Remember Hygge? Well,‘Hygge’ was one of the biggest trends of 2016. One of which I sadly never got the hang of as a theory. Books about it were flying off the shelves in the run up to Christmas because everyone wants/wanted that lifestyle. Instagram proved that it was a pretty large income for hygge authors!
And although I never personally got into making it a “thing” it was (and will remain) the perfect winter lifestyle trend. A Danish philosophy that told people to focus on being present in the moment. And I am all for that. Although I don’t exactly need a book to tell me to enjoy the times when I’m all cosy in a blanket.
This should be the norm… Don’t you think? We all deserve soft blankets on our sofas, big mugs of hot chocolate (topped with cream and marshmallows) and to be aware of all the good moments in our lives.
As the late great, author Kurt Vonnegut once said:
“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is’.”
But spring is finally here!
This means that a lot of us are starting to move away from the cosy blankets, fairy lights and Yankee Christmas candles (they’ve finally burnt out!).
It’s time to head towards a new and more uncluttered way of living! This is where the concept of ‘lagom’ can help you out which I was introduced to when I was sent info for this post! And it’s a life I want to live for sure!
WHAT IS LAGOM?
Yeah, that’s what I thought too. I’d heard of Hygge but never really knew what it was. Or that a book could be written about it. I kinda wish I had got there first, to be honest. But I digress…
Lagom is all about having just enough, of things being just right. It about your life being frugal, balanced and fair. It’s a Swedish word basically meaning “right amount”. Lagom is also widely translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, and “suitable.”
It’s kinda like Goldilocks – you don’t want the bed that’s too hard or too soft or the porridge that’s too hot or too cold – you want to live a life that’s ‘just right’. There’s not too much of anything!
Here are some tips that will help you bring the concept of lagom into your home!
First of all, you need to get rid of what you don’t need. Hard I know because why would we have it, if we don’t need it? Well, there are plenty of benefits to decluttering.
The concept of lagom is a state of mindfulness. Have a mind and space that’s as uncluttered and fresh as possible. A lot of the time during the winter, we let ourselves relax maybe a little more than we should (guilty!). Because there is snow (unlikely) and rain (more than likely) outside, we curl up on our couches. We TV on and don’t pay much attention to our surroundings.
But guys, tt’s time to fling open those dusty curtains and let the world outside in. Release your clutter back into the world!
You can sell or donate your items. Go through your clothes and shoes and think to yourself, “Do I really need this?”
Probably not, so it’s time to get rid!
FOCUS ON YOUR FEELINGS
The most important thing about your home is the way that it makes you feel. It’s important to consider what feelings you want to inspire in yourself.
Firstly and obviously, you need to be able to focus on your home while remaining comfortable (oh hey hygge). Consider the temperature of your home. Sounds a little boring right? But if you live in a warm climate then it’s a good idea to invest in overhead fans or maybe air conditioning. This circulates the air better and doesn’t clutter your floor/wall space!
You could also consider getting new radiators. Standard radiators can look pretty unattractive in your home. However, you could always cover them over with boxes, or make a design feature of them.
If you’re like my husband and want to be a little bit fancier then why not get a vertical radiator? We have one in our kitchen which a lot of guests have liked! And finding vertical column radiators couldn’t be easier. You just need to look online at different retailers and consider the available space in your home to figure out what would look best. Vertical column radiators often look particularly great in homes with high ceilings.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Finally, it’s important to consider the flow of your home. That’s an odd term but one that makes complete sense when you think about it.
The most important part of lagom is about balance. It’s all about having just enough. And that means that you should focus on the flow of your rooms, of the light and air flow within them.
Ensure that you have as much floor space available as possible. This creates the illusion of an airy and open room. Have the walls a light colour so that the eye is drawn to any art or decorative items that you have around.
Make sure that your home is intuitive to move around – you shouldn’t be accidentally bruising yourself on any sticking out table corners or finding that there isn’t enough light to read in your living room.
Ensuring that your home is functional and balanced is the best way to feel a deep sense of lagom in your life.
Would you choose a lagom lifestyle? Or do you love being a bit out of balance?