With several months of winter still ahead of us, knowing how to stay warm is a must. Living in the Northeast, I’ve been through my fair share of chilly winters. In fact, we’ve already seen temperatures below zero this year. Because winter is unavoidable, I thought I’d share five tips to keep your home cozy throughout this chilly season.
Tips for a Cozy Home:
This post is sponsored by Honeywell. As always all opinions are my own.
For this post I’m teaming up with my friends at Honeywell who sent me their new Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat to test out and keep my home temperatures just right this winter. (Apparently, they are tired of me complaining about the snow.)
The Lyric T5 is so much more than a thermostat. It’s the ability to have a comfortable, connected home no matter the season, schedule, or location. So cool, right?
Now, let me walk you through those tips for staying warm this winter.
Ideas for a Cozy Home:
1. Add Seasonal Blankets
During this time of year I can’t get enough blankets. Even if you’re not using all of them, there’s something comforting about having them nearby. In the winter, I recommend faux fur, cable knit, tweed, or quilted for the ultimate in coziness. Drape one over the back of your sofa, add another to a chair, or tuck a few more in a basket in the corner.
Speaking of textiles, adding area rugs (small or large) to places like the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom will likewise keep your feet a bit toastier on cold days.
2. Set the Temperature
Having a thermostat that works with and for you, especially during the winter months, is key. Thanks to my friends at Honeywell, I recently updated to their Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat. I’m loving it. Not only can I create a schedule to regulate my heating (and cooling) needs, but I can adjust the temperature with the touch of my finger using the Lyric APP.
I can even use a voice-controlled device like the Echo, to change the temperate without lifting a finger. Turning up the heat without having to leave the comfort of your couch might be the best thing ever. Now I just need a device that will refill my wine glass.
If you’re looking to upgrade your thermostat, you can read more about the Lyric T5 and all its great features here.
3. Light a Fire / Candle
There’s something about the glow of a flame that makes things seem warmer and, depending on the size of that flame, it might actually be warmer, too. If you have one, light your fireplace for the ultimate glow and warmth. If you don’t have the luxury of a fireplace, candles can give the illusion of one.
Although I have a fireplace, mine’s not functioning. To compensate, I drilled holes in logs and filled them with tea lights. While I don’t get much heat (obviously), I do get the comfort of a flickering flame.
4. Keep the Twinkle Lights
Right now, thanks to the holiday season, our homes are decked out with lots of things to make us feel comfy-cozy. However, come January, when all the sparkle comes down, things are likely to feel a little less inviting. While it’s nice to be rid of some of the “clutter,” it’s hard not to miss the warmth and magic of twinkle lights. If you feel the same, you have my permission to leave a strand or two up.
I don’t take the larger bulbs hanging across my mantel down until March. The glow they give my living room during January and February is just enough to keep the space feeling cozy without making it look like I forgot to put away some of my holiday decor.
5. From the Inside Out
I could not put together a list about being cozy at home without including food. Now, I know that January is the time to shed those holiday pounds, but you can still do that while warming up from the inside out. Things like my White Chicken Chili or One Pan Chicken Apple Sausage Pasta are great options.
You could even celebrate on the weekend with an Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy. Comfort foods can keep you feeling cozy in your home during the winter months. While you may not love the winter (I don’t blame you.), I hope these simple ideas will help you to enjoy it a bit more and stay warm while doing so.
Now grab a blanket, turn up the heat, and enjoy a bowl of chili. That’s what I’m going to do in my cozy home!