Hygge Home Tips
For centuries, people have been trying to answer the age-old question of, “how can we make life better?”
There are some big differences between quality of living and standard of life. Standard of life relies on a person’s ability to get bigger and better things; whether that be the amount of money they have, the houses they own or the cars they drive, standard of living points to superficial “stuff.”
Quality of living, however, is determined by your innermost sense of well-being.
Some major factors include:
- Social fulfillment
- Personal expectations
- Level of acceptance
- Sense of optimism
- Physical health
- Housing & environment
So what is hygge and how does it fit into all of this? This Danish lifestyle combines fundamental values such as happiness, friendship and relaxation with cozy interior styles. Hygge finds contentment by focusing on simple things that provide the most worth to someone’s soul.
Instead of focusing on “first world problems” like the newest phone or trendy style, take an introspective look at how your life can be made better by adopting a hygge home life.
1. Refresh and Recharge
Quick fixes like the color of home interiors or organizing your belongings are easy changes that can help make your life a little better.
Pick colors for your rooms that are as calming and relaxing as possible.
There are plenty of ways to do this.
For starters, consider the color of the room. An ideal hygge palette has subtle earth tones ranging from tranquil blues or greens to understated grays or taupes.
Take a note from organizing sensation Marie Kondo and dispose of things you own that do not “spark joy”. If you haven’t gone through your closet or junk drawers in a while, it may be time to reevaluate your belongings.
Purchasing furniture like trundle beds or storage ottomans can aid in creating room for more things to have a dedicated place.
Keep an eye out for vintage finds like chests or trunks that can serve more than one purpose. After all, a tidy home is most definitely a happy home.
2. Catch Some ZzZ’s
A common necessity that people often overlook is right through your bedroom door: sleep.
It’s time to start taking your slumber cycle more seriously. Sleep deprivation can cause a lack of motivation, negative thoughts, poor health habits and a decline in work performance. Despite how tempting that late night Netflix binge may be, adults really need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function properly and maintain daily routines.
Let’s talk about some ways to improve your snooze.
The first and most obvious step is to change out your mattress. Getting comfortable is key to a restful night’s sleep. Choose something that fits your individual needs. Mattresses come in many options like firm, soft or a mix of both, so pick a mattress that can fit your preferences. Get some shut eye with soft, supportive pillows that enhance sleep quality and fight neck pain.
Accessorize with pieces that give you some relief.
Humidifiers, essential oil diffusers, and salt lamps are known to have healing qualities. Houseplants are also beneficial to have around in improving air quality; some even have superstitious characteristics that foster luck, wealth or even love.
Keep nasty dreams that may disrupt sleep at bay with custom dream catchers. You can also assist deep sleep using a noise machine with tranquil sounds like rainforest thunderstorms or ocean waves.
Whatever your strategy, sleep should be a priority to make your everyday life a little less weary and a lot more invigorating.
3. Dive Into a Good Book
Yes, you read that right. Instead of investing in yet another piece of technology, hit the store for your next literary fix. There are many advantages to owning books, including storing them as keepsakes or treasured memories.
Books benefit our minds and imaginations, leading us to find conclusions in life that we otherwise may not have come across by ourselves. They connect us to the past, transport us to different worlds and act as a temporary escape from the day’s monotonous routine.
Invest in personal development or learn a new hobby. Take time away from electronics to appreciate life’s little moments. Create a cozy nook in any corner of your home with your favorite comfy backrest pillow and blanket.
Use written works in other ways by embracing them in your hygge decor. Stack them on statement side tables or fill your shelves with your most-loved tales. Choose books based on their binding color to broaden your interests and keep to a specific design theme at the same time.
Curl up with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and indulge in the simple pleasure of a good book. And hey, you may even learn something while you’re at it.
4. Host with the Most
Live your hygge life to the fullest by being a host with the most. Getting together with friends is a great way to boost happiness and make your life a little better while making the most of your friendships.
Consider hosting a hygge-themed get together with loved ones. Screen a new movie, bust out the board games or cater a dinner party.
No matter what you decide to do, make sure your home is ready for guests. When preparing for overnight visitors, be sure to put clean sheets on beds and replace towels in bathrooms so that everything is ready to go for your guests.
For short-term social gatherings, have plenty of seating and cozy blankets or pillows when watching movies or T.V. shows. When hosting a dinner party, focus on little things that guests will appreciate such as assigning table cards or crafting signature cocktails.
Take the time to make get-togethers special and your friends are sure to attend each time.
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