With a strong link between gratitude and wellbeing, we could all do with learning a little hygge.
Hygge: a phenomenon first documented in the 18th century, Denmark. Pronounced " heurgha"
( it makes a sound like you're clearing your throat) In English it means a "hug"
The meaning of "hygge" is the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming: taking pleasure from the presence of gentle soothing things. Candlelight is "hygge" ( Danes burn more candles per head than any where else in the Europe, according to the European Candle Association)
Bakeries are "hygge" and dinner with friends is "hygge". Hygge is about appreciating the little things in life, hygge is a big deal in Denmark. They are hygge fundamentalist's.
Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world, so could this recognition of hygge moments and gratitude for times past contribute to the high levels of contentment?
Studies show that there's a clear link between gratitude and wellbeing.
Danes have been proven to less materialistic than other cultures, and they appreciate low cost activities and the simple things in life, like having a coffee and lighting some candles to create a cosy atmosphere.
The Danes do "cosy" like no other nation. A typical home in Denmark will look like something out of an Ideal home magazine. They use a lot of natural material including wood and leather. Lamps are artfully positioned to create pools of light. Lights are used to make spaces feel relaxed and warm.
I think we could all do with a little more hygge, don't you?
Exerts taken from westweekend 21.11.15 The telegraph Media Group Ltd
Spring Cleaning doesn't necessarily mean you have to resort to harsh chemicals in order to have a sparkling clean home.
Try these recipes for homemade cleaning products. Products you may have in your cupboard.
Place a small bowl of water with 1/4 cup of lemon juice in your microwave, and run it on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl and wipe the inside with a cloth. Baked on stains should come off with hot water. You can scrape off stubborn stains with a credit card. But not the window
To clean a greasy oven, mix 1 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of washing soda, then slowly pour in enough water to make a paste. With gloves on, smear the paste on oven surfaces and leave on overnight. Wipe off the paste the next morning with hot water.
You can keep your tiles and glass clean by keeping a squeegee in the shower. And after each shower, wipe down the surfaces. The problem here is getting others to do it.
If your shower rose is clogged, place it in a saucepan of 8 parts water to 1 part vinegar, and simmer for 15 min. (This is for a metal shower rose)
For a plastic shower rose, soak in equal parts of water and vinegar.
Add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with a lint free cloth or squeegee which will minimise streaks.
It makes sense the the less chemicals you use in your home, the healthier the environment is for your family.
Here are some tricks to help you organise your wardrobe ready for SUMMER.
An empty home just has no appeal whats so ever. Ask any Home Stylist, they will all agree.
If your home is going on the market, and it's empty, then the prospective buyer hasn't got anything to look at, but its faults. And they will scrutinize every little detail, or lack of. A lot of buyers can not visualise an empty room. But if you furnish an empty home then they have beautiful furniture to look at. And this aids in the way of a distraction in some cases. As you may have carpet that need to be updated, but you're short of cash.They will also get more of an idea what the rooms are designed for.
As you can see furniture in a room has more appeal to a prospective buyer.
What a difference a bit of furniture can make, for a great impression.
Lots of small space strategies are about smart ideas that everyone can use in any space. Try these on for size.
Reduce clutter.But remember, clutter can take over and make you crazy. Although we often hear this advice in reference to small spaces where every inch counts, no one in a home of any size should be hanging on to too many things they don't need. It's not just about the physical space, clutter really does send a mental message, too! Whether or not your realise it, stacks and piles and covered surfaces are stressful to look at. Having a home for everything you own (and putting it there) will save you tons of mental and physical energy.
Buy smaller multiples items. Instead of one big item. Buy multiples of smaller items. This is great advice for people who don't have the room for a large coffee table in their living room. So just buy two or three smaller ones.
Repurpose what you already have. Just because you have plenty of space, doesn't mean you always need to look to the shop to solve a missing piece in your decor. Finding a new place for an old item is a good space saving measure and it can also lend a unique vibe. Just use your imagination.
Mix in visually light furniture. Visually light furniture is a good way to make your space look less crowded when you need to cram in a lot, but it's also a great way to make your look balanced overall even if you have plenty of room.
Know the power of hooks. Hanging your clothes on hangers is fine but if you really want everything at your fingertips and right in front of your eyes, hooks are your friend. Another hook perk? Kids (and messy adults) are much more likely to hang something easily on an available hook than they are to find and wrangle a hanger.
Exerts from Apartment Therapy