Remember last winter, when banging at the cold radiator sounded like a rocking drumbeat but still didn’t bring any heat? This year, don’t depend on the radiator gods — be prepared with a few inexpensive items that’ll help make you get warm fast, no matter how cold your apt is.
A Hot Water Bottle Stays Toasty
Admittedly, I didn’t even think these were made anymore but…I’m totally in love with mine. Especially if you pay for heat, bring a hot water bottle to bed and it will totally warm up your extremities. I like to keep mine at the foot of the bed, right next to my cold, cold, feet:)
Pillows Amp-Up The Couch
What may seem like decoration can really make your cheap couch feel delightfully cozy. I have an Ikea couch that definitely gets the job done, but I wouldn’t exactly call it plush. I bought two, plump pillows and leaning against them make the couch infinitely more snuggly, especially when I pile on a blanket or two. Speaking of which..
Bring On the Blankets: Heavy & Light
Living in a radiator-heated apartment, I have absolutely no control of the heat. Sometimes it’s boiling, sometimes frigid, sometimes absolutely freezing. My first year here, I would toss and turn mid-night because I only had one comforter that was just not enough. I finally went to Target to find a lighter blanket to throw on top of the comforter for the below-zero January nights or use alone when the radiator went on overdrive. It’s made all the difference.
Get Flannel Sheets and Turn Down the Thermostat
Flannel sheets are the greatest bargain in the staying-warm department. Shop around and you can get sets for under $30 and sleep well even when your room temp dips below 60. And if you want to get super cozy, add a flannel duvet cover.
Electric Tea Kettle Heats Quickly
With the coming of cold weather, my first defense to staying warm is hot tea. A kettle is cute and all, but an electric kettle makes hot water FAST. I just bought one onAmazon for $25 and use it every day; my first one was $9.99 from Target and was a great first investment but broke after a year.
Slip On Some Slippers
Wood floors get cold, yo. I spent my first apt winter wearing sandals around my apartment with socks, but last year I asked for slippers for my birthday (in December) and they’ve been a real wonder. No more cold floor AND my feet feel like they’re walking on clouds.
Robe It Up
My mom always had a robe and it seemed so…adult. I couldn’t imagine ever wanting one. But, after living in an ice box for a season and taking as few showers as possible because of the icicles forming in my hair (almost) . . .I was desperate. A warm robe is great after showers or for Sunday afternoon. Target, K-Mart, and other larger retailers have some in stock already, or you can try searching online as sizes tend to be S/M/L/XL and you don’t need a tailored fit.
What about you guys? Any good winter comfort tips?