Just creating this post I was all warm and fuzzy inside. I found myself ready to relax even before I did anything at my house yet. I guess just the thought of how to hygge up your house brings relaxation.
What is Hygge?
The Swedish Genealogist gives a great definition of hygge. Hygge is pronounced hue-guh. It can be used as a noun, adjective, or a verb. The word comes from a Norwegian word meaning “well being” and it’s a centuries-old Scandinavian / Danish concept that is used to describe a moment or feeling that is cozy, special, or charming.
This sounds amazing because it has become that time of year again where all the cozy things make us want to curl up and I think it’s about time we did just that. Let’s make our houses so cozy but first, we need to…
Creating the right atmosphere
Creating the right atmosphere involves tantalizing all 5 of the human senses. Which are:
Sight: What your house looks like? It is inviting? Does it scream “COME SIT ON ME! COME GET SO COZY YOU FALL ASLEEP!”
Sound: What do you hear? Loud cars in traffic? No, we want to hear relaxing music, maybe some nature sounds.
Touch: Are you wearing or sitting on this that makes you feel itchy? We need to find soft items that promote cuddle and squish me.
Taste: Make a meal that just gives you a hug and says worry about your diet tomorrow. haha…
Smell: Have you ever seen a person sad when their house smells like chocolate chip cooks.
Me neither, I rest my case.
Doing things around your home to stimulate these senses can leave you with a coziness feeling all over. Who doesn’t want that in their home?
Slow cook a meal
I don’t want nor do I want for you to have to worry about cooking dinner. Grab your crockpot to just set it and forget it till later when you are hungry.
I highly recommend The Magical Slow Cookers Mississippi pot roast or Paula Dean’s Crockpot Cheddar Bacon Potato Soup from Insanely Good Recipes. They are quick and easy. Dinner is cooking while you hygge up your house.
Find your Hyggekrog
This one I did not know had a name for it, but I know everyone has one. If you have ever watched Big Bang Theory you will know why this is such a big deal. So unlock your inner Sheldon and claim your spot on the couch. That is what a hyggekrog is.
Mike has his spot on the couch and I have mine. I have pictures on my Instagram of me on mine.
Create cozy lighting
Lighting is everything. Do you ever feel cozy when you are laying in a hospital bed under those fluorescence lights? No mean neither. Finding those lights that brings a warmness to your home that is just so damn inviting.
If the lighting in your home is not optimal I suggest you string some Christmas lights around to give the living room this kind of homey glow. Come on doesn’t that look cozy AF!
Light some candles
If you can’t get your hands on Christmas lights, lighting candles will do. Candles smell good and still bring that warmth to the room just the same. Just be careful and don’t fall asleep while burning a candle.
Find your cozy outfit
Nothing says relax more than an outfit that feels like a hug. There is just something about leggings and a comfy sweater or cardigan that just makes you at to cuddle on the couch. But really a comfy outfit could be whatever you want it to be.
You could be one of “those people” who think jeans are comfy. I don’t know how you could be… Nobody needs that kind of confinement in their life. Especially when you are hygge up your house.
Hygge says no electronics. This is more about disconnecting from the screen. However, I think they could be used to enhance your experience. You won’t be on them, but you will be using them.
My idea is to put on a lo-fi vibey playlist with nature scenery on. I have a playlist on my YouTube of all my favorite lo-fi playlists. This is especially great if you can’t get outside bring the outside inside to you.
Cozy up with a good book
Nothing says hygge more than lounging around your house with a hot drink, a throw blanket, and a good book.
What are you currently reading? I started a book challenge if you would like to join? I have read 2 books so far and I just started my 3rd. Maybe we can make this book challenge a book club. Let me know!
Journal about your day
Being cozy all up on the couch with your hot drink, the throw blanket, and a book… Why not journal some. Writing down all the things you are thankful for this fall season.
I know we didn’t do a lot, but I am sure there is a lot to be thankful for. So sit down and write what makes you happy, what has brought you joy. Things you wish you had more of and things you will do differently when the world gets back to “normal”.
If you are looking for more prompts for your journal I have a whole list of questions you could ask yourself. Check them out on the freebies page.
Grab your favorite board games
The nostalgia of board games. Nothing brings a family closer or tears them a part quite like a board game. What is your favorite board game to play? Ours is Sorry!, Uno and Skip-bo.
Bake something sweet or savory
As I said at the beginning of this post… I have never seen a person sad when their house smells like chocolate chip cooks and I stand by that. Here is a suggestion trying the Chocolate chip cookie recipe from Handle the Heat. Just like getting them from the bakery.
If sweets aren’t your thing you can try your hand at making savory loaves of bread with an olive and herb dip. I tried making bread. I have learned my lesson and have gotten a lot better.
Hygge up your house
Isn’t it pretty easy to hygge up your house this fall season? Just some quick little changes and it’s cozy comfy time. These simple little changes don’t cost a lot. You could easily make do with what you have at home. I am sure you have most of this stuff at home.
Remember though hygge is not all about aesthetics and being Pinterest worthy. Hygge is about a feeling you have. A concept that is used to describe a moment or feeling that is cozy, special, or charming.
I hope you found this post to be cozy, special, or charming.
Let me know in the comments below what is your favorite part of the fall season?
Until next time, Have a great day!