Whether you love it when the temperatures drop and big coats come out or you loathe having to deal with cold weather and snow, there are a few important simple pleasures that should be enjoyed around the house, and that work especially nice when it's winter. Take some time to treat yourself this season!
1. Curling up with a pet under blankets on a chilly day
When the weather outside is frightful and your favorite furry friend and some warm blankets are calling to you...don't ignore it. Take the extra time to burrow under the covers or on the sofa in front of a warm fire or a nice space heater and just enjoy a few moments of warm, snugly quiet before braving the colder temperatures.
2. Slipping into a fresh set of warm, clean sheets
It might take doing laundry more often, keeping a few extra sets of sheets around and yes, taking the time to either throw them in the dryer or warm them with a electric blanket, but nothing can really beat the feeling of slipping into a fresh set of warm, clean sheets, particularly in the winter when that cozy soft spot in your home taunts you all day!
3. Celebrating the season with decor
No matter your religious affiliation, taking the time and spending the energy to transform your home for the season in little visual ways can be important. Things as simple as seasonal bouquets instead of your regular flower picks, a wreath on the door or even just scents that remind you of the season can be used as little or as much as you want.
4. Paging through a few of those design books that stack up around the house
I'm pretty bad about collecting new design books throughout the year, stacking and arranging them artfully around my apartment, and never actually looking at them. (I admit a few are still wrapped in plastic!). Winter — when you tend to be stuck indoors sometimes — can be a perfect time to dive into those design books' pages, just enjoying the visuals or gathering inspiration for your home for next year. This tip could also apply to the novels you've been meaning to get to or the stacks of magazine back issues that have been waiting for you to read them!
5. Tending to your potted plants
Gardening tends to be an activity reserved for spring and fall months, but during winter, you can still get the joy of digging in the dirt and making green things happy by tending to your indoor plants. Making sure they're in tip-top shape and that they're in the right planter size they need. You can check to see if any cold drafts are making plants too cold, and you can protect any outdoor potted plants from freezing temperatures.