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Winter is approaching where I live, and I have finally pulled out the fluffy jackets, leggings, and oversized sweaters. It is getting darker earlier, which is such a bummer! This time of year and type of cold weather makes me want to stay home, get cozy, and survive until the warm weather returns. To keep my house cozy, I love implementing some aspects of Hygge.
If you don’t know much about the art of Hygge, you should read up on it. I have enjoyed learning so much about hygge. I came across such a good book a few years ago called The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. The author, Meik Wiking does an amazing job explaining hygge, where it comes from, and how to transform your home and life! I read this book in a few short days because I was hooked.
Since finishing the book, I have done things around my home to bring in hygge, comfiness, and coziness. If you are suffering from the winter blues, seasonal affective disorder (learn more here), or just want your house to have a warm atmosphere, here are a few things I recommend doing around your home to begin practicing the art of Hygge this winter season.
What is Hygge?
Hygge can be many different things to different people. Ultimately, hygge is the sense of coziness. It’s the art of practicing coziness and finding comfort around you.
I like to describe it as creating coziness in your home and life. Hygge is creating a warm atmosphere in my home and my heart. It’s feeling happy with the things and people around me.
Hygge is a Danish word and Danish concept that is used in their everyday lives. The Danish term is very important in their lives.
According to the author of The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking, “Hygge is about an atmosphere and experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life- or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company- or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.”
Hygge is really anything in your life that you find comfort in. Anything that brings you joy and happiness no matter how big or small.
Tips for a Hygge-Inspired Cozy Winter at Home
The number one thing I LOVE to have around my home are candles! You can choose to have real or fake candles or both. I enjoy having a few real candles with warm scents like apple pie or a good fall scent.
I also have many battery-powered candles around my house that I have set to turn on around the same time the sun is beginning to set. The warm glow from the candles creates a warm, comfortable atmosphere in my home.
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An indoor fireplace is a definite must! If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry! I don’t have one either. I recently bought one of the heaters with an electric fireplace but before that, I would listen to fireplace sounds online.
It creates the same warm aroma with a fireplace’s light and wonderful crackling sound. Having the fireplace going is the perfect time to crawl under a cozy blanket and take a nap, or rest in the peacefulness for a while.
It heats up my living room so well. It’s great for helping to create a cozy home.
If you don’t have a fireplace, string lights or fairy lights can give you the same warm ambiance that a fireplace does. The lighting makes the atmosphere so warm and cozy! These are perfect inside your home or even on your porch for getting some fresh air on the dark days during winter.
Be sure to have lots of blankets and pillows around your living or den area. This will help create a cozy, hygge environment. I have always loved a house with soft blankets. I get cold very easily, so I love it when people have a blanket to offer me.
I have recently gotten into having throw pillows (took me long enough!) on my couch. I now have several fluffy and soft pillows on my couch. It makes my living space feel comfortable and cozy!
Hot drinks are a must in my house! We love coffee, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and hot cocoa. We keep a little bit of each of these in our home. This year I am excited to try mulled wine for the first time!
My favorite winery made its own mulled spices this year, and I can’t wait to use them with one of the wines they recommend. Warm drinks are very inviting.
They smell yummy and warm you up on a cold night! They’re perfect to have around when friends are over or for a warm, cuddly date night.
Food is also a must (Lol- we love to eat!). My favorite food that gives me hygge vibes is a good soup. I love many different kinds of soups, and I enjoy making them. Soups warm me up on a cold day, they smell good when cooking, and they’re perfect to put in the crockpot and invite some close friends over.
If my husband had a say in a hygge food, he would choose any type of Mexican food. Mexican food brings him comfort and joy, and he always wants to cuddle up, nap, or enjoy a good movie after eating. You can’t go wrong with some good food to bring hygge into your home!
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Having board games in your home is something you must have for a hygge winter! Playing board games with your friends and family is a great way to spend quality time together.
During the cold and dark winter months, staying inside and having fun is one of the best options (in my opinion). Have some good old-fashioned fun, have lots of laughs, and get in your competitive spirit with some board games this winter.
Check out my favorite board game!
Much like the scent of candles can create a cozy aroma and atmosphere in your home, essential oils can do the same! Using an essential oil diffuser in your home is one of the simple ways you can create a cozy atmosphere.
Pick out your favorite relaxing or warm scent, add some water, and let your home fill with a wonderful smell. Essential oils are also non-toxic, which I love!
They are perfect for long days when all you want to do is relax.
A Good Book
If you love to read then you know that there is no better way to spend an afternoon than curled up on the couch with a cozy blanket and a good book.
Having the perfect atmosphere makes the experience even better! A fire going, a comfortable place to sit, a warm blanket. Make sure to have a great book ready for the perfect, cozy day to dive in and start reading!
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Make sure to keep your list filled with lots of great books to read during the cold winter months.
I hope these ideas have helped you with your winter hygge journey! There are simple things you can do around your home to create a comfortable, cozy, and warm environment.
What are your favorite ways to create coziness around your home during the cold winter months?
Until next time,