Get the chores done. Moving around increases heart rate and body temperature—the most natural way to stay warm. I work from home, and when I start to feel chilly, it’s usually a sign that I’ve been sitting at the computer too long. That’s when I get up and run a load of laundry, change the sheets or prepare something for dinner. The activity alone warms me up without having to turn up the thermostat. As a bonus, chores are done.
Choose your materials wisely. Cover bare floors with area rugs. Use flannel sheets on the beds. Switch to heavier curtains that cover window drafts. Bring out the afghans for snuggling. A cozier house equals a cozier you.
Go to bed with a Hottie. Hot water bottles are making a comeback in a much more stylish way than ever before. Turn down the heat at night, fill up one of these with hot water and put it between your sheets. (I like mine by my chilly feet.) The warmth lasts for hours. These hotties are handmade in Rhode Island.