Quick tips to make life a little easier for the whole family

From scarves and mittens to warm blankets, wool socks, and a freezer stocked with homemade soup, winter is filled with all the things we need to keep us cozy. Here are some simple ideas to help your family make the most of the cold season.

1000_1000_25121_sourceimageEntryway. Whether you have a tiny entry or a spacious mudroom, there are plenty of simple ways to organize your space. Hooks are a great way to hang up coats, hats, mitts, and scarves so they can air out and dry quickly. Go for mismatched hooks in different shapes and colurs for a fun look! Or assign everyone their own cubby equipped with hooks and hanging baskets so everyone is responsible for their own space. Tired of dragging snow indoors? Try this: Keep a rough mat outside the front door for wiping feet, then fill boot trays with pebbles to catch melted snow or rainwater. Add storage and seating space, like a Emily Rectangular Storage Ottoman, to make it easy for people to remove winter gear and keep the rest of the house clean and dry.

Living room. Make the living room a cozy place to spend winter days with just a few small touches. Fill a wicker basket with blankets to wrap up in on cold evenings and curl up together on a big sofa—like the spacious Brent Futon. Plus store a stash of hand-knit socks and slippers in a basket or drawer to stay warm. Keep a selection of board games on a shelf or under the coffee table for an impromptu family game night. Don’t have a fireplace? Add a little ambiance by turning your TV to the log-burning channel!

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1000_1000_22176_sourceimageKitchen. The heart of your home is a great space to adapt for winter. Add an area rug under the table to warm up cold feet. Use thicker table linens and cloth napkins in bold colours to add a welcoming touch. They look impressive on a dining table like the Fusion! Need something to shake off the cold? Keep your kitchen stocked with supplies for making soup: herbs, spices, stock cubes, root veggies, and pre-cut beef and chicken in the freezer. And for the kids, set up a hot-chocolate station for a tasty treat. Include cocoa powder, sugar, marshmallows, peppermint pieces, maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and maybe a dash of something extra for the grown-ups.

1000_1000_22218_sourceimageBedroom. Flannel sheets, warm duvets and thick pillows are just the start to making any bedroom a welcome haven for winter. Hang white or coloured string lights to create a warm glow. Keep a favourite book on everyone’s bedside table—from The Cat in the Hat to The Catcher in the Rye. Since indoor heating can dry out your home, be sure to use a humidifier in every bedroom. You can even put everyone’s PJs in the dryer a minute or two for a toasty way to start the evening. Then everyone pile into the biggest bed, like the indulgent Cambridge,  for family story night!

 

Make your home winter-friendly for the whole family

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