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10 affordable ways to stay warm & rosy this winter

Staying snug during winter doesn't have to break the bank. With these 10 wallet-friendly tips, you can create an inviting atmosphere at home that will keep you feeling cosy and comfortable all season long.

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1. Insulate, insulate, insulate

Thick curtains work wonders in keeping the cold air out, and the warm air in, but 10-20% of your home's heat also escapes through the floor. Wool rugs will help insulate your rooms and feel ultra-luxurious underfoot. If you notice any drafts sneaking in under doors, block them with a doorstop or simply use rolled-up towels.
 

2. Prioritise restful sleep 

With the right bedding, you can create a haven for restful sleep, ensuring you wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready to embrace the day ahead. Opt for a comfortable mattress that provides proper support and insulation, then add electric blankets or wool blankets, flannel sheets, and down quilts that trap heat effectively. Check out our blog post on how to make your bed warmer and cosier to get tips on layering your bed from bottom up. 

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3. Embrace comfort foods

Nothing beats the feeling of warming up from the inside out. Grab your slow cooker and cast iron cookware and whip up comforting meals like soups and stews to nourish your body and soul. And, if you're doing a roast, once you're done cooking, leave your oven door open to allow all that lovely warm air to circulate your living and dining area. 
 

4. Stay hydrated 

Don't forget to fill up your water bottle! Staying hydrated through winter can boost your immune system and give your body the support it needs to fight infection, so aim for around eight glasses a day. For extra antioxidants, use a juicer to make yourself a yummy apple and ginger blend.

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5. Make the most of mood-boosting lighting

The right lighting can transform any space. Choose warm-toned light bulbs to create a cosy ambience and strategically place floor lamps and table lamps to create pools of soft light - ideal for renters who can't change up their ceiling and wall lights.

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6. Create a cosy nook

Designate a corner or nook where you can retreat and unwind. Arrange a comfortable armchair, add a thick blanket, and place a small side table nearby for your favourite book or a warm cup of tea
 

7. Harness the power of scent

Embrace mood-boosting aromas by burning candles or essential oils with comforting fragrances like vanilla, cinnamon and cedarwood. A diffuser is a great mess-free option that you can easily move from room to room.

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8. Layer up

Textiles play a crucial role in creating a homely atmosphere all year round, but when winter kicks in, trade light linens for faux fur throws and chunky knit blankets that work hard to combat the chill.
 

9. Get active

We know regular workouts improve overall well-being, and with a few pieces of exercise equipment, you won't even have to leave the house to get moving and stay warm through winter. 
 

10. Work with the weather

Energy prices may be rising, but sunlight doesn't cost you a dime, so be sure to open your curtains or blinds during the day to let the natural source of heat warm your home.
Natalie Mell 09 July, 2023

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