I hope these ideas inspire you to make winter a magical time of year. As a homemaker, you have the power to do just that!
How do you create a cozy home in the winter months? I think besides the obvious – a warm fire, a cozy blanket, and a good book – that’s going to look different for everyone! Luckily, there are a few key things we can all agree on that make a home cozy during the holiday season.
I hope these ideas inspire you to create a beautiful home this year!
Creating a Cozy Home
When you think of creating a cozy home, think of the things that inspire you! Is it the white lights that sparkle from a well-lit Christmas tree? Or the bright red bows that adorn a sleigh? Or maybe it’s the colors that come with a modern Christmas, like the trends we see float through the decor aisle each year.
Here are a few ways you can capitalize on those very things.
While design trends can change from time to time, some of the same elements remain the same.
Throw pillows and natural elements like dried flowers or dried flower wreaths are both simple (and cheap) ways to decorate your home on a budget. Add in a few throw blankets that are rich reds, copper, or mustard yellow and your environment is going to be that much more inviting.
Of course, a simple wreath will also do! And don’t underestimate the power of natural light. Draw back your curtains and let that light shine!
Embrace Seasonal Decor
Is there anything more cheerful than big red bows that signal Christmas is on its way?
If you aren’t a fan of decking the halls before Thanksgiving, Autumn is rife with beautiful colors. Stay away from the traditional winter pine garland. Instead, sub in a maple leaf fall garland.
Pumpkins and other gourds also make fun, seasonal decor options. And don’t forget other natural elements, like wood, corn stalks, and hay!
The way autumn almost brings the sunset to earth is a surefire way to chase away the winter blues!
Fresh greenery is the perfect way to achieve a winter look. Consider live Christmas trees this year! While they do take a little more care, they’re a great way to bring life to your home while you wait for Spring.
Embrace the Slow Season
The long, summer days are perfect for enjoying time outside. But a cold rainy day come October is the perfect excuse to complete some craft projects.
While it may seem like you’re forced to embrace a slower season now that winter is here, I encourage you to embrace it!
Besides craft projects, you can also go through your winter gear and make additions where necessary. Or you could test a delicious recipe you’ve been wanting to try! As the colder months approach and the days grow shorter, be looking for purposeful ways you can spend time inside.
I prefer paper crafts. So during the winter, I like to catch up on making my scrapbooks! If you aren’t a fan of scrapbooks, you can try your hand at a knitted scarf or sewing your pillow covers.
Did you know a cup of pumpkin has more than 100 percent of your daily necessary amount of vitamin C? If you want to eat seasonally but also keep well, pumpkin is an incredible place to start!
Cooking seasonally is also a great way to get out of the supermarket and into a farmer’s market.
Prioritize spending time with family
When we look forward to spending time with family, we start to think about how we can make our time together the best. And as a seasoned homemaker, that isn’t hard to do!
I know what my family loves and what makes them the most comfortable. And I’m so fortunate that I’m able to provide that for them!
You can do the same thing with your family. So instead of planning an outing or an activity, think of other ways your family can enjoy that quality time together. Are there snacks they like? Are there questions you can have on hand to stimulate conversation? Is there a picture you can take to remember the activity?
Is there an activity you and your family like to complete regularly? If you’re scratching your head looking for ideas, check out my Seasonal Homemaking Activities ebook! For $5 you get 350 craft and cleaning activities to get you through every season!
Invest in friendships
When everyone is retreating into their homes because it’s cold outside, let them retreat into yours!
We love hosting our friends for hearty stews and game nights.
Other winter home activities
Cozy Homes on a Budget
We all can be guilty of fawning over someone’s Pinterest board. But don’t let jealousy steal your joy this season! Here are a few tips for creating a cozy home on a budget.
Shop around at thrift stores
When everyone is doing their decorating this time of year, you may be surprised to find that they’re donating decor! Shop around at thrift stores first to see if you can score your holiday decor for a few cents on the dollar.
Shop out of season
Our favorite time to buy children’s toys is during the after-Christmas sales. We keep our eyes peeled for things our children may grow into, and if we find it for 70 percent off, we hide it away until they’re ready for it!
Make the decor yourself
Both of the Christmas garlands that decorate my home each year I made myself. When I realized the garland I wanted was going to be $70 per 6-foot strand, but I could make an identical garland for $20 a strand, I couldn’t pass up that savings!
If you’re looking to create your holiday garland, here are a few products similar to what I have in my home. I use faux, pine garland that I embellish with pine cones and holly berries secured with floral wire.
The same can be said for holiday decor. Peruse your after-holiday sales, or even check in during the off-season.
Declutter, downsize, clean
There is no better time to take on a deep cleaning than when you’re trying to stay inside, anyway. And it doesn’t have to be reserved for spring alone!
Is there something in your home that could be donated, or simply moved to a more functional space? Take a look around and see how you can breathe new life into your home!