A note on · Lifestyle

A note on hygge

My primary focus for 2017 is cultivating a sense of peace and inner harmony. The DC Metro area is a high-pressure environment–work is competitive, traffic is abysmal, wide open spaces are few and far between. There is little control I can exert over my commute at the moment, apart from looking for a new job, and similarly there is little I can do in regards to the competitive nature of the workforce. However, I can find ways to adjust my home environment and create a warm environment that will be a sanctuary for me and my family.

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish concept referring to the feeling of finding joy and pleasure in the ordinary experiences of everyday. There isn’t an exact English translation, but it’s essentially coziness, happiness, simplicity, familiarity, charm and more all rolled into one. It’s fresh flowers on the dinner table and a lit candle while drinking coffee on a rainy day. It’s simple rituals that make life an art.

There are a few things I’m going to experiment with to add hygge to my home in 2017:

De-clutter. I like surfaces to be clean and clear. I like to walk across the room without fear of stepping on legos. I feel it is important to give my children plenty of room to play and make a mess, but the basement is a play area, so I want to make the upper levels of the house more “quiet areas.”

Dinner Rituals. My husband and I have agreed from the beginning of our relationship on the importance of family dinners as our children grow, and are in the habit of discussing our favorite aspects of the day each evening. I like the idea of keeping lights dim, a candle lit, and soft music playing in the background.

Wardrobe Capsule. Although I don’t feel I have many outfits, I have a closet and dresser of drawers full of clothes. A few I love, some are ok, but most are ignored. Rather than the next big thing, I want to focus my efforts on gathering together a handful of versatile, complementary pieces to clear up space and make dressing a bit easier in the mornings.

Technology Free. I don’t need to be glued to my smartphone at home and, for the most part, I’m not. I would love to keep it out of sight as much as possible, especially when my children are still awake. I can’t really be present for them if I’m checking my social media sites.

How have you incorporated hygge into your lifestyle?

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