We may be approaching spring, but despite the welcome sunshine recently, there’s still a nip in the air and the weather can be quite changeable. I can’t wait for the new season to arrive and have been ‘faffing’ around my house, finding a few ways to refresh the space.
According to research undertaken by E.ON, bad weather causes more than three quarters of Brits to put off outdoor activities and errands, yet more than half feel guilty for spending lots of time sitting around at home.
I think the solution is to see what changes you can make indoors to make you feel good. I’m not alone in this – apparently almost three quarters of us enjoy making our homes more cosy in winter by adding throws or lighting candles. (Funnily enough, though, we are less likely to take measures to help our home’s energy efficiency during cold or wet weather, apparently. This does surprise me a little, since I just had our boiler serviced yesterday!)
How I make my home cosy
The living room is one place I always love to add a few little seasonal updates. This year, I’ve kept spending to a minimum and have simply bought a brightly coloured coral throw for the sofa, which is super soft and only cost £5 from Wilko.
The cheerful fresh tulips I bought at Tesco were also just a fiver and the little tealight holder came in at the bargain price of £2.50 (again from Wilko).
Other things I like to do include buying a new scented candle, some handwash for each of the sinks and a new hand towel or two in a bright colour or pattern. It’s the little things, after all! I also find a good spring clean brightens the home immensely – at the moment I’m tackling all the windows on the inside and steam cleaning our hard floors.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have also seen that I have a budget kitchen makeover planned for spring. I’ll be using elements such as paint, new cupboard handles and replacement worktops for an affordable new look in the kitchen.
I also like to make the bedrooms more cosy at this time of year, with some new bedding snagged in the sales and ensuring our heavier tog duvets are still on the beds for now. As our boiler is getting a bit old, I’ve been considering upgrading it and getting a smart thermostat like tado° from E.ON. This would be brilliant as we could turn the heating on even whilst out of the house, so it’s nice and warm to come back to.
Win a £150 John Lewis Gift Card
So now it’s over to you… I’ve partnered with E.ON to find out what measures YOU take to brighten YOUR home and give it a fresh look or a cosy feel; ideas that maybe even make you feel more productive, too?
I’d love you to share with me what your own refreshing home ideas or life hacks are to make your place feel welcoming – you can tell me in a blog comment below, or better still, why not show me a photo of a room or corner of your home that you’ve refreshed or made cosy recently.
My favourite refresh idea (comment or photo) will receive a wonderful £150 John Lewis Gift Card, courtesy of E.ON.
To enter, please follow the steps below, taking note of the Terms & Conditions
Share your home refresh top tip either in the blog comments below OR post your refresh idea photo on Twitter or Instagram
Remember to tag in @thisistidylife or use the hashtag #myenergyrefresh so I can find your entry!
That’s it and you have until 16.3.19 at 11.00pm to get your entries in. A winner will be chosen and notified thereafter.
Terms & Conditions
This is a joint promotion by #tidylife and E.ON which is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over. The competition is open from 8/3/19 to 11.00pm on 16/3/18. Entries received after the Closing Date will not be counted. The winner will be selected from all valid entries for this giveaway received before the Closing Date. If the winner does not respond within 7 days of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen. The decision of #tidylife is final. E.ON is the sponsor of this giveaway and is responsible for prize fulfilment. The prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives to the prize in whole or in part. #tidylife will select and contact the winner by email or direct message to arrange delivery. Copyright to any photo entries will remain with the entrant but the entrant licences E.ON to use their photographs to promote the brand across websites and social media.
In the meantime you can discover more inspiration to refresh your home and re-energise over on E.ON’s Energy Refresh webpagewhere they have recently partnered with lovely fitness expert, Alice Liveing. Alice has been giving her own top tips to inspire you – not only with a home energy refresh, but to give you a boost personally, too, with energising stretches and nutritious food ideas. If you follow @eonenergyUK on Instagram you’ll be able to see Alice’s helpful videos.
I look forward to seeing your entries!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by E.ON, to help advertise their wide range of products and services available for your home. Although I was paid for this post, all views are my own.