Even when the temperature drops, you can still stay toasty! Wondering how? Use these 15 ideas to help you stay warm on cold days all winter. Check them out because these ideas might surprise you!

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I don’t know about you, but winter isn’t my favorite time of the year. I just get too cold too easily and can’t warm up.

Even in my house, I can feel cold, so I work hard to seal up all those drafts that leak out the nice warm air in our home. You can find more information about draft proofing house over here.

Many parts of the country experience long, cold winters where it can be hard to simply stay warm. And, it can be cost-prohibitive to simply turn up the dial on your furnace. 

When you have those days when you just can’t get warm, you need to get creative and use some different (unique?) ways to stay warm when the temperature dips way down.

Try these clever (and dare I say, practical?) tips for staying warm on cold days!

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You already know to wear a coat when you go outside on cold days (unless you’re my kids!). But, how do you stay warm in cold weather when you’re already inside and can’t warm up? Try these clever and unusual ideas to help you stay toasty all winter long.

Wear Layers

Layer up multiple shirts then add a sweater on top. Feel free to wear leggings under a pair of paints.

If you’re still cold, put on a layer of long underwear under everything else. 

And if that’s still not enough, wear your winter coat and a scar – who cares if it’s inside? At least you’ll be warm!

For the layer method, try using:

Flannel, Flannel, Flannel

There’s something about the way that flannel is woven that makes it extra warm and snugly. Trust me, it will do wonders for you on cold days. 

In fact, my family laughs because I want flannel everything (flannel PJs, flannel shirts, flannel-lined pants, flannel sheets) during the winter.


How could I forget about flannel blankets? I use those, fleece blankets, wool blankets, and sometimes even electric blankets.

You wouldn’t believe how effective a simple blanket (or two!) can be at helping you to stay warm on the coldest of days. 

Heated Slippers

Once my feet get cold, I’ve lost the battle. I just can’t warm up once I’ve gotten to that point.

Instead of going down that dark, cold road that I often find myself on, wear thick socks (or multiple sock layers) to keep your feet warm. 

If you need even more help, add a pair of heated slippers – they’re heavenly.

feet in heavy winter socks in front of a fire

Take a Hot Bath or Shower

What’s better than getting into a hot shower or bath on a day when you just can’t warm up? 

Make it even more amazing by indulging in a long bath by adding delightful bath additions that make your hot bath feel even more luxurious.

Sugar scrubs, bath salts, and bath bombs can help make the act of warming up in the tub a relaxing retreat. 

Related Post: Spa Day at Home: Relieve Stress and Feel Your Best

Use a Humidifier

Moisture helps the air feel warmer. Purchase a humidifier that allows you to switch between warm mist and cool mist.

Use the warm mist setting to add some humid warmth to the air when you’re feeling cold. 

That type of humidifier will be more expensive to buy than a cool mist only version, but the warm air will more than make up for it.

Wear a Hat

Fact: People lose heat through their heads.

So, put on a warm hat and you’ll notice a big difference in how warm you feel very quickly. Add gloves or a scarf for even more heat insulation if you need it!

woman wearing red and white winter hat and gloves

Microwave Heating Pads

Invest in a reusable rice microwave heating pad!

All you have to do is throw it into the microwave to heat it in order to enjoy lasting warmth. Stick it on your lap, between your feet, under your blanket, or in your bed!

Use the Oven (then leave it open)

In the summer, crockpot and grilled meals are king to avoid heating up the house. Let the oven reign in the winter.

This is when you’ll want to bake those cookies! Not only will it be heating up food to warm you from the inside out, but the heat that it creates to cook will also heat up the house. 

Close up of a kitchen oven with the door open

Eat and Drink Hot Items

Warm yourself from the inside out by eating or drinking something hot: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or even soup!

Doesn’t a bowl of warm, meaty chili with shredded cheese sound like just the thing you need when you feel cold?

You’ll feel warmer right away no matter how cold it is.

Related Post: 15 Instant Pot Soup Recipes For Busy Families

Get Active

Body movement generates heat. Sounds simple enough, right? The more you move, the warmer you’ll be.

There are lots of ways to start moving so you warm up: cleaning, organizing, or even a workout. If the sun is out, consider going for a walk outside (if it’s not too cold).

Not only will you generate heat, but once you walk inside, you’ll feel really warm. 

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Harness the Sun’s Warmth

This is simple but powerful. We use it all the time in the winter (and the reverse in the sumer!).

Open your curtains and blinds during the day to let in the light and heat from the sun. Then, close them at night to trap that heat in the house. 

Place Rugs on Cold Areas

If you have floors that aren’t carpet, they can feel extremely cold to your feet in the winter. Throw down some throw rugs on the floors to keep you off and warmer.

If you need more layers of rugs, do it – you can create a fun design while insulating your house at the same time!

Keep The Drafts Out

Doors to the house are known for not being well sealed and letting in cold air drafts. Stop those drafts and keep your heat in by using a pool noodle

All you need to do is cut it half (length-wise). Wrap it in some fabric and slide it under your door so that you have half the noodle in front of the door and half of it on the other side of the door. 

Don’t want to DIY? Purchase a door draft stopper that’s already put together for you.

Seal the Windows

Your windows can be a major source of warm air leakage. Depending on the age and style of the windows in your home, but you can stop it by using a heat-shrinking insulation film on your windows to seal them up.

It really helps!

I hope these super practical suggestions gave you some new ideas for staying warm this winter! You may not need to use them all – or  maybe you do.

Either way, every one of these ideas are proven techniques that I have used to stay warm on cold days when I just can’t seem to warm up.

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