Welcome to the coziest time of the year! The truly cozy stretch of autumn and winter is when we fluff our nests a bit and curate the small changes that make our home individually our own as I discuss in Embracing the Simplicity of Homemaking. If you have a copy of A Quiet Simple Life Planner & Guidebook, it’s time to revisit some of the pages in there for fresh inspiration. These might include Make Your Home Cozy and some of the other homemaking lists that will help you tidy up your home as we head toward the holiday season.
I’ve been in full cozy mode here, changing things in my home to enjoy the season as much as possible. If you are ready to make some small changes for cozy season, here are ten ways to be cozy at home.
Gather Your Cozy Books
Gather all of your favorite cozy books. Put them in a basket near a favorite reading spot or pile them on a table. They could be favorite:
- picture books
- recipe books
- holiday books
- seasonal books
Put them in one easy-to-access place and then take a few minutes to enjoy them each day. If money is tight and you need some new reading material for the coming months, check out my post 100+ Free Old-Fashioned Cozy Books for Kindle.
Lamps, Candles, & Twinkle Lights
Lighting is one of the easiest and least expensive changes you can make to your home. If you struggle with the darker months of the year, changing your lighting scheme can be a big mental boost. Turn off the overhead lights and use lamps. Light a few real or flameless battery operated candles. Find a few places to hang strands of twinkle lights. These star shaped twinkle lights are adorable and would cheer anyone up to look at them each day!
Snuggle Under Something
Wash up your throw blankets and make them available for snuggling under. I have often put ours in a large basket on the floor in the family room or living room (depending on where we were living).
If you are fortunate enough to still have younger children in your home, pull some picture books or a cozy children’s novel from the book basket each day and snuggle under a blanket together while you read. If you need inspiration, check out these book lists and collections I’ve compiled:
- A Month of Cozy Books
- 100 Classic Children’s Picture Books
- 75 Children’s Books About Farms & Agrarian Life
When the weather turns cooler, it’s so nice to be able to use the oven freely. Bake something yummy for your loved ones using one of your long-time favorite recipes or try something new such as one of these recipes from my favorites:
- Caroline’s Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Muffins
- Loaded Oatmeal Cookies
- Pecan Pie Mini Muffins
- Cranberry Orange Nut Bread
Put Something in the Slow Cooker
I know that InstaPots are all the rage (and even use one myself at times), but I still prefer using my Crockpots (yes, plural). Maybe it’s because the InstaPot is just one more thing that’s based on speed and I’m weary of everything being about speed? I’m not sure. I do know that I enjoy smelling the aromas from the slow cooker for hours at a time and that’s something you simply don’t get with an InstaPot. In any case, here are two easy slow cooker meals.
Cook Something Yummy in the Oven
Now is the time to make all of those wonderful baked dishes you and your loved ones enjoy. Here are a few favorites in our home.
Soup is one of my favorite meals. Here are four that I have made countless times over the years.
This Golden Sweet Cornbread pairs well with many kinds of soups and is made with pantry staples.
Use Your Bread Machine
A bread machine is such a handy kitchen tool as many people have newly discovered. Here are my two favorite bread machine recipes which I have made countless times over the years. These would be wonderful paired with the soups or baked suppers above.
Take a Nature Walk and Bring It Indoors
Go for a walk and look for small bits of cozy to bring into your home. Depending on where you live, you might find:
- colored leaves
- autumn flowers
Gather these treasures from God’s creation and put them on a small plate to display or feature them on your mantle if you have a fireplace.
Enjoy Quiet Activities
During the summer, it can be hard to slow down and do quiet activities. Here are some ideas for a cozy hour or two at home.
- Turn on some quiet music and pick up one of your favorite hobbies.
- Write a hand-written letter to someone.
- Call someone for a real phone conversation.
- Write in your journal or even start a journal in a simple three ring binder with these lovely pages.
- Spend time writing out and reflecting on God’s word such as 21 Days of Scripture for Simple Living or Scripture Themes for Simple Living – Peace, Understanding, and Joy
The important thing it to give yourself permission to enjoy this special time of year and help your loved ones do the same. Make the most of what you have. Whatever you do with love will make a difference.