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The holidays are wrapping up, and Minnesota remains in winter ‘s icy grip for the foreseeable future. Does anyone else struggle to find motivation from January to March in the Midwest? New Year’ s resolutions and fresh starts abound, but the cold weather doesn ‘t necessarily inspire project-mode.
While we’ d never deny
It ‘s the most wonderful time of the year, well, it almost is at least! The first few snowfalls have already come and gone in the Twin Cities, and we’ ve got cozy winter hibernation on the brain. If you ‘re not crazy about shoveling snow and pulling out your heavy jacket, we can all agree that the chilly weather is an excellent excuse to lay low and relax with the people we love.
One of the best places in any Midwestern home to hunker down in is the basement. Out of sight and tucked away, the lower level is the perfect dedicated hangout hub. Need a little help getting your boring basement ready for winter-induced evenings in? Read our favorite features of hibernation-friendly basements below.
Get Cozy and Comfy.
Nothing gets people in the mood to settle in more than a comfortable atmosphere. Fill your basement with furniture suited for lounging, movie-watching, and gathering together. Load up on soft blankets, extra pillows, footstools, and anything else that will help everyone relax. Calm colors, candles, and adjustable lighting are also helpful for setting a laid-back vibe.
Add a Little Fire.
Winter hibernation is all about staying warm and protected. One time-tested way to achieve this is through a crackling fire. Whether we consciously realize it, most of us are hardwired to connect fire with safety and being at our home base. Historically people gathered around fires to cook, camp out for the night, or keep warm. Adding a fireplace of any kind to your basement hideaway will give the area a profoundly inviting feeling that’ s undeniable.
Make Room for Food.
Another absolute for hunkering down during the
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