Greetings, my Thirfty Sisters, and Happy February! If you are wondering how February snuck up on all of us so fast, join the club! I have no idea where January disappeared to, but I am eagerly looking forward to the fact that spring is on its way. Old Man Winter has been easy to handle this year, but he is showing his true colors across the region this week. I hope you have your cozy clothes ready.
For those of us in the US, today is Super Bowl. While the Super Bowl parties might look a bit different this year, the one thing that I have heard from several of my friends is that today is all about the food, no matter how small the celebrations. And since the weather seems to be just right for soups, why not celebrate for many days to come with your own Soup-er Bowl party?
I am not sure how I have lived this long without knowing that PBS has a recipe tab on their web site (once again, totally late to the party!). Check out their site for all of your soup-er desires, and feel free to poke around and discover a whole new world of recipes: https://www.pbs.org/food/course/soup-and-stew/
Another thing that I have heard many people talk about is organizing and cleaning out their spaces. Often, when winter drapes the white frigid blanket across the prairie, we are stuck at home left to dig out both our snow and clutter. This past year has provided even more opportunity for folks to work on home cleaning and clearing and making improvements.
While clearing clutter seems to be a big trend right now, there are many health benefits of having a clutter free environment. Sure, it DOES take time and effort, but the satisfaction of reclaiming a space is incredibly rewarding on many levels. This article provides a quick overview of both mental health and physical health benefits of working on one’s clutter: https://makespace.com/blog/posts/5-health-benefits-of-decluttering/
And why stop there? Not only does clearing clutter provide you with mental and physical health, but one can also practice gratitude and mindfulness at the same time. Remember my challenge that I posed to you last month about finding and developing mindfulness in 2021? What if you combined your decluttering with practicing gratitude? Instead of feeling guilty about the clutter that you collected and are now “have” to clear out, one could choose to think about the immense amount of appreciation they experienced from these items that once served a purpose in their life. It is ok to move on from that time in your life and not feel guilty about it. People need to change and grow, and our interests and tastes do the same. Make room for new ventures, both physically and mentally.
And, to end today’s newsletter on a bit of a lighter side, here’s a link to several clever ways to repurpose food packaging. https://earth911.com/living-well-being/repurpose-food-packaging/ Recently, I bought this giant plastic “honey bear” shaped container full of animal crackers. Once we finished the giant honey bear, I washed it out and it now holds about 6-quart jars worth of rice. (I bought 20 pounds of rice and did not think through the storage options very well!) So now we have a rice bear, which helped free up my panty shelves. FYI, 20 pounds of rice takes a lot more quart jars than one would imagine.
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a fantastic February. Enjoy all of the future Soup-er Bowl parties, good luck cleaning out what ever clutter is creating distractions from your clear path, and continue to find humor in the strange predicaments that you might find yourself in. Seriously, 20 pounds of rice, what was I thinking? Well, at least it’s cute in a giant honey bear shaped container! Until next time, keep on keepin’ it fun and thrifty!