Recently, I read a book called A Year of Living Danishly, in which the author (British journalist Helen Russell) records her hilarious experiences living in Denmark for a year, while her husband goes to work for the Lego company. (She affectionately refers to him as “Lego-man” the entire book).
Upon her arrival in the rural Danish town, she finds the town center practically deserted, save the pastry shop. As she enters, she politely asks owner of the shop where everyone had gone. The owner matter-of-factly explains that the town was practicing hygge– of course!
As I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts, hygge is a Danish word that most closely translates to “cozy” in English. However, the Danes take this coziness to the extreme. It’s not just the idea of feeling cozy, but more like a lifestyle revolving around comfort, warmth and togetherness. (Can you imagine anything better?!) Since the winters there are long, people stay in and practice this art together.
As we approach cooler weather, it only seems appropriate to bring a little bit of Denmark into our homes too.
Here are 20 Ways to Practice Hygge in Your Home
1. Light up those candles.
Candles make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. When your kids go to bed, try sitting by candlelight, rather than artificial light. Since my husband doesn’t like most candle scents, I generally opt for tea candles.
2. Freshen up your throw pillows.
If your throw pillows are looking a bit sad (like some of mine), it may be time to buy some new ones. If you can’t afford to, take the covers off & wash them (if you have that kind of pillow) or just give your pillows a good fluff.
3. Create natural, pleasing scents.
Here’s an article with awesome ideas to make your home smell amazing! I’m going to try some of them this winter!
4. Wash up your stored blankets or purchase a brand new fuzzy blanket.
5. Make a corn sack.
6. Create a hygge tray.
7. Get out your fuzzy socks.
If you are a boot-lover, wear fuzzy socks underneath your boots. It’ll be like wearing your pajamas all day, but no one will know.
8. Queue up your Pandora stations.
Every fall, I go back to my favorite music stations, particularly Nora Jones. There’s something comforting about listening to well-worn music.
9. Drink tea & coffee all day long.
I love tea and coffee in the morning year round, but in the fall and winter, I like to keep the cups coming all day. Consider taking the time to warm your cup (by microwaving hot water in it) before filling it with your drink.
10. Make hot cocoa (with marshmallows).
Don’t forget to let your kiddos have some too. 🙂
11. Read a book that you’ve been meaning to read, instead of watching tv.
I’m not a huge reader, but sometimes the act of just holding a book in my hands makes me feel cozy.
12. Watch your favorite comfort movie or a show with a friend.
For me that’s Crazy.Stupid.Love., Gilmore Girls, Man from U.N.C.L.E., or 30 Rock.
13. Break out Scrabble or any board game and make a good bet–so the stakes are high. 🙂
Losing a Scrabble bet is how I started watching Game of Thrones– the um, edited version. 😉
14. Consider rearranging the furniture.
Sometimes a slight change in orientation of our furniture can make you feel quite hygge.
15. Switch around your wardrobe to make your warm clothes more accessible.
16. Write a handwritten letter, bundle up and walk it to the mailbox.
If you can, put a $5 Starbucks card in there to brighten someone’s day.
17. Clean out unused kid’s cups and utentils and arrange the remaining items in a visually appealing way.
18. Keep decor for the holidays simple, joyful and easy to take down.
Maximize the use of white lights and fall colors.
20. Make homemade popcorn.
I love doing this! So easy, cozy, yummy– and surprisingly healthy! I use olive oil.
Even if your family doesn’t notice your hygge efforts, don’t let that discourage you. Take time to bring a little hygge to your soul, even when no one is watching.
What will you do to get cozy this year? I’d love to hear your ideas. 🙂 Make sure to share below! Happy Hygge Thanksgiving!!!