The temperatures are dropping, the colors are changing, and the sun is setting at a slightly more convenient time for us to watch on our drive home from work. That crisp morning air gives us separation anxiety from our beds and pajamas on work days, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost in the pursuit of coziness this season. If you need inspiration to find and foster cozy, warm spaces around you this fall, you’re in luck. This might just be the coziest blog post you read all year!
1. Light a Seasonal Candle
Nothing warms up a room like open flames and the smell of pumpkin spice! If your landlord says you can’t have one, I’d go with the classic dorm-room solution of a fake candle next to a car freshener, but you do you. The real thing is obviously 100000x better!
2. Heat up Your Bed
In 2019, you can use electricity to heat your bed without the fear of being set on fire or doubling your carbon footprint! Heated mattress pads use even less energy than electric blankets, both of which may allow you to save energy by turning down your thermostat, but most importantly, keep you warm and cozy to the core.
3. Identify Your "Live-In" Sweater
It’s just like it sounds; if you don’t already have that one sweater that comes to mind when someone makes a joke about living in cozy sweaters this fall, there’s a quick and (literally) comfortable solution to your problem. Search for that perfect crew or cowl-neck until you find the one that (almost literally) sets your soul on fire.
4. Get that "Warm and Fuzzy" Feeling
You know that “warm and fuzzy” feeling your mom talks about way too much? These days, a great way to feel cozy from the inside out is by doing something that improves the lives of others or our planet! Set aside some time to catch up with friends you haven’t seen recently or go volunteer in your community.
5. Take a Hot Shower
If you’re feeling chilled after a crisp fall evening out picking pumpkins or watching a football game, warm back up with a steamy shower. Use a fall-scented body wash to heighten your sensual experience and wrap yourself up in a towel on the way out!
6. Cook Some Comfort Food
If you’re like me, you’ll probably just buy some food instead, but whether you like to cook, bake, or order delivery, a little comfort food goes a long way. Bonus points if you make extra to share with your significant other, roommates, and/or coworkers!
7. Bring a Blanket to Work
Why are you always the only one who thinks it’s cold in the office?! Why does everyone else threaten to turn the thermostat down in January? The world may never know, but if you’re outnumbered in the office, you’ll want to throw your coziest blanket into a tote bag when you head to the office on cold winter days.
8. Netflix & Warmth
Netflix & chill? No, thank you! Okay, okay, you can stop rolling your eyes now, but did you know that Netflix offers three hour-long episodes in the “Fireplace For Your Home” series to be the backdrop for your holiday events? You can choose from a crackling fire, a crackling fire with music, or a crackling fire with holiday music!
9. Take In a Scarlet Sunset
The sun is setting earlier this time of year, which means that you don’t have to stay up late to catch a glimpse of beauty setting over the horizon. A quick Google search can let you know tonight’s exact sunset time in your area!
10. Wear Fuzzy Socks... EVERYWHERE.
You can wear boots whenever you want in the winter without anyone batting an eye, so why not use good fashion to hide questionable fashion by wearing fuzzy socks underneath! I’ve found it to be the best way to combat the Sunday Scaries or stay warm on even the coldest game days at Lambeau Field.
What helps keep you feeling cozy during the fall and winter months? Let me know in the comments! Remember to use code WISCONSINISTA for 15% off any online or in-store purchase from Lake Effect Co. Click here to check out last month’s collaboration post about my takeaways from studying geography in college.