a home in winter

Putting the”‘Win” in Winter: Enjoying the Cold Season

Relocation is a natural part of life. It’s expected that the homes we have now may not be the same a few years down the line. The reason behind the move will vary, and so will the destination. Some move a few towns or cities over for better job opportunities or dwellings. Others, meanwhile, experience a complete overhaul. They pack up their belongings and lives and move to different states or countries.

Should the latter be the case, we can expect to live through some seasons or natural phenomenons that we may not have experienced before, like winter and snow. As magical as films and books may have led us to believe, the winter isn’t all that it’s made out to be with its slippery streets and chilly weather. If you’re part of the population who dislikes the winter season, take note of the ways you can try to enjoy it.

Winter-Proof Your Home

A critical step to having a good winter experience is preparing your home for the cold season. It’s recommended that you go about this process during the days leading up to the first snowfall. There’s no reason to fret if you weren’t able to since you can still accomplish it in the meantime.

Begin with the most important aspect of your home: the heating. Check the state of your furnace because it’ll do most of the work in fighting off the piercing cold. Are you having problems with it or not sure if it’s up to proper standards? Call up a company adept at furnace repair. There are plenty in Salt Lake City and other areas in Utah.

Once you’re sure that the central heating system is working correctly, turn your attention to your interior decoration. One of the best ways to combat SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is by brightening up your home to contrast the dullness outside. If possible, replace your lights with warmer shades of yellow, and look into an automatic lighting system that implements a circadian rhythm.

Aside from the lighting, you can also spice things up by replacing plain curtains with ones that are more festive either by design or color. In the mornings to late afternoons, draw them back to let in some of the natural light, too.

Reinforce Your Wardrobe

wardrobe filled with coats

Your home is your first line of defense against nature. However, it can’t be helped if you need to go out once in a while, which is why it’s essential to invest in winter-appropriate clothing that is both comfortable and warm.

A pro tip for beginners: layering is key.

Another thing to note is that the weather may be drab, but it doesn’t mean that our clothes should be the same way. While keeping warm, you can also try to incorporate some colors into your wardrobe. That can be done either through your coat, gloves, or even the knitted hat that you put on to keep the cold from freezing your hair and ears.

Take Delight in the Indoors

Some people tend to be lethargic once the colder season arrives. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in a lazy day or two, especially when a blizzard is wreaking havoc outside. An activity you can take up is cooking. Look up many recipes online that will help you create the perfect dishes or drinks that will warm you up in no time. Or perhaps you can binge some shows or films or catch up with your lengthy to-read list.

Do you have kids in the family? Now is the time to indulge in family game nights and get into the spirit of healthy competition. By creating these social situations, you’re effectively distracting yourself from the dreary weather and bringing everyone closer together in the comfort of your own home.

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