Hygge (pronounced heurgha) seems to be the ‘in’ lifestyle concept of the moment.
So what’s it all about?
Hygge is the Danish idea of taking pleasure from the presence of gentle soothing things and the avoidance of anything annoying, overwhelming or stressful. During the long winter months in Denmark, the Danes ‘hunker down’ and ‘hygge’. They do ‘cosy’ like no other nation, making their homes into snug, restful places, using soft candlelight and warm accessories. They welcome family and friends into a shared, relaxed atmosphere to chill, focusing on the ‘here and now’, and a life with more freedom.
Sounds great doesn’t it?
Well, the Danes must be doing something right. They are regularly voted as one of the happiest countries in the world.
Meik Wiking of The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen explains, ’Danes are less materialistic than other cultures, appreciating low-cost activities and simple things in life, like having a coffee, running a bath and lighting some candles to create a cosy atmosphere’.
So, what has de-cluttering got to do with Hygge?
Clutter is annoying, overwhelming and stressful, certainly not soothing and cosy! So, if you like the idea of hygge and hygge-ing your home, it’s time to get stuck in and clear away your stuff. By making your home environment as decluttered, organised and pleasing as possible, you will achieve a ‘hygge-fix’ as soon as you walk through your front door.
Lena Bentsen ‘Goodbye Clutter, Hello Freedom’ says,
“How can you create hygge if your home is cluttered and disorganised? Your home supports your well-being and freedom”.
Here are 5 de-cluttering tips from Lena;
- Look at your home honestly, does the clutter and chaos make you feel overwhelmed and stressed? Be honest.
- Forgive yourself for getting into this mess!
- When decluttering, only keep items which make you feel positive.
- Can you do without items? We all keep items we think we may use but never do.
- Everything remaining must have a place. When things are not put back in place, that’s when clutter develops.
Right, I’m off to tidy up, run a bath, light a candle and pour myself a large G&T…cheers hygge!
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