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10 things to do in February

Carmen Taylor

Simple suggestions for passing the shortest month of the year.

February is the shortest month, but sometimes, it can feel like the longest. The celebrations are mostly done, the visiting a thing of the past as people hibernate in their own pads. Here's how to fight those February blahs.

1 Scrub the windows
Yes, it's too cold to do the outsides, but give the insides a good hard scrub and you'll let in all the light that's there. And let's face it; at this time of year, every little bit helps.

2 Clean out your medicine cabinet
Look for stale-dated over-the-counter remedies, make-up you don't even remember buying and any bottles that are almost empty. (Toss the first two, and use up the last one.)

3 Examine your summer shoe collection
Sounds crazy, but imagining wearing them with your favourite little sundress will give you temporary respite from the winter blahs. And on a practical level, if there's a buckle that needs to be fixed or a sole that needs reinforcing, you can get it done now so you'll be ready to kick up your heels when the sun comes out for real.

4 Go through old love letters
Everyone has a shoe box full of past memories, pictures, movie ticket stubs, dried flowers... Can you think of a better time to review them? It might put a smile on your face. And if you can't stomach it, how about that box of letters from friends, birthday cards from grandma and notes from dad? There's a reason you're hanging on to them. Pour yourself a glass of wine and spend some quality time with your past.

5 Clean your desktop
Even though it's not very sexy, plan to sit down at your desk for an hour, sift through your files, purge what's irrelevant and organize the rest. Do the same with your e-mail account. Your system may run faster and even if it doesn't, you'll have a better handle on the words, pictures and music you've been holding on to.

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