2017 is all about Hygge.
Apparently. So the internet tells me. All I really knew about it was it originated from Denmark, which regularly tops happiest country lists, and that it had to do with being cozy, which I am very much all about. So I decided to look into it.
Well, it turns out it's a nuanced Danish term, meant to describe a feeling. It can't literally be translated from Danish to English, but I like the following explanation, written by ToveMaren Stakkestad:
"Hygge is used to describe something cozy and comfortable. It is a state of mind as much as it is an experience. Hygge sums up the mood and ambiance of a situation. Oftentimes hygge is experienced during the cold Danish winter evenings when candles are lit on the coffee table, a good movie is on the TV and you are cuddled on the couch with your loved one. Hygge is the feeling you get during the holidays when your house is full of family, traditions and all the right ingredients to make memories that last a lifetime. Hygge is going for a walk on a warm summer day, stopping by the ice cream shop by the fjord to get a homemade cone while you watch the big sailboats."
It seems to me that the lifestyle trend of Hygge is about cultivating more of those feelings through mindful decor and use of your home, as well as through engaging in experiences designed to engender this CozyHappyPleasure. It also seems to me to fit in with our adherence to decluttering and filling your home mindfully with things that spark joy and serve you as who you are in your life right now. But how will I know for sure?
I'll have to try bringing some Hygge into my life.
At first blush, this sounded like a great idea. Surround myself with only things that make me happy? Check. Spend more time in my comfy lounge wear and in my cozy knit mermaid tail blanket? Check. Enjoy hot drinks? Yes. Wake up with the sunrise and listen to the birds sing? Uh-huh. Excuse to buy more candles and fairy lights? Yes PLEASE.
But then came all this other stuff....like...taking a bubble bath? I just struggle to see the point of sitting in a tub for more than five minutes. Turning the phone off at night? I've been known to fall asleep with my phone in my hand, open to some Wikipedia page (or Facebook, let's be real). A technology free day? While I'm still living my regularly scheduled life in the city? I don't know about that, Jack.
And then there's all this togetherness stuff. Having people over to your home...I don't really do that. Cooking? I'm guessing they don't mean for one and in a microwave. And choosing peace and forgiveness and all that? Sounds nice, and is a good way of being in the world, and is what I generally aspire to, but if I'm honest it's the opposite of how I feel specifically in my home right now (got some roommate tensions running high at the moment).
Basically, I'm not great at relaxing and don't always have much "chill".
Which is exactly why I knew I had to try this Hygge thing out. I could use a little more chill, more togetherness, and more guilt-free time enjoying the things I have carefully chosen through my decluttering process to keep in my home. What good is my window if I don't spend time looking out of it? What good are my books if I feel too guilty taking time to read them? What good is my fancy chocolate coffee with fancy chocolate creamer if I take it like a shot?
It's time to slow down.
For the next two weeks, I'll be experimenting with living the SlowHappyCozyMindfulGratefulHygge life. I'll be back to let you know what I did, how it went, and if/how it related to decluttering.
So far, it's not great. It's day one and the hygge book I ordered overnight is marked as delivered but nowhere to be found, and I'm struggling through the day on four hours of sleep and as many cups of coffee.
But hey, at least I'm still in my cozy pajamas!
For Hygge inspo, check out my Pinterest Board!