Winter can be a real bummer if you’re not in to things like skiing or snowboarding, and even if you are, no one likes coming home to a cold apartment, or dealing with a frozen car in sub-zero temperatures.
It always seems like we’re on a never-ending quest to stay cozy between December and March, and no matter how hard we try we can never get warm enough.
Take a few minutes to read over some of these life hacks that can do wonders for your sanity this season, and hopefully help you out in a pinch when you’re teeth are chattering and your blood feels like it’s been replaced with ice water.
1. Over Warmer
This one is a great way to keep the apartment warm on a chilly winter day. After you’ve finished baking some cookies, or a meal fit for a Queen, turn off the oven but leave the door open so all that leftover heat can circulate around the kitchen, and spread to other areas of your home. Feel free to turn down the electric baseboard heaters to save on energy, too!
2. Ceiling Fans
Heat rises, and all that warm air gets trapped on the ceiling, which does you no good, right? If you have a ceiling fan, turn it to the lowest setting and run it in reverse so it spins clockwise. This will help blow some of that warm air back down to you so it doesn’t just sit up there all willy nilly doing nothing.
3. Windshield Wipers
Everyone knows that a good trick to prevent your windshield wipers from freezing to your car is to stick them in the air when it’s subzero temperatures outside. Of course, if there’s a storm with wind and snow and sleet, those wipers can still accumulate a lot of ice, rendering them useless. To help with that, stick them in the air like usual, but place a pair of old socks over them to keep them shielded from the elements, thus saving you the hassle of trying to knock all that ice off them in the morning.
4. DIY Windshield Washing Fluid
Speaking of cars, if you find yourself all out of windshield washing fluid and you just can’t get yourself to the store because a) it’s too frickin’ cold outside, or b) you’re buried under a mountain of snow, here’s a quick hack that will do the job in a pinch, and not ruin your vehicle. Take a gallon container and fill it 3/4 of the way full with water, then add a cup of rubbing alcohol before filling it the rest of the way with white vinegar. Test it first by leaving it outside all night to make sure it doesn’t freeze, but it shouldn’t. If it does, you may need to add some more rubbing alcohol.
We all love a nice hot shower when it’s chilly outside, and here’s a tip you can use to turn your regular routine into a nice apartment warmer: shower with the bathroom door open. This will allow the warmth and humidity from the shower to circulate beyond the bathroom. The humidity levels inside your humble abode determine how much heat the air can hold, so allowing it to extend from the bathroom can do wonders with keeping your apartment nice and cozy.
This one might seem like a no brainer, but it’s one we tend to forget about sometimes. If you’re having trouble keeping warm when it’s freezing cold outside, light some candles. The heat from them will circulate around the room and beyond, helping you to stay warm inside so you can forget about the cold, and curl up with a good book instead.
7. Open the Curtains
Again, this one might seem easy enough, but it’s something we tend to forget because we’re so hung up on privacy. That’s nice and all, but on a sunny day when you’re not worried about people seeing you walk around in your skivvies, open the curtains/blinds to allow all that sunlight to naturally heat your home. When dusk rolls around, close them to trap all that wonderful heat in for as long as possible, leaving you nice and toasty warm.
8. Draft Dodgers
If you’ve got a draft coming in from underneath one or more of the doors in your home, nip that in the bud by placing some towels or blankets down to block off that minute space, preventing any cool drafts from coming in, and heat from going out.
9. Hot Water Bottles
Do you hate getting into a cold bed at night? Of course you do. Solve this problem easily by sticking some hot water bottles under the blankets before climbing in for a good night’s rest. Want to know another trick? Slip your pajamas over them as well for maximum warmth. Your bed will be warm, your pajamas will be warm… everything will be warm!
10. Close the Door
Were you born in a barn? Sheesh! If you’re not using certain rooms in the house all that much, like a spare room, basement, den, etc…keep the doors closed to allow the heat to stay where it really counts. If you’re not using one of those rooms at all over the winter, close the blinds and turn off the heater in there to cut back on heating costs entirely.
Those are just a few things you can do this winter to improve your quality of life. Don’t forget the hot chocolate, too, because nothing beats staying warm with a nice cup of chocolate on a cold night. Especially if you spike it with a little Baileys Irish Cream, am I right?