Want a cozy home this winter? Here is how to make your home hygge for the winter so you can rest, relax, and enjoy your family. Here are 11 ways to do hygge as a family. Thank you, Melody, for your ideas and inspiration for this post.
A couple years ago I came across that small book about cozy Danish living.
A book about hygge.
Or, that cozy togetherness, warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you are relaxed, warm, and doing something with others you love.
It resonated and went viral because – hey – in this cold unconnected world we live in… anything cozy and comfortable strikes a nerve.
So, if you’re gearing up to enjoy winter and not just suffer through it, here are some simple ways to do so.
Simple ways to make your home hygge for winter
Without further ado, here are some simple and inexpensive ways to make your home hygge for the winter.
Declutter the living areas
You’ve taken Christmas down and aren’t ready for spring decoration yet, so take advantage of this time to reset.
Remove things cluttering bookshelves. Take things off the coffee table and side table surfaces.
Feel like a wall is too full? Take down some of the frames and store them gently away if/until you want to put them back up.
You don’t want empty or sterile (we’ll get to that, keep reading!) but you do want to give your brain a break from visual clutter to make way for more time and energy with loved ones.
Takeaway: Create a blank slate in the living areas.
Pull out cozy blankets and cushions
One of my favorite ways to make the home feel cozy is with thick blankets. I have a nice big fabric basket I use to collect all the blankets and keep them in one place.
When the kids watch cartoons or we have family movie night we’ll cover everyone up. There’s something super hygge about having a warm drink under a cozy blanket in a room that smells like winter.
On to my next point…
Get the winter scents out
I love diffusing some fragrant essential oils throughout the house and the kids’ bedrooms.
At the beginning of each season I’ll often make sure I have the festive scents out so I can turn the diffusers on in the evenings or before bed.
Here are some hygge winter (and fall) scents we love:
- Northern Lights Black Spruce
- White Fir
- Fir Needle
Use softer cozy lighting
This is a huge one that contributes to mood!
Lighting candles, having light bulbs with a warmer glow, and placing strategic lamps around spaces in your home will help feel more cozy.
Every evening during the fall and winter I turn off all overhead lighting and turn on lamps or accent lighting. Instead of overhead kitchen lights, I put on the over sink or over stove lighting.
Unless I’m cooking, of course.
In the living room and bedrooms, it’s lamps.
This gives the house a cozy glow.
Stock up on warm drinks for a hygge winter
This is a super hygge thing to do.
Sipping a warm drink from a favorite mug on soft seating under a warm blanket with people you love.
It’s not just toys, books can be rotated too!
One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is to bring out all the Christmas books.
You can do this with winter books too!
Take a nice basket and put it at the end of the couch with some books that resonate with the season you’re in. You can read them while you’re drinking your hot cocoa and relaxing.
Bring out the family games
I am an only child. A “lonely only” from Birth Order.
So I did love to play card games, but wasn’t much of a board game person. Well, my husband loves board games and so do the kids.
Get the board games out and start playing those in the evenings if you have time. We usually end up playing games on the weekends, or the kids play games by themselves while I’m cooking dinner.
This is a great way to spend time together.
Print (or save) some winter cooking faves
If you like certain foods during the winter months, don’t let the time go by without having these on regular rotation.
- Print out your fave winter recipes
- Choose some meals that are pantry heavy (like chili, minus the meat) so you can make them easily without having to plan.
- Buy some cookie dough (or make some) and have it on hand to pop a few cookies in.
Enjoy your winter hygge moments…
We all have busy family lives.
We can get so busy we’re stressed to the max.
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