Well, we managed to escape for the holidays, but now that we’re back, the rainy winter weather is finally upon us. Which means we’re about to be spending more time at home. Here are eight ways to turn your apartment into a super-cozy retreat (that you won’t get sick of before April).

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1. Stock up on scented candles. Mood lighting + a warming wintry fragrance = instant comfort for drab days. (We’re partial to this one.)

2. Two words: weather stripping. San Francisco’s old Victorian buildings are draftier than a Yosemite tent cabin. A few simple updates to windows and doors will keep your heating bill down and the moisture out.

3. If you’re still cold and your apartment doesn’t have a working fireplace, there’s no shame in flipping on a space heater. Just look for an energy-efficient version to keep costs down and only run it for short bursts of time.

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4. The sky might be gray, but a few low-light-loving houseplants will remind you of sunnier days.

5. Invest in a dehumidifier: Not only will it take the dampness out of the air, but it might actually make your apartment feel warmer. (The energy it uses creates heat, so it’s almost like a mini space heater.)

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6. Keep an extra throw blanket or two in the living room. It's another way to cut down that PG&E bill, and bonus: instant country-cabin vibes.

7. Pick up a new kitchen gadget. Homemade Belgian waffles are perfect for days when it’s too wet to wait in line for brunch.

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8. Set up a reading nook. All it takes is relocating a favorite chair to an inviting corner, pulling up a side table for hot cocoa (or a glass of wine) and adding a dim table lamp. Oh, and a stack of page-turners.  

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