You can create a cozy home with the glow of soft lights throughout your house, and very little effort, by using this one simple trick.
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I think most people share in that feeling. The beautiful changing leaves, chilly nights that allow you to pull on your favorite sweater, roasting marshmallows over a campfire. What’s not to love?
Well, admittedly, as much as I love fall, there ARE actually a few things not to love. September and October tend to be really busy months for us. I think anyone with school-aged kids experience this. On top of trying to keep school schedules and routines in order during the week, the kids seem to have obligations nearly every weekend. Instead of the bygone days of spending leisurely fall weekends visiting a local pumpkin patch or having a picnic at the park with colors of orange and red falling all around us, we now spend them carting kids between sleepovers with friends and a myriad of extracurricular activities.
Another thing not to love? The continual loss of daylight. Why do we tend to feel there are more hours in the day during summer months when the sun stays up later in the evening? For me, I think it’s ingrained somewhere deep in my brain that when the sun goes down it’s time to put on my pajamas and get ready for bed. So in the summer, I’m still going until 8:30 or 9 o’clock. But in the fall, when the sun starts going down at 6:00, my mind keeps telling me the day is over. My energy starts to drain faster once the darkness hits. And I may or may not have my pajamas on by 6:30 some nights 😉
One change that I love to make during the transition to fall, when the evening darkness gets longer and longer, is to create a warm cozy glow throughout the house. I used to do this by lighting candles or even getting a fire going in the fireplace on an unusually cool night. There is just something soothing about soft, low lights throughout the house.
Even though I still love candles and the fireplace, years ago I began wanting that “welcome home” glow as soon as we hit the door after a long day. After thinking about how to accomplish this, the perfect solution was a few small lamps on timers throughout the house. Not only do small lamps provide that soft glow as soon as you open the door, but they are also functional because, well, you need to be able to see when you get home and it’s dark. No more stumbling around in the dark searching for a light switch. No more tripping over kids shoes, falling flat on your face until you find said light switch. Not that I know anything about that!
By putting the lamps on timers, the lights are always on when you need them but save energy by turning them off when you don’t. The absolute best are the timers that have separate weekday and weekend settings.
I love using timers to create a cozy home so much that I actually use them year round. During the week I like to set the timers to turn the lights off just after we leave for work and school, but on the weekend I want them to stay on a little longer in the morning while I have one too many cups of coffee….
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