Easy Ways To Make Your Home Smell Like Winter (well, mostly how to make your home smell like Christmas)
Oh Christmas, how I love you. I’m the kind of person that likes to skip right over Halloween and Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas. I will fully admit it. Once September hits, I go into full on Christmas mode.
And then, to be honest, once I get to mid December and I am in the thick of trying to be Santa Claus, I am over Christmas. Maybe I am approaching this all wrong.
But regardless, it’s not even Halloween as I am typing this and mentally I am in full Christmas mode.
I live with three little angry elves and one large angry elf. These angry elves won’t allow me to decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving (insert eye roll).
I get clever and will start sneaking in a few Christmas-ish items that they won’t notice and I also start pulling out some Christmas candles. Nothing smells more like Christmas to me other than a candle that smells like a Christmas tree, am I right?
There are a few other ways I find a way to sneak the smell of Santa and Christmas into this house and not one angry elf has complained of our house smelling good. These tips work all winter long too. The smell of the holidays can last longer than a few weeks.
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How To Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas
~Light A Candle
Just call me Captain Obvious over here. I am so creative. Aren’t you glad you are reading this post? Not all candles are created equal though. Nothing is worst than a candle you can’t smell. It literally feels like you are just burning money.
I’m a huge fan of Yankee Candles. I love the Sugar Frost Christmas scent and the Mistletoe scent.
Every single time I’m in Home Goods or TJ Maxx I smell their candles. It’s a ritual. Village Candles is also good and they are a good dupe to the Yankee Candles. They aren’t too much cheaper than Yankee Candle but sometimes you can find them at HomeGoods at a good price.
Bath and Body Works never disappoints either. I always feel like their scent goes far.
I also like the Mainstays candles from Walmart. They are so inexpensive and their scent is also pretty strong. I just picked this one up. I’ll keep you posted
pic of candle in store
If you are a fan of oils like I am, then this one is also a no brainer. I know there are so many different oil brands you can pick from and I know as well it can be overwhelming. I have tried alot of different brands including all of the big popular ones but I always go back to my tried and true oils from Amazon. I’m impatient, thanks to Amazon, so that two day shipping gets me every time. My two go to oil brands are Plant Therapy and Edens Garden. I have never been disappointed in either.
You can also purchase both oils directly from their websites and their shipping is also free and pretty quick.
If you aren’t too picky about your oils (I know some people are) if you just search Christmas blend on Amazon you are bound to find all different kinds of blends for you.
Or you can make your own blend. I plan to make this one here shortly
3 drops of balsam fir
2 drops of pine
3 drops of cedarwood
I own all of these diffusers and love them all. I don’t have one bad thing to say about them and they are so affordable
I also like to add a drop of essential oil in my sinks after I clean the kitchen or bathrooms. It might sound weird but for me it works. I also add a drop or two of oils on the TP roll. Again, it might sound odd, but it works and it usually keeps my bathroom smelling nice and fresh longer. And this time of year, I am dropping some Fir Oil on my Toilet Paper.
Yep, this is what I do for fun
~Bake some cookies
And this is by far my favorite way to make my house smell like Christmas. I will fully admit that I am the worst cook and baker on this side of the country so there is no way I will tell you how to make cookies.
But I will share my favorite banana nut bread recipe that is so so so so easy to make. I found this recipe from Real Simple years ago and I make it all of the time around Christmas.
Wrap this bread up in a cute dish towel and you have yourself a cute little Christmas gift for anyone….and a yummy smelling home
~Simmer A Pot Of Water
This tip I am most excited about because I have wanted to try this forever and holy moly, IT WORKS!! I can’t believe how amazing my house smelled. The kids even commented on how amazing the house smelled. And when the kids notice, you know it works. There are all kinds of combinations you can do here but this is what I did
1 Cup of cranberries
A few sticks of Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of Cloves
1 slice of orange (but I ended up using grapefruit because I did not have any oranges on hand).
Throw everything in a pot and add as much water as you want. Set it on the stove and let it simmer away. I kept adding water as needed to the pot and just kept it on my stove for a few days to use.
Put the ingredients in a mason jar and this will also make a cute Christmas gift or even a hostess gift for the holidays.
~Add in some evergreen
Every year we cut down our Christmas tree and the smell of that Christmas tree in our home is my most favorite smell of all times. Even if you do not have a real tree in your house, real pine garland can do the trick as well. Even just a few clippings of pine put in a vase or tucked on a bookshelf can make your home smell like a tree farm.
~Change Out Your Cleaning Products
I find that I get motivated to clean my home when my cleaning products smell good. I usually make my own concoction of cleaning supplies with my essential oils but lately I have been using Ms. Meyer cleaning products and their holiday collection looks like it smells just like Christmas. I’m having a hard time finding them right now so stay tuned. But if they smell as good as the basil scent, then I can’t wait to get my hands on some.
And in case you were wondering it is now mid November. That’s how long it took me to write this post. It’s a good thing I started writing this post in October. Now I am off to do some Christmas shopping and make another simmer pot!
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