Three Things to Do in Winter
By Nina Wolf
Winter is a time of rest, hibernation, and long winter’s naps. With the days darker and shorter and the air colder, it’s time to retreat inward, to focus on the self and the home, on self-care, small delights, and going slow. From readying the front door for winter comings and goings to indulging in an evening bath, here are three things to do indoors in winter (and well-made essentials to help).
Create a Winter Entryway
Cold weather comes with all sorts of accoutrements: hats and mittens, bulky outerwear, boots, and, often, the unwanted mess that winter weather can make. Keep entrances and exits running smoothly with a well-equipped entryway. The entryway pictured is by the wonderful @lizzypowers and features our Everyday Broom and our Dustpan and Brush Set. Find them here.
Save your home from trudged-in mud, snow, ice, and salt by placing a heavy-duty boot scraper at an easy-access spot just outside the front door. This version is made by Bürstenhaus Redecker, one of the last remaining crafters of handmade brushes in Germany, out of horsehair and beech ($78). Hooks The more hooks, the better: Not only do they make a handy place to hang coats and jackets, they can also hold baskets or bags to keep hats, mittens, gloves, spare socks, and other woolies at the ready. Iris Hantverk’s birch peg rack (from $18) is both timeless and practical. Hang one or a whole series.
A drying rack is not just for the laundry room—particularly when it’s a wall-mounted version that’s easily folded away when not in use. Hang this petite solid-oak version ($75) by Iris Hantverk in the entryway—ideally, beside or above a radiator—for drying wet hats and mittens.
Start a Tea Ritual
Coming in from the cold calls for tea on repeat. All the better with a few low-waste, beautifully made essentials to make a little routine of it.
There’s nothing like pouring tea from a pretty teapot on a bitter cold day. We like this streamlined, unusually tall design by Hasami Porcelain, made in Nagasaki, Japan of clay and porcelain ($78).
For a perfectly steeped cup, use loose-leaf tea and a simple strainer. Bellocq’s hand-woven brass basket-style design ($25) fits in a mug or a teapot and will patina gently as it’s used.
A mug is a personal choice: Look for something that feels good in the hand and brings a bit of joy to work-from-home breaks or laid-back Sunday afternoons. We like this one from W&P Design, made from ceramic and silicone and meant to replace disposable, one-time-use travel mugs—so you can pour a cup at home or take it with you on a winter walk. It’s $25 for the 12-ounce size.
Take a Bath
What better time to indulge in a warm soak than on a cold winter’s night? Here are a few essentials for low waste bath-time routine.
A wooden brush replaces disposable, plastic-filled scrubbers—and feels luxurious to use, too. Swedish brush company Iris Hantverk carries all manner of brushes for the bath and beyond, but the essential is the long-handled bath brush ($36) with an oil-treated oak handle, designed to last for many bathtimes.
Eco-Friendly Soap Dish
Keep soap dry and ready to use with a well-made soap dish. Tenkei Project’s simple beveled design is made from red pine, which is both antibacterial and hydrophobic ($18 for the medium size). We suggest pairing with a handcrafted soap from New York-based Saipua.
Prepare for a long winter’s nap with a little aromatherapy. Each of Vitruvi’s 14 essential oil blends are created for a mood or time of day—from Retreat (grapefruit, palma rosa, eucalyptus) to Nightcap (black pepper, blood orange, and ginger) to Sleep (lavender, frankincense, ylang ylang, chamomile, and vetiver)—starting at $22.