Winter is officially here, and there’s something about a cold day that just makes you want to hibernate. These five tips will help keep you toasty this winter without spiking your energy bill.
1. Get hygge with it
In a nutshell, hygge is a Danish term that describes a general feeling of cosiness, comfort, familiarity and wellbeing. Danes embrace hygge all year – it’s a way of life.
Hygge is all about appreciating the simple pleasures in life and the small things that bring you joy – like a scented candle, a good book and a nice blanket. So why not embrace winter and celebrate all of the ways in which you can get cosy at home? Pull out your blankets (or throws) and keep them handy in the living room. Treat yourself to your favourite candle or incense, pull on your fluffiest socks and make yourself a warming drink.
Embracing hygge may even entice you to turn down the heating and help you save some extra coin you can put towards even more homely touches.
2. Whip up some comfort food
Warming yourself from the inside out is a great excuse to whip up some winter classics. Soups, casseroles and curries are hearty favourites for a reason and are sure to be a hit with the whole family. Added bonus? not only will the scents coming out of your kitchen make your neighbours jealous (and make your house smell incredible), by preparing the dishes yourself, the residual heat generated from your oven or stove top will also help warm your home. Slow cookers are also a great option in winter as they use less energy than standard ovens.
Looking for some recipe inspo? This spicy sausage pasta will take you under an hour to whip up.
3. Heat the hub
If you live in a place that’s cold enough to run a heater, think about the areas of the house that need to be kept warm and set the space up to capture the heat. Close the doors to rooms you’re not using and, if you’re able to, install special purpose-built windows and door seals to stop the hot air escaping. If you’re on a budget, a trusty door snake will help block draughts.
4. Out with the old
Who said spring needs to be the time to get organised? With the weather so uninviting outside, take advantage of the warmth inside and use your extra time indoors to do a spring clean of your wardrobe.
Pull out any clothes that don’t fit well or you haven’t worn in a while. Be ruthless – if you don’t feel good in it, or you’re unlikely to wear it again, put it aside to donate charity. If you’re unsure about any particular items, move them to a special section of your wardrobe to see if you wear them over the next few months. If you don’t, it’s time to donate them.
This is the perfect way to free up space for any new woollens you want to invest in over winter. Plus, you’ll have the added bonus of feeling organised with your oh-so-tidy cupboard space.
5. Soak those winter blues away
If all else fails, retreat to the bathroom and run yourself a warm bath. It may not quite get you through to September, but it’ll help warm you up!