Your home is your primary protection against the winter weather, especially the cold. But apart from that, it’s your sanctuary, too. Here’s everything you need to effectively turn your home into a cosy winter sanctuary:
Nothing spells warmth more than a nice, snuggly blanket. Before the frost hits, make sure you stock up on the best kinds. They don’t need to be expensive; woolen and woven types tend to be the best. Make sure you choose the right size, too, depending on where you’re going to use it.
Once it starts getting darker, earlier, it can affect your family’s mood and overall wellbeing. Start installing ambient lights that can give your home a warmer, more comforting glow. Layers of good lighting can also make your home look and feel more welcoming.
This can range from potpourris you can hang in the kitchen and in the bedroom or scented candles you can light in the morning or night. You’ll be surprised at the difference scents you can make in your home. Choosing the right scent can also get you in the mood for Christmas.
Even the best homes can get cold sometimes. A nice set of scarves, socks, jumpers, and bottoms can keep you warm at home. If you’re heading out, make sure you’re wearing winter boots and a coat.
Books, magazines, and board games
These will keep you and your family occupied when there is nothing on the TV. Stock up on some of your favourite classics. Goodreads has a selection of winter must-reads that you can curl up in bed with. Board games are also a great way to keep the kids entertained during the holidays .
Take it from the Business Insider’s list of the most practical things you need for winter, which includes kitchen essentials like a good kettle and a slow cooker. You also need to make sure you have canned food and ready-meals in case the weather gets too harsh to go out food shopping.
Candles and flashlights
Keep plenty of matches and extra batteries, too. These will come in handy in the event of a power outage. You can also purchase rechargeable lamps and night lights. These are much safer to use than candles, especially if you have kids and pets.
It’s probably the first thing you’d think of getting, but it’s also often forgotten when you’re at the store. You can get a good one for as low as £13.
You’re mobile phones and gadgets would be pretty useless without a power supply so make sure you get one or two of the heavy-duty kind for the entire family.
A good heating source
If you don’t have one yet, it’s best to invest in a good fireplace. A fireplace not only provides your living room with a nice source of heat, but it’s also a great way to add a cosy feel to a room. Choose one that has switch controls, which will make it easier to operate – and safer, too. Mind the fireplace’s heat efficiency, too. Energy-efficient ones shouldn’t consume too much of your home’s heating bill. A list of fireplace and stoves on Screwfix details how heat efficiency can range from 50% to 100%. Your fireplace should be able to convert the energy into useful heat at around 75% or more, to make it efficient. Adding insulation around your home and installing some new windows can also make your house more energy-efficient.
Apart from these basic and practical things, make sure you also do some home maintenance. Clean your gutters to prevent any water getting in your basement. Repair any broken joints or any cracks in your driveway, too.
When winter is finally over, you can put away the wool and the knitted sweaters and start getting key items for spring that can make your home more relaxing. Title Sussex already made a rundown of 20 things your home will be thankful for come spring.