Well. The Christmas tree is finally down and I’ve managed to pack just about all of our decorations up for the year, and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself. The house feels a bit empty and lackluster without the ornaments and lights on every corner, but I’m also not ready to whip out my spring flowers and pastels quite yet. So to get myself out of the mid-winter funk, I’ve decided to put together some tips on how to survive the season.
1. Give your house a winter refresh
One of my favorite things to do after Christmas is give the house a good detox and scrub the floors, change the sheets, and reorganize my closet and drawers. It takes some extra time, but it’s a good way to avoid getting sick and make your house feel happy and clean. I also make sure to use my favorite cleaning products, which are Mrs. Meyer’s lemon verbena cleaners. They’re organic, smell fresh, and the all-purpose cleaner can go from kitchen to bathroom easily.
2. Invest in a good hot water bottle heater
I’m completely serious about this, hot water bottle heaters are a GAME CHANGER. Olivier bought one for me while visiting London that has a lovely felt cover and I use it nearly every night in the winter to warm my feet. All you do is fill it up with warm water and slide it under your covers. You can also find them for under $10 at Amazon, so they’re pretty afforadable. Trust me with this – it’ll make your winter nights much more tolerable.
3. Load up on flowers
I always, always, always keep fresh flowers around the house. And when I say “flowers”, I use that term loosely. I’ll frequently grab a $2 bunch of eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s or some cheap wildflowers in the $3 bin and dress them up at home. You don’t have to go crazy or spent a lot of money. You just need a pretty vase and a fresh something. It’s always best to have something green and happy in your home to remind you that warmer days are to come.
4. Stop fighting the weather
If you find yourself going crazy from cabin fever, get outside. And while we’re at it, make that walk one to remember- grab a thermos and fill it with hot cocoa or a good cup of coffee. It’ll keep you warm and comfortable and add a little bit of hygge to your outing. It’s also a great way to stave off sluggishness and keep yourself healthy.
5. Dress to impress
One of my all time favorite quotes is, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” I think it holds especially true in the colder months, where wearing the right clothing can make or break you. For example, I realized this past winter that I wasn’t getting outside as much because my pea coat wasn’t warm enough and I would get uncomfortable trying to layer appropriately. I’d either get cabin fever from being stuck inside all day or I’d try to venture out and freeze my ass off. So for Christmas, I finally got what is now my favorite wardrobe staple- my L.L Bean Baxter State Parka. This coat is no joke- it’s stuffed with down and waterproofed so I can go for walks in any cold weather that comes. Invest one or two pieces of winter clothing that will keep you warm and comfortable- it’ll be worth it in the long haul.
6. Cook Accordingly
Okay, I know everyone is out at the stores buying milk and bread here in the South, but the truth is, those are the first two things that will spoil on you if you lose power in a snow storm. Opt for canned items instead and make a nice batch of chili or go even further and cook up some hearty pasties. And if you need some veggies in your life? Try making a winter soup with beans and kale and eliminate the sausage for a vegetarian twist.
What are your favorite winter tips? How do you survive the season?