Achieving ultimate coziness, or finding your hygge, is so much more than pulling on a comfy pair of socks or a sipping a warm cup of tea. Albeit, those will most certainly get you on your cozy way, however, in order to really feel intimate and as snug as a bug in a rug, you have to put some time into creating the atmosphere. And, what better place to upgrade than your own home? How about a list of some quick, easy tips and products to get your space cozy AF so you can finally feel what you have secretly been trying to achieve all along. Hygge!
Find a nook, make it cozy – The coolest thing about this is that there is no wrong answer–your cozy nook can be wherever and whatever you want. Heck, my own kid cleaned out space under the stairs in the scary part of our basement, painted the walls, hung up some twinkling lights, added some pillows and a space for her tea and we have been calling her “Anne Frank” ever since. Find the spot that speaks to you and get to work.
Dim the lights – It doesn’t take much to set the mood. And, since we are upping our cozy game, let’s start with the foundation of all coziness: the lights. Lighting is the factor that will make or break your comfy space. When lights are too bright, the overall feel is a little like an interrogation. If the lights are so dim its dark, well, that’s just depressing. I say ditch the overhead light altogether, unless of course those puppies are already on dimmers, and get your lamps on dimmers! This is a quick fix and one click away on Amazon Prime.
Declutter and minimalize – Have you ever heard that old saying, “A cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind”? Well, the same applies to the space you are making your cozy spot and the point is still the same; clutter does absolutely nothing for you except cause chaos and anxiety. If you want to get your cozy on, you have to part with some of the junk.
Bring the outside in – Now that you have your cozy nook all cleaned up, add some green to your space! Plants are hygge AF and they brighten up any room. I am talking real, living plants. Plants are another great way to enhance your cozy space. Many are super affordable and easy to maintain. Best part. Houseplants are good for you! Don’t fret. You can get those on Amazon too!
Burn some stuff, or not – Candles are an absolute must when one is upping their cozy game. A flickering candle can actually relieve stress and soothe your soul. The Nordic folk have candles galore and, considering they are the happiest people on earth, let’s just go ahead and follow their lead. If you aren’t into burning things because of fire or health hazards, don’t sweat it! We are fortunate enough to live in modern times, so there are some great battery operated candles where the flicker is just like the real thing!
Add a throw blanket or three – You can never have enough comfy blankets at your disposal. Wrapping yourself in a soft and cushy blanket is not only comforting, but it can also bring on feelings of nostalgia and childhood. The beautiful thing about this hygge accessory is, once again, there is no wrong answer. Whether you have something already or you are on the market for a new one, anything goes. The only rule: it has to make you feel good when you are wrapped in it like a burrito.
Remember, feeling hygge is a state of mind. We all desire the good life and, if we want to live well, we have to nurture those desires. Once you begin to transform your chosen space and add some of the elements suggested above, you are going to be ready to do whatever it is your heart desires in that space. Crack that book or make this your special writing spot.Whatever it is you decide to do, I promise it will feel so good.