During December, chances are you will be spending a lot of time at home. If you’re lucky you’ll be off work for a week or two, you’ll have visits from friends and family and generally be enjoying the festive period at home. So getting it as cosy, warm and inviting as possible is crucial! When the weather outside is frightful (as per the song) here’s how you can make your home cosy for Christmas.
Clean, Tidy and Declutter
At Christmas there will be lots of new things coming into the home, in the form of gifts. So it makes sense to get rid of the old to make way for the new, so spending a day decluttering is worthwhile. Go through drawers and wardrobes getting rid of old clothes, you could donate to charity or homeless shelters who will be appreciative of these things especially at this time of year. Get rid of old kids toys, books and things they no longer use. Give your house a deep clean, that way it stays visitor ready and you will stay organised over the festive period.
Keep It Warm
The weather really has cooled down now, many places have already had some December snow and it’s certainly been a chilly month. So keeping warm inside is key, and will help bring that cosy festive feel. Make sure your central heating is working correctly, you could also pile on snuggly throws and blankets and big cushions onto beds and sofas. Consider buying thicker curtains for the autumn and winter too as not only will they block out harsh winter light when you’re trying to watch Christmas movies during the day but they will block drafts too. You could purchase some Rasmussen gas logs & grills for your patio or outdoor heaters too, and sit outside on a clear dry winter’s day. These would be great for keeping everyone warm if you’re having fireworks on new year’s eve!
Set The Ambience
The Christmas spirit isn’t just decorations you can see and tasty foods you can eat! It’s about appealing to all of the senses. Scents evoke powerful memories and emotions, and so they’re an excellent way to make your home feel extra cosy and festive. The smell of home baking at Christmas is always amazing. But even if you’re not doing any baking yourself you can make it feel like you are with scents like gingerbread and cinnamon. Make a Christmas playlist and have this playing on low in the home too for a really festive feel. If you have a smart speaker like an Amazon Echo, ask it to play Christmas music and you’ll have hours of it playing without having to mess around with CDs or clicking through songs on Youtube. Lighting is another important thing to get right when it comes to the ambience, if you buy smart bulbs you can adjust the brightness of each lamp or light using an app to tailor the light perfectly to what you’re doing.