Some days it is just so cold, windy and icy that I find myself complaining about winter without even realizing what I’m doing. I realize that living in a place that has all four seasons has its benefits. Watching the seasons change is awe-inspiring, and I do enjoy winter, but that feeling usually lasts until January 2nd. Then I find myself counting down the days until spring hits.
This year I want to spend more time enjoying these winter months, and so I’ve been working on ways to improve the overall mood inside of our home. After all, inside is where the majority of our time is spent during winter. If you are finding yourself in the same place as me, wishing away the remaining winter months, take a peek at my list below and let me know which one appeals to you the most.
My hope is that they will lighten the mood in your home and encourage your soul.
12 Ways to beat the winter blues in your home.
- Start with bringing in as much light as possible. Open up all of the curtains as soon as the sun is up for the day. If possible trim back a few branches to let in even more light.
- Reflect the sunlight around the room by bringing in more mirrors. Mirrors can be pricey but this one for $50 will lighten up the room without setting you back a lot of money.
- You can take it one step further and paint your walls white, to help reflect even more sunlight. I compared some of my favorite white paints over here in this post.
- Struggling with getting up in the morning? (Who isn’t?) There are programs that will turn your lights on 30 minutes before you need to wake up. This will help trick your body into thinking it is later in the day and it will be easier to get up.
- You can also add bright and bold colors to your home to lighten the mood. Search for some great DIY art to keep the budget small, while still adding color. There are a lot of great ideas for DIY art on this post.
- Bring in the feeling of a warmer location with a citrus plant in your kitchen. This has been on my wish list for a kitchen for a long time, and I’ve read great things about this Meyer lemon plant.
- If you aren’t sure you want to grow a real plant indoor you could faux plant like this fiddle leaf fig.
- Warm up with your favorite hot drink in a cozy coffee tumbler.
- Put delicious smelling and healthy soups and stews in the slow cooker and allow them to simmer all day. It fills the home with a delicious smell while giving you a healthy and warm meal at the end of the day.
- Add a couple of extra seats to the dinner table. I know that I tend to hibernate in the house all winter long, and socializing helps to get me out of the rut and feel refreshed. Whether you are entertaining extra kids or adults, the company will change the mood in your home and mix things up.
- Play music that will encourage and uplift you throughout the house. Several months back I picked up a Bluetooth speaker that has enough power to hear the music throughout the house.
- Engage your sense of smell. Burn that favorite candle that has been sitting around. Or if you don’t love candles you can fill a diffuser with essential oils (citrus ones are my favorite for helping me feel alert and energized). Another option is stove top potpourri, which requires a large pot, fruit, and herbs.
Which one of these twelve do you think would improve the mood in your home during the winter months? We already do several of those on the list, but I’m hoping to add #2 and #10 during the remaining winter days. If you are looking for a good way to track your progress with adding some of these to your home you’ll want to check out our Home Goal Setting sheet. I’d love to hear your tips for keeping an uplifting and energized mood during the winter season.