In a few days, the calendar page will turn to November. The cozy home, cocooning season is here and for the next few weeks, it is also a holiday-free time of year.
It is the perfect time to slow life down before the busy rush of the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is upon us. Why not take a little time for yourself to recharge before the busy season sets in.
Afternoon naps. Fireside chats. Kicking back to watch the game. Or snuggling in for a movie marathon and my favorite pastime – sitting on my deck watching the sunset over the lake every night.
I try to do all of these now that the cozy season is here and partnered with Birch Lane to share with you how I take time to enjoy my life at home each day, even if it is only for a short time on the busiest of days.
I love this time of the year in South Carolina. The temps are in the mid 70’s during the day and cooler at night when I can sit in my outdoor space in one of my favorite POLYWOOD rockers wrapped up in a chunky knit throw.
I love these chairs so much that we just added two more to the deck. They are the chairs that everyone wants to sit in. The first two rockers I got 8 years ago. They are outside uncovered all year long and still look brand new.
Ed and I eat dinner outside every night and will do so until it gets too cold to sit on the deck for a length of time.
He eats plant-based like me two nights a week. Lately I have been making big pots of soup and stew and freezing them into portions.
Doing this makes dinner easy and more time to watch the way the sun sets with different colors and cloud patterns each night.
It gets darker earlier now and having battery-operated flameless candles lit gives us just the right amount of light and ambiance that makes these simple dinners out on the deck feel special.
The set of 5 candles comes with a remote that works to turn all of the candles on and off at once.
There is no need to have to open up the wood lanterns and individually turn each candle on.
I just have to stand close to the candles and press on/off button and voila – candlelit ambiance.
The remote also allows you to dim the candles as well as put them in timer mode.
I know once we can’t go outside anymore in the evenings, I will be bringing the candles, side table and chunky knit throw inside to add a cozy atmosphere in my living room to enjoy every night.
Start a Cozy at Home Challenge
I read about taking a cozy at home challenge a few years ago. It was a two week challenge. I know many of us don’t have time for that, but part of a cozy lifestyle is simplicity as well as taking things slowly that I found worth doing.
Pausing and savoring special moments, which in the business of life tend to slip by unnoticed. Make it a point to notice and do something that will relax and reset your day to a more enjoyable one.
One or all of the ideas below may become habit and lead to a less stressful life.
All in all, when it comes to a cozy lifestyle, listen to what your mind and body are telling you, take a little time each day for yourself and do things that you love.
Start with one small thing a day. Before you know it, taking some cozy time may just become part of your daily routine all year long.