The following post is from Emily of Live Renewed:
The temperatures are dropping as winter moves in, and although it’s been a fairly mild winter here in Indiana so far, that usually means that some colder temperatures and major snow falls are right around the corner.
Our family tries to keep our thermostat as low as we can during the winter, to save both energy and on our heating bill. But living with a lowered thermostat doesn’t have to mean that you sit around freezing with teeth chattering all day long.
Here are some easy ways that you can stay warm this winter while still keeping your thermostat set low.
10 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter
- Make a mug of a hot, steaming drink. I love coffee in the morning, and tea in the afternoons. My hot drink of choice right now is a homemade Chai Tea Latte. Mmmmmm!
- Put on extra layers. An extra layer, or two, or more, will go a long way toward helping you stay warm around the house, and when you go out and about. It’s time to get out the long underwear!
- Wear wool socks and slippers around the house. I always like to have something on my feet anyway, but wearing wool socks and slippers on our hard wood floors definitely helps my feet to stay warm and cozy.
- Wrap up in a blanket. Often when I’m working at the computer, I have a blanket wrapped around me, or when I sit and read books with my kiddos or watch a movie with my hubby, I use a blanket to snuggle and keep warm. Keep blankets easily accessible in the places you use them most so they’ll always be ready when you want to warm up.
- Clean the house. This one’s not as fun as snuggling in a blanket, but if you’re really feeling cold and having a hard time warming up, try getting up and vacuuming, mopping, or scrubbing the bathroom. Getting your body moving and blood circulating will help keep your whole body warm.
- Eat lots of warm, yummy soup. We have soup at least once a week for dinner, and I love to make enough so I have leftovers to eat throughout the week.
- Bake or cook from scratch. Working the kitchen means that you stay warm while also being able to make good and delicious food for your family. And then you’ll have lots of dishes for the next one.
- Wash Dishes. My mom told me that when she was growing up and used to complain about being cold, my grandma would tell her to go wash the dishes. Of course, this isn’t what a kid really wants to hear, and honestly, neither do I, but it’s true that submerging your hands in hot water to wash dishes will help to warm up your whole body.
- Put on a scarf, and maybe even a hat. It’s amazing how just having an extra layer around your neck can help keep you warm. And since we lose most of our body heat out of our heads, wearing a hat isn’t a bad idea either. Some people might feel a little funny about wearing a winter hat inside, but if I’m cold, I’ll do whatever it takes to warm up!
- Use a space heater. There are times when we use one of our small space heaters to warm up a space, like our bedroom or bathroom, for a little while when we’re feeling really cold first thing in the morning or right before bed.
What temperature do you keep your thermostat on during the winter? How do you keep warm around the house?
|Emily McClements strives to live with compassion and caring for creation in a way that will impact the world. She is a blessed wife and mama to three young children, and blogs about her family’s journey toward natural and simple living at Live Renewed.|