I have so many fond memories of winter time with my family. Most of my family members' birthdays fall in winter, so my childhood memories are full of family gatherings, all rugged up, sitting around the fire on a cold winter night with your front being toasty and our backs being frozen.
T-shirts may turn into jumpers but despite the chill in the air, one thing that can stay the same is family and friends enjoying each other's company. Heres some things I will be doing to prepare for the winter months.
I think that the start of a season is always a great time to get motivated and give the house a good clean. Time to do the bedding, give the kitchen a good scrub, dust and vacuum thoroughly and don't forget to open all the windows to let some fresh air in.
The cleaning doesn't need to stop inside, outdoors may need some loving too. Autumn leaves may bundle up and grass and weeds may have overgrown. Make a fun day of it to get out in the garden and give it a fresh makeover.
Update Indoors Some might want to brighten up the home in the winter but I want a cosy and warm feel, so I opt for soft earthy patterns and colours. Decorate with olive green, brown, gold and cream with lots of cushions, throw rugs, and cosy decorating finds. Thrift shops always stock budget friendly, unusual, interesting items that may be ideal for your style.
Winter is also the perfect time to get out those candles that are sitting in the cupboard or buy some new ones. Chocolate or hazelnut scented candles are my favourite in winter, but any warm and cosy scents to fill the air with a calming aroma.
Update Outdoors Winter doesn't mean you have to abandon our outdoor space. Take advantage of it in the winter by creating a warm ambience. Fairy lights, cushions, blankets and throw rugs, and a floor rug are great additions to making a space feel cosy and inviting.
A fire pit can display a beautiful backdrop and heat source that will keep everyone comfortable. When I was younger, there was no winter gathering without a fire. You can pick fire pits up for cheap at hardware stores and is a fun family activity for the kids to collect sticks and branches on a walk or trip to the local park and don't forget the marshmallows.
If a fire pit is not ideal for your space, outdoor heaters are not overly expensive and are a fantastic alternative. They sell outdoor heaters at Bunnings for about $160.
If you really want to upgrade your space, you can fit your pergola with outdoor blinds that will stop the rain and wind coming in.
For the guests
Winter also means you can get out the slow cooker and serve some hearty piping hot food. Slow- cooker meals, soups and fresh bread are some perfect options, absolutely delicious and super easy.
Make sure you let your guests know if they are going to be outside when you invite them over so they can dress appropriately. If you have those blankets and pillows in easy reach, with a cracking fire in the background and delicious winter dishes, you will be a winner for entertaining this winter.
As much as I love summer, sitting outside or inside with a cup of coffee, rugged up brings relaxing thoughts to mind. Do not hibernate this winter, take advantage of the cold weather and the pleasure of family and friends enjoying your home.