We’re in the dead of winter in many parts of the country, and you may find that you’re spending a lot more time inside than you do during the warmer months of the year.
There are a few small steps you can take to ensure that your home is a warm, cozy place to return to when you come in from the cold or a place to snuggle up and watch snow fall outside.
Blankets and Bedding
If you haven’t already done so this winter, consider changing out your sheets for warmer, flannel versions and swap a lighter comforter for a heavier one. This is a great way to stay warm during the night without turning up your thermostat.
Speaking of staying warm, make sure you have a big, soft blanket on hand for wherever you read or watch TV. Again, you can get that cozy feeling without raising the temperature in your home and spending more money in the process.
It’s not too late to have your furnace and/or fireplace serviced — there are still at least six more weeks of winter weather in store for many parts of the country!
This is one of those areas where a little prevention can go a long way. You do not want to find yourself without heat when cold temperatures hit, and you’ll be paying extra for emergency on-call service.
While you’re at it, schedule an air conditioning check for spring and another heating check next fall so they’re on your calendar.
Cold weather and long periods of time in the house are the perfect setting to make recipes you wouldn’t have time to otherwise. Soups, casseroles, and other long-cooking dishes are hearty and satisfying when it’s cold outside.
Winter is also a great time to experiment with new baking ideas in your kitchen, especially with Valentine’s Day around the corner. Having something to focus on in the kitchen might help take your mind off of the fact that it’s cold and dreary outside.