Some days are worth spending inside. When you’ve got time to spend in your home, but want to avoid turning on the heat here are a few ways to avoid turning on the heat:
– Put on a sweater, socks, hat and fingerless gloves. Yep, if you run cold like I tend to, layer up while at home. I used to peel off my extra layers as soon as I got home. Off came my socks, sweater, jacket and hat. Now, I just change my layers to more casual ones: wool hoodie instead of cashmere pullover, comfy socks instead of wool dress socks.
– Do the dishes by hand: Living in San Francisco comes with some compromises, including not having a dishwasher in our kitchen. I used to loathe hand-washing all of my dishes, but now that the temperatures have dropped I look forward to running the warm water over my hands.
– Cover up: find a stylish and cozy blanket to keep on your couch. Keeping it nearby and readily available will encourage you to use it.
– Take a hot shower or bath.
– Watch a movie or browse photos of warm locales. Read a book set in Mexico.
– Eat warming or spicy foods.
– Knit something beautiful out of wool or cashmere: it will keep your hands busy and warm, and as your projects progresses it will cover your lap to keep you warm as well.
– Head to bed early. In the winter the sun sets early, daylight is short. Heading to bed, often the warmest place in the house, is a great way to stay warm.