Last Friday’s feeling of slipping into a snug bed with fresh sheets, clean pyjamas on, and a mug of my favourite tea is high upon my list of idyllic ways to spend an evening. For some reason, evenings like this alway feel more special on a Friday. To me, the fifth evening of the week has always signified a fresh start – the working week is over and there are two blissful days of few responsibilities ahead.
I like to start those tranquil Friday evenings by tidying and preparing my space to create a clean and cosy environment; there is nothing less relaxing than a cluttered room or mess everywhere, and during the week when we are busy and tired, it is easy to let those tidy habits slip slightly. By spending a little bit of time on those tasks first, the rest of the evening can be spent unwinding and looking forward to a restful weekend ahead.
The main part of tidying involves putting on a fresh set of sheets because there really is nothing quite like climbing into a clean bed after a warm bath at the end of a long week. I like to prepare my room beforehand so that when I come back, it’s all cosy and ready to enjoy.
Fresh sheets on, pillows plumped and fairylights switched on, I’m ready for a relaxing bath with a good book and maybe some pamper products if I’m feeling particularly lavish. A lightly scented candle would be perfect to add to the atmosphere and create softer lighting. Reading by candlelight might not be good for our eyes but it is definitely good for our soul.
In an ideal world, tea or coffee would never go cold thus eliminating those disappointing moments when it has been left for slightly too long. One little trick that I picked up at uni – when my room was two floors up from the kitchen – was to make my tea beforehand and cover the top with a sheet of kitchen foil; it keeps the heat in and means that you don’t have to faff around after that relaxing bath.
Something to watch
If I’m making my way through a new series that’s being aired, I will usually save the episode for my Friday evening. I’m currently doing this with How to Get Away with Murder, which might not seem like the cosiest choice from its title but the setting and characters really make up for it. Other cosy choices include vlogs by Lily Pebbles or The Anna Edit, both of whom are my recent favourites, or a cosy film like Lost in Translation, Amélie or The Grand Budapest Hotel.
So that pretty much sums up my ideal way to unwind on a Friday evening, which is probably not that different to your own if you read this blog!
Do you have any other little rituals that you save for a Friday evening? What’s your idea of the perfect cosy night in?