By Jennifer Woolwine

10 Simple Ways to Make your Home Cozy for Fall

Simple Living

baghdad to barnyard

October 4, 2021

Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love wearing layers and cuddling up with my favorite throw and an enjoyable book. I am a homebody and have social anxiety, so I don’t participate in fall activities like going to corn mazes, fall festivals, or visiting a pumpkin patch. Instead, I find joy in bringing fall indoors and making my home cozy for the season. Making a comfortable life for yourself doesn’t have to be difficult, and I’m sharing ten simple ways you can create the perfect fall ambiance in your home without breaking the bank.

1. Create a cozy corner

With families spending more time at home, creating a cozy corner is a must-have. Thankfully, you can create a cozy nook without buying furniture. You can use a corner in your living room, bedroom, office, or den.  Use a couple of throw pillows for cushions, a faux-fur rug, twinkle lights, and a plush throw or Sherpa-lined blanket for extra coziness, and you have your getaway spot.

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2. Update your blanket and throws

There are throws for every season, but fall is my favorite season to update my blankets and throws. From plaid to faux fur, chunky knits, and velvet, there are so many textures and rich colors you can use to update your favorite armchair, or couch, or add to your cozy corner. Popular fall colors are yellow, gold, red, orange, purple, and brown.

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3. Cuddle Time with a furry friend

Now that you have a cozy corner, and new throws, grab your furry companion and spend some one-on-one time together. Research shows cuddling with your pet reduces stress and can improve your mood and overall symptoms of depression.

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4. At-Home Spa Day

One of the simplest cozy things you can do is take some time to pamper yourself. Grab your favorite face mask, lounge in a comfy bathrobe, and create your spa day at home. Run a bubble bath, pour a glass of wine, dim the lights and enjoy your spa in the comfort of your home without spending a fortune.

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5. Candles are a Girls Best Friend

Scented candles like sandalwood, cotton, cinnamon, pumpkin, and apple spice give all the cozy fall vibes. For budget-friendly candles, arranging light tea candles can also create a comfortable environment. You can even use remote-controlled flameless candles that imitate real candles and can be set on a timer.

6. Declutter

After a long day at work, you want to come home and relax. It’s impossible to feel cozy with bills all over the kitchen counter, toys on the floor, and dirty dishes in the sink. Clear out cabinet space for those bulky appliances and utensil canisters to free up your countertops. Something as simple as decluttering kitchen countertops can make a significant difference in making your home feel more peaceful and cozy.

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7.  Make your home cozy for fall with flannel sheets

 There’s nothing better than climbing into bed with warm, soft flannel sheets on a cold winter night. Flannel even gets softer when you wash them, making your already comfy sheets even cozier, and they are budget-friendly.

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8. Bring the Outdoors Inside

Fall is my favorite time to decorate. The rich colors of fall can make your home feel extra cozy by bringing natural elements indoors. You can add seasonal flowers, pumpkins, foraged branches, wildflowers, and pinecones to create a beautiful centerpiece for your dining room table or fireplace mantel.

9. Cozy for fall: Comfort Food

Is there anything better than warm, cozy, comfort food as the temperatures get cooler? Fall is the time to take advantage of the abundance of fruits and vegetables like apples, squash, and leafy greens. My favorite comfort foods are chili, chicken noodle soup, butternut squash, caramel apple crisp, and pumpkin bread. From cozy soups to decadent desserts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the fall.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 3 carrots, sliced

  • 3-4 stalks of celery, chopped

  • sea salt (or kosher) to taste

  • black pepper to taste

  • 8 cups chicken broth

  • 8 oz egg noodles

  • 4 cups shredded chicken breast

  • ½ cup chopped parsley

  • 4 tsp. sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 4 tsp. sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  1. In a slow cooker, combine chicken, onion, carrots, celery, thyme, rosemary, garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Pour in broth.

  2. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Discard herbs. Return chicken to slow cooker and add egg noodles.

  3. Cook on low, covered, until al dente, 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. Enjoy!

10. Make your home cozy for fall with new pajamas

With October’s crisp mornings and cool evenings, you crave a little more coziness in your sleepwear. As comfortable as it is to wear your husband’s oversized t-shirts in the summer, you need something warmer for fall and winter. After a long day at work, you will look forward to slipping into a cozy pair of warm pajamas.

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your home cozy for fall. These simple changes can make your home more welcoming for the cold winter months. How do you make your home cozy for fall? Please share your cozy tips in the comments.

Happy Fall, Y’all!

xo, Jen

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  1. Denise D says:

    I love fall too and your suggestions make me ready and excited.
    The smell of fires burning, crisp air, colorful leaves, cozy sweatshirts/sweaters, socks, hot chai tea or chocolate, and of course the pajamas!
    It is also soup time for me. I already made a white chicken chili. Can’t wait to do chicken soup, italian vegetable, broccoli, to name a few. I get hot so eating soup in the summer is not my thing. It is my fall/winter
    Thank you for sharing your suggestions. Now I need to go snuggle and read a book with my candle, tea and cozy socks.
    Enjoy your October-I know you have lots of pets to snuggle with(they need a donkey emoji!).

    • I practically live off soup in the fall and winter and Italian vegetable is one of my favorite soups too. They really do NEED to make a donkey emoji!!!! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I really appreciate the support Denise!

Jen Woolwine       Author

Jen is a combat veteran and wife who is passionate about animal rescue, homesteading, and mental health advocacy. Jen's amazing journey of transitioning from military service to homesteading can be followed on her blog and social media platforms @baghdadtobarnyard.

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