As the holiday decorations are put away and temperatures continue to drop, it seems almost impossible to avoid those long, chilly days of winter. If you’re stuck indoors this time of year, hibernate in style by creating an intimate and relaxed space to cozy up with loved ones.

It’s time to revamp those dormant areas of your home to take refuge from the frigid weather. Keep warm this season with these simple tips to make your space a cozy place to hide from the cold.

[See: 8 Ways to Stage Your Home in Winter.]

Main-area purge. There is nothing worse than hanging out in a home that’s cramping its style with clutter. Since, you’ll be spending most of your time indoors don’t overstuff your space with unnecessary items. Purge items no longer needed and spend some time inside organizing the main living areas of the home including the living room, kitchen and master bedroom to surround yourself with items that will inspire and motivate throughout the season. This will not only reduce cabin fever, but provide a clutter-free space (and mind) to truly feel relaxed.

Musical chairs. Now is the perfect time to switch up a furniture arrangement. Plan on closing the gap between chairs and sofas for a more intimate, cozier setting. Place seating areas away from drafty windows and doors, and instead bring them closer to the interior of the home and heating sources, like a fireplace or an air vent. Swap out a glass or wood coffee table for a fabric ottoman or poofs to soften the scene and provide extra seating.

Reading nook. Expand your mind this winter by creating a cozy reading nook that’s impossible to ignore. If you don’t have an existing nook or built-in window seat in your home, add a comfy oversized chair in a quiet corner of the room. Have a few decorative pillows and throws to snuggle up with nearby, along with a small table to hold a warm drink or take notes. This area should also have ample lighting to read during the day or night and an outlet to charge a reading tablet, if needed.

[Read: How to Prepare Your Home for a Winter Storm.]

Rugged layers. Create soft, durable layers on the floor to keep those feet warm this season. Try adding an area rug or runner on hardwood or tile near the bed, in the living room, by the kitchen or bathroom sink to keep toes from coming into contact with cold hard floors. Place a faux fur rug near the fireplace to promote cuddling near the fire. A rug can also play up color or pattern in a room, so let it take center stage and keep other decor in the room simple, or use the rug to introduce new textures, patterns and colors into a space to completely change the look.

Mood lighting. Winter days get dark quickly, so don’t forget to add more lighting to a room that doesn’t get much natural light. Add a few more table or floor lamps in dark corners, turn on the fireplace, light candles (real or fake) and add string lights to your decor to set the scene with just enough light to sit back and relax in a warm atmosphere.

Inspiring art. Artwork is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add personality to a room. Pick something that’s inspirational to keep you motivated during this dreary time of year. Use warm colors like gold or oranges to counter Mother Nature’s current cool vibe. Add a few sayings for an eclectic collection on a gallery wall or opt for a large piece of art that lures you into the space. Consider a neutral image that reflects the time of the year where you are, or where you'd like to be.

Sweater trend. Sweaters are not just made for wearing as a fashion statement. Sweater textures such as cable knit, cashmere, velvet, faux fur and wool will keep you feeling cozy all winter long, while adding dimension to the home decor. Fabrics like this displayed in a room will enhance the sense of touch to make those inside want to cuddle up.

[Read: 10 Home Maintenance Tasks to Check Off Your To-Do List Before Winter.]

Hot drink station. Whether shoveling, playing or just trying to get around in the snow all day, it’s refreshing to warm up the chill in your body with a favorite hot beverage. Create a hot drink station near the kitchen or dining room stocked with hot chocolate, tea, coffee, espresso and some cordials to welcome those coming in from outside. Place decorative mugs near the coffee machine, along with other supplies like marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, honey, sugar and milk.

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Tori Toth is a best-selling author, DIY and lifestyle expert, award-winning home stager and lifestyle authority. She can show anybody how to add more value to their home by giving the tools needed to prepare and showcase any home for sale. She works with consumers, real estate agents, or anybody else who wants to make their home look its best quickly and easily. Home staging is a strategic marketing tool for the biggest return on investment of a home, focusing on renovation and creative design. By creating a lifestyle that buyers will find aspirational, Tori Toth will demonstrate methods of rearranging, organizing and in many cases, adding or editing furniture and home décor. The best, clearest, most helpful information of how to stage a home with and be an immediate success can be found in Tori’ best-selling book "Feel at Home: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick and Easy Sell."

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