Tackle it Tuesday #141 — Attacking February

by JenaW

This week our new resident tackler, Jena Webber, is posting a great February tackle.

Jena, also known as the organizing mommy, blogs at Organized Everyday.

As resident tackler, Jena will host Tackle It Tuesday each week, once a month posting her own personal tackles and the other weeks of the month posting your GUEST tackles. So make sure you submit your guest tackles to be featured here at 5M4M. You can write Jena at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com.

Remember, you too can be a guest tackler at 5M4M. Just email us at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com. Send me a tackle with links (link address in parentheses) and photos. Add a description and photo of yourself too! Remember, we are here to promote your site!

Let’s face it, February can draaaaaggggggg on! I’m hearing all over the blogosphere that people have a lot of snow and bad weather, and spring is a few months away.

So, I have a few suggestions to help us tackle that shortest longest month of the year!

1. Get outside whenever the sun is shining, even if it’s cold. I know it’s hard to bundle up and get out there. Fresh air is good for us, even if it’s cold fresh air.

2. Plan something fun with an old friend. The crazy one is me. The normal one is my friend, Kathy. Between us, we have 11 children. What could be crazier than that??

3. Speaking of crazy, wear bright, happy colors. Put away the blacks, browns and greys. Time to get out the reds, oranges, and pinks! Throw some color into your life. Buy a cool throw pillow for the couch, or better yet, make one!

4. Clean up the house! You don’t have to dust in the corners to spiff it up a little. Set the timer for an hour and blitz it. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in one hour. Light some candles, put on some music and dance around with your babies in the clean space.

No resemblance to her mother! GAH!!!

5. Read about someone who is less fortunate than you are. Currently I am reading: Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand. Wow! He was imprisoned and tortured, and he lived to tell about it. His organization is called Voice of the Martyrs. Any of those books will change and encourage your heart!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done. (It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…

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1 Maddy February 3, 2009 at 12:11 am

Great tackle in the middle of this miserable weather that everybody [else!] is suffering.

I’m certainly keen on all that colour, and they say that it does affect your mood so maybe I’ll put my black ‘uniform’ in the wash and dig out something more cheerful.


2 The Happy Housewife February 3, 2009 at 12:14 am

Great tackle! I can get the winter blahs! Thanks for giving some great suggestions on how to make it through the next few months!


3 Lisa February 3, 2009 at 12:16 am

Great ideas for the long winter months! We get the Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and I recently read a biography of Watchman Nee. Very inspiring!

My tackle this week was doing paper crafts with the kids.


4 kerry February 3, 2009 at 12:27 am

i’ve never considered tackling a month before.

i definitely had the january blahs…hopefully february will be better.

great tips!


5 Colleen - Mommy Always Wins February 3, 2009 at 1:08 am

I *MUST* take you up on the “get outside” suggestion. But its just been so blasted COLD here in WI! One of these days we’ll be in the 30s and I’ll take the boys out for a walk! (oooh – balmy!)


6 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls February 3, 2009 at 3:16 am

February is always such a hard month to get through. Good ideas!


7 Upstatemomof3 February 3, 2009 at 5:02 am

All great ideas for how to deal with the winter. We need a tackle it on how to get bundled up. Hmmm…. maybe next week.


8 L2L February 3, 2009 at 5:40 am

Sorry guys but the weather is wonderful here on the sunny island of Okinawa!!! We are enjoying being able to go out and play without getting roasted by the hot, hot sun!!!!


9 Faith February 3, 2009 at 7:46 am

Those are great tips! I’m not a fan of the winter so February DRAGS on for me too.


10 Lynne February 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

When we lived up north I would make a point of walking around my flower beds (even in the snow) looking for that first sign of a crocus popping up. That was always a welcome sight and let me know warmer temps were right around the corner.

Happy tackling!


11 susieshomemade February 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

What a great and uplifting tackle! I needed that today. I woke up to another morning of snow:-(


12 Erica February 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

It’s snowing here today in Maryland. Perfect day for a tackle. Have a great week.


13 Alisha February 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Thanks for the great tips on beating the blahs in February. Love the add color to your life tip.


14 Tanya February 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Great ideas! The way I get through February is by hosting a Valentine’s Day Tea for my lady friends. All that planning and celebrating helps to make time fly! :)


15 The Gang's All Here! February 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Great ideas for these long winter days. Today’s “tackle” is that I’ve declared February is the New January for The Gang’s house. I’m giving myself a “do-over” basically!


16 Krisi February 4, 2009 at 3:28 am

Thanks for the great ideas for tackling February!


17 Kelli February 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Tackling reorganizing closets for upcoming baby!


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