5 tips to create HYGGE in your home
As almost all of us are forced to spend an awful lot of time at home right now during Corona Lockdown, we thought we’d share some tips on how you can easily transform your home into a nice environment where you’d actually want to spend more time. The sought after Scandinavian way of lifestyle ‘Hygge’ – is a word that can’t be translated into any language, and is simply a way of appreciating the small things and making the most of them. Whether it’s a snuggle on the sofa with a good cuppa and a book, a dinner party, a picnic on the grass or simply investing in beautiful stoneware bowls for your snacks come movie night. Whatever brings you joy is hygge basically. But there are a few simple guidelines to follow.
1. Create a clutter free space
Get rid of all the unnecessary stuff. Store stuff like the tv control in baskets or boxes when you’re not using them. Clutter is a form of visual distraction, and everything in our vision pulls at our attention at least a little. The less clutter, the less visual stress we have. A minimalist home is calming.So even removing something like the tv remotes can make a huge difference. Rethink your “mantel pieces”. Yes, it’s nice to look at dear old great grandma’s homemade card, or that metal cup you won when you were 14 but the key to hygge is that less is absolutely more. Go for flowers and plants instead of or even more simple: a beautiful and empty vase.
Hang a few hooks on the wall for tea towels and hand towels. Hide the washing up liquid under the sink when not in use. ALWAYS make sure your sink is shiny and clean. Can you get rid of any kitchen tools? Yes the kettle is a must, but do you have space in a cupboard to put the microwave in for example?
If your dining table is in the kitchen, make sure it’s always free from any clutter when not in use. Again, keep a basket close by for you to store your paperworks and what else you’re working on.
Hang up your utensils with a rack and some hooks. These can be bought very cheap at IKEA. Opt for natural materials like wood, stone and marble.
Organise your drawers and cupboards. Store oats, flour, sugar etc. in containers and jars.
3. Clear floors
Except for the furniture, your floors should be completely clear. Nothing should clutter the floor, nothing should be stacked, nothing should be stored on the floor. Once you’ve gotten your furniture down to the bare essentials, clear everything else on the floor — either donate it, trash it, or find a place for it out of sight. If you simply must have something on the floor, make it as neat and tidy as possible! Store magazines in a pile that you can then also use as a stand for a lamp or a plant.
- Tv area
Instead of having the TV as your centerpiece, try and think of it as an inviting space for conversation rather than a place to watch TV. This way you’re creating a solid hygge foundation to begin with – and the tv is just a bonus then. Invest in proper wool blankets and a few, colour coordinated cushions. Hang some nice pieces of art/paintings/posters on the walls and always keep the coffee table clean and clear. Except for some candles, obviously.
5. From dusk till dawn
Quite literally. Light those candle lights whenever you get a chance. Even if it’s at the breakfast table on a spring morning. Opt for long, white, 100% glycerin candles preferably in vintage brass, wood or metal candle holders. Use the rule of three which is to have three things together. Either two of the same height and one lower or three pieces all of different heights and lengths.
Go pick some nice branches or flowers – just a few and make sure they’re of different height. That’s more visually appealing.
Now all that’s left to do after your hard work is to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Once you’ve simplified one room, take a moment to look around and enjoy it. It’s so peaceful and satisfying. This is the reward for your hard work. Ahhhh.