It’s official, winter has begun. The temperature has been negative all week and when you add in the windchill it’s not even worth heading outside. This time of year, I find us hunkering down inside our homes. But while we’re all hibernating in our homes we tend to entertain more. This time of year I like to refresh our home to help make it cozier and keep the warm air in while keeping the cold air out. CORT has some great ideas on How to Winterize Your Home with Seasonal Decor. Here are a few of the ways I winterize our home –
Door Draft Stoppers
In the summer it’s all about keeping our doors open to let the fresh air flow through. In the winter it’s about winterizing our doors to keep the cold air out. A fun and festive way to do this is by using decorative door draft stoppers. You can also use a long stuffed animal or make your own with a knee-high sock. To make your own, take the sock and fill it with a dense material like rice or foam that is hard for the cold air to get through. Sew the open side closed and place in front of the door. That’s it. The cold air should stay out and the warm air will stay in.
Another way to keep the cold air from pouring in is to invest in some heavy curtains. If you’re in an older home you may want to invest in some plastic and cover the windows. Then use the curtains to cover it up so that it does not distract from the beauty of your home. I like to use heavier curtains in the winter because it keeps the drafts from coming in, especially when you’re sitting next to a window. Have you ever sat down and then felt the cold air come over your arm? Also, keeping the curtains drawn will help keep the warm in. If you have a home with lots of sun exposure open the curtains during the day and close them when the sun goes down. The extra sunlight will help heat the home and closing the curtains when the sun goes down will help keep the heat in.
This time of year I love to snuggle under a blanket or throw. So I like to keep a few throughout the house so that whenever someone is sitting down there’s one within arms reach. I keep a few on our footstool and then drape them over the back of chairs and couches. There’s nothing like snuggling under a warm blanket while watching a movie on a cold winter day.
There are so many adjustments you can make to your home to help make it warmer without sacrificing the beauty of it. Sometimes you just need to get a little creative! What are some of your favorite ways to winterize your home?