I’m not a decorating guru, but I’ve got one thing figured out: My surroundings have a huge impact on my mood–whether I like it or not!
When it’s time to cozy up my home for the colder months, it helps me to flash back to grade school science class. If I pay attention to all 5 senses, my results are gonna be great.
Sight: This sense is the most obvious, so try and pay special attention to the little touches that make you smile. For me, our new Elf on the Shelf makes me grin every time I catch a glimpse of him, and so do the little red bows my daughter asked me to tie on everything. And Advent dinner by candlelight is a favorite family tradition.
Hearing: Music changes the mood of a home, so I’ve been playing my December favorites a ton: A Spectacular Bluegrass Christmas, A Very She & Him Christmas and Christmas with Weezer. And Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God album may be aimed at kids, but I play it constantly during the holidays, whether or not any kiddos are around.
Touch: We’ve piled the blankets on the couch and stacked some good books nearby to make a cozy place to curl up for reading time. (With a steaming mug of something, of course!) Winter-themed stackable toys are nearby for the wee ones, and we’re making DIY snow globes for little fingers (and grown-up ones, too) to play with.
Smell: My favorite! Nice smells around the house make me really happy. My December favorites are mulling spices simmering on the stove and clove-studded oranges (also known as pomanders) on the table. I love the scent of Mrs. Meyer’s Iowa Pine this time of year, and feel indulgent lighting a fragrant candle (like the ones from Trapp’s fabulous holiday line).
Which sense is your favorite to focus on this time of year?