Today, I want to share with you 8 simple winter decorating tips that will help you create a cozy feeling in your home all season long.
If your household runs anything like ours you can probably relate to the fact that the first week of January seems to be dedicated to getting back into the swing of things. You’re taking down all the Christmas decorations, prepping the kids for school, grocery shopping, exercising, catching up on laundry, filling out your planners and your goals list too.
In the second week of January, the Christmas decorations actually make it up into the attic (no judging he he), you’re reacquainting your family with morning and nightly routines, you’ve got the menu planning down pat, the daily chores handled like a boss and it feels like things are getting back on track.
By the third week, you look around at your house and maybe you have two thoughts…
“Should I be organizing? It’s January after all!”
and the other might be…
“The house feels empty now that the Christmas decorations are all gone and it’s a total bummer.”
We can definitely relate and have seen a lot of people talking about this same subject on social media too. This is the first year we’ve taken a more relaxed approached to organizing in the first two weeks of January based solely on the fact we fully intend to celebrate each season and wanted to prepare our home to welcome winter. I’m excited to say the change has been fantastic!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you’re transitioning your holiday décor to winter décor with 8 simple tips that will have you feeling cozy in no time…
Tip #1: Put Away Anything That Has Pops of Red in It or Looks Christmas-y
We used a lot of red in our home for Christmas this year which made knowing what to take down in January so much easier. Our very first step was to take down anything that had red in it. I know some of you might decorate with red on a regular basis so taking down holiday decorations for you might be putting away your collection of Santas or your Nativity.
Tip #2: As You’re Putting Away Holiday Items, Take Note of What Needs to be Decluttered or Donated
Decluttering is honestly one of THE easiest ways to create a warm and welcoming home any time of the year. I know it can be overwhelming at times, but it is definitely worth the effort. We always leave a donate box by the front door, so we’ll have it at the ready while we’re packing up holiday décor. It’s a simple way to take care of two things at once.
Tip #3: Embrace a Neutral or Calmer Color Palette
A neutral color palette doesn’t just include white. It has soft grays, warm camels, creamy whites, blush tones, and gorgeous blacks. If you love color, consider using a more muted color palette with soft silvers or French blues.
Tip #4: Pile on the Texture
Winter is the season for rest and snuggling up! Layer your home with lots of texture like cable knits, chunky knits, cashmere, or faux fur. Adding textured pillows and blankets is an easy and inexpensive way to create another layer of cozy.
Tip #5: Use the Fireplace or Light Candles
We used the fireplace at the cabin every day we were there. It’s a gas fireplace with a remote so every morning I would drink coffee and have some quiet time by the fire and it felt like the biggest luxury. Our wood burning fireplace at home takes a bit more work, but it still provides that same relaxing feeling.
If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t sweat it! Lighting your favorite candles will still bring a sense of warmth into your home.
Tip #6: Add Touches of Nature
This is another tip that can make your home feel cozy all year long. In the winter you can decorate with cedar, holly, pine swags, pinecones, paperwhites, amaryllis, ornamental kale, dusty miller, roses, pansies, or use greenery from a big box store.
Tip #7: Create a Hot Drink Station
There’s nothing like starting your day or coming in from a cold day to find hot coffee, tea or cocoa at the ready. Creating a hot drink station doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just use generous mugs, your favorite flavored coffees, teas and cocoas, special syrups, spice shakers, marshmallows and of course cookies.
Tip #8: Use a Simmer Pot to Make Your Home Smell Amazing
Simmer pots are one of the easiest ways to make your home smell amazing and they are super simple to put together. There are a lot of winter ingredients at the grocery store you use right now from citrus to pomegranates, cranberries to rosemary, to cinnamon and cloves if your farmers market is closed for the winter.
After a busy holiday season, we’re ready to embrace a slower pace, lazy nights by the fire, snuggling up under a warm blanket to read books, having a cup of hot cocoa piled high with marshmallows or relaxing with popcorn and a movie.
Spring will be here before we know it and while we’re ready for slightly warmer weather, we plan to savor every last bit of winter that’s left.
We hope you’ll fully embrace and enjoy this cozy season of rest too.
See you guys back here tomorrow. Is decluttering and organizing the kitchen, pantry and refrigerator on your goals list this year? We have you covered with simple ideas you can implement in minutes. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.