In winter, home is both our sanctuary, and our shelter. This is the season we spend most of our time indoors and so it makes sense to re-evaluate our space and our home life rituals to make sure they’re working as best as possible for our family during the shorter, darker days.
I start by working out what I want for our home and home life and work back from there to make small changes and tweaks to help me achieve that. This year I wanted our space to instil peace, feel homely and provide comfort, as well as practically meeting our needs each day.
For me this means:
- Getting organised in the kitchen – a little bit of meal planning goes along way in winter when it’s harder to cook spontaneous dishes and you’ll want warming, wholesome meals on the table at the end of each day. I try to include soups, stews and casseroles with simple suppers like baked potato, noodle broths or winter salads
- Clearing out my wardrobe. I take anything I no longer wear to the charity shop, bag or box up my summer clothes and rearrange the items left so it’s easy to find what I want – knits one end of the rail, jeans the other for example
- Having a rearrange of the coats, shoes and outdoor ‘kit’ – warm layers, rain boots, waterproof overalls, hats and scarves are within reach when we want to get out without having to dig around at the back of the cupboard for things
- Scattering blankets and throws in the living room for chillier afternoons and nights to avoid having to pump up the central heating too high
- Diffusing comforting blends of oils that make our home feel snug and peaceful. I love oils like orange and eucalyptus at this time of year or my favourite blend Peace & Calming
- Arranging candles about the place to make things cosy when darkness falls. I rolled my own beeswax candles a few weeks ago which was such a lovely job in itself and has provided us with plenty of low cost candle light. I love beeswax candles because they purify and clean the air when lit as well as acting as a source of light
- Putting houseplants, dried flowers, herbs or collected seed pods the kids have found on autumn walks in every room – because nature in the home is so important, especially when the garden is sleeping and fresh blooms are absent
- Creating a practical space for the laundry to hang during the months when it’s too wet and cold to air in the garden – I know this sounds like a boring point but giving it a home stops it from gathering up everywhere in every corner
- Working out which toys best suit cosy afternoons indoors and making sure they’re ready to reach in the toy basket, putting other toys aside for the warmer months. We love the train set, jigsaw puzzles, painting and crafts, role play games, building bricks, cars and wooden blocks
- Creating time each day to sit with the children and read stories – I do this all year round but in the winter I find there is more temptation to just switch cartoons on when boredom sets in so making more structured time for reading and crafts is a great alternative
- Drying fresh garden herbs to snip into dishes over the coming months. I normally do this at the end of summer but it’s been mild enough this year that my garden herbs are only now starting to die down. I was given a herb hanger for Christmas which I hope to put to good use soon
- Putting our quilts on the beds to keep toes warm at night
What do you do to fluff up your nest in winter? And what about all you Aussies?? This must seem totally irrelevant as you bask in the warmth of summertime.