With winter coming, it’s easy to dread the cold outdoors, and it makes you want to just snuggle up inside in the nice, warm house. There are many small ways that you can make your home inviting and bright for the winter months ahead.
Break out the afghans and throws for your couches. I have a ton of afghans since my fiance’s mother is an avid knitter and crotchet-er. Since we have so many afghans, and they are so warm and fuzzy, I’ve drug all 7 of them out of the closet and just piled them hodge podge over the couch and chair. The mis-matched afghans brighten up and cheer the room, and it’s so easy to just grab a casually draped afghan and pull it over my cold feet in the morning while I’m drinking my coffee. The cozy, snugly feel of my couch and chair makes me forget about the wind blowing and the clouds moving in while I hunker up inside, all mosty toasty. Don’t be shy about dragging out your throws and afghans. They make the cold months ahead almost inviting.
Brighten the room with candle warmers, night lights, or actual candles. I have all 3. There’s nothing like the glow of a candle to light the room, and the inviting scents of a cinnamon candle warmer melting away, cascading shapes along the wall to chase away the winter blues. Even a simple night light gives off a subtle feel of warmth during the night while the weather just gets more blistery cold outside.
Bring out crisp, fresh linen and blankets that you have extra of, and layer them on your bed. Buy a few extra pillows (you can get them for $2 at Walmart) and place random pillow cases on them and really fluff up your bed. The array of plentiful colors makes your bed a fun place to be, and it’s time to retire for the winter that light summer blanket that you’ve gotten used to. Have a throw at the bottom of the bed for snuggling in for a good book as well.
Bring in an extra lamp with a bright shade, like a soft yellow, or salmon color, or lavender. Light, bright shades can liven up otherwise dreary colors, and straying from wintry tones like navy, maroon, or dark green can bring a calming peace to your living room or bedroom with the warm lighting and calming color.
Start drinking cocoa and tea now. There’s nothing like the scent of a great chamomile, peppermint, or cinnamon apple tea in your hands to really brighten your mood and place a great scent in your home. Or simply boil cinnamon in water in the stove with some orange extract to bring a warm scent to your home.
Open your curtains to enjoy the changing colors of fall and the beginning snowflakes while you snuggle in your afghans on the couch (bring in a blanket to store behind the couch for snuggling with your honey or lounging on the floor watching movies on a lazy cold night), and just let winter happen.
Start putting stuff away. Winter is a great time to really spiff up the house and clean up a bit. It’s too cold to go anywhere, so make your home more comfortable by putting away or tossing out stuff you just don’t need. Clutter can dampen an otherwise happy, comfy mood.
Get into the spirit of winter by just making your house warm and cozy. Bring your slippers into the living room, bring in the afghans and blankets, and make your bed super cozy. Toss in a few candles and soft lighting here and there. I love my Hodge podge winter-ready house, and it’s the one place I love to be as the wind howls outside.