlooked. If I have any spare time left after all of this effort, then I plan to catch up on some sewing alterations, as the sewing pile is more of a sack. I've had some help from a good friend with some of my more ambitious projects - in the picture below we're working on a mid-century dress that was several sizes too big for me.
All of these shoes went off to the charity shop. The moral of the story: never buy cheap shoes.
The good stuff.
Book exciting things to look forward toThis one's really important, to stop the weeks going by in a grey haze of drudgery. So far for January I’ve booked a ghost walk, a Japanese tea ceremony, and I have been asked by a friend to be their date at an awards ceremony. Let's also not forget that it's Burns Night on 25th January, when there's the excuse for a wee dram and maybe some haggis and neeps if the mood takes you! January’s looking pretty good for fun stuff.
I may wear this Amanda Wakeley dress to the awards ceremony. Not much breathing room though!
A fine single malt.
Take advantage of the sales
This one does preclude a bit of forward planning (i.e. saving) so that you’re not completely spent out by Christmas, and actually have a little money stashed away to spend on treats in the sales afterwards. There's also a certain level of restraint needed, in terms of focusing on things you know you need, rather than buying yet another pair of the same brogues but in a different colour (gulp, yes, that's me...). I'm going to dedicate another post entirely to my sale purchases, as there are many to discuss, and there's an overall success rate of 50% in terms of items I've had to return.
A sale Lindybop dress that fits like a dream and was snagged for just £8.99.
An unsuccessful Tara Starlet sale purchase, you can read my review here.
So there's my January plan. Enjoy being indoors. Eat well. Plan adventures. And shop. That doesn't sound too bad after all, does it?