I think it is fairly easy for most of us to apply a cozier way of living when it is dark and grey outside and winter has covered the ground with snow and ice (for more on what "hygge" actually means read here). Now, that the first spring flowers are popping up outside, it is just as important to have that slower, gentle mindset of togetherness and comfort, yet it may not come quite as easy to some of us. Spring generally fills us with new energy - which is great - but it sometimes leads us to over-doing things. A hygge lifestyle can help us to use that springtime energy to re-load our batteries and make them last.
On a recent Instagram post I asked my friends which hyggelig habits they carry over from winter into spring. Together with my own favorites, I put together a little list for you:
Fill your vases with fresh flowers. Talk about a botanical pick-me up. Nothing combines the new season and a cozy home as well as fresh blooms. This doesn't have to be expensive either. You may be able to find beautiful flowers and blooming twigs on your morning walks. Personally, I love "Baby's breath", which is simple, cheap and just lovely.
Have a "hyggekrog". Roughly translated, this means a cozy nook or corner in your home. A place to snuggle up. Around christmas time, most people have their houses filled with pillows, blankets, dimmed lights, candlelight and more, but once spring rolls around a lot of these things make way to a more "airy" way of decorating. While, I love that "fresh air" that comes with spring cleaning, I also make sure to have a "hyggekrog" ready. Adding a second baby, I even bought a new comfy chair, that I have decorated with linen-covered pillows and a wool blanket to sit in and nurse. Later, I plan on adding it to the dining area.
Don't neglect the wool just yet. Spring comes with rays of much needed sunshine. Yet, the air can still be chilly and mornings and evenings are crisp. Don't neglect the wool just yet. As a matter of fact, don't ever completely do! One of the nice things about wool is that it has warming and cooling effects, making it the perfect natural fiber to wear year round. So keep the booties, the socks, the cardigans and blankets around. Maybe invest in a wonderfully cozy wool/silk blend tank for the new season.
As a matter of fact, take your "hyggekrog" and your wool outside. One of my favorite things to do, is to enjoy the first signs of spring by sitting outside in a comfy chair, all bundled up and letting the spring sun shine on my nose. Before having kids, I would take my coffee and book out on the patio even when the days were still fairly cold. Now, I sit there and watch my daughter play. Also, I think these early spring days are perfect for first lunches outside with close-friends. Thankfully, a lot of restaurants nowadays provide blankets and the opportunity to take it outside as soon as the first signs of spring emerge. If you have young kids, that just want to run free, you may prefer packing a picnic and do a potluck style lunch with your friends in the park instead.
Coffee and tea is a good idea any time of the year. The smell of freshly brewed quality coffee is one of the sweetest scents to fill the morning air, wether it is December or April. This is one of the "hyggelig" things, I think we can all easily agree on. I enjoy mine, with some mellow slow jazz playing on the record player. We bought this vinyl recently and it has been spinning endlessly ever since. Another good idea is to sign up for a local coffee tasting, or barrista course. A lot of smaller coffee roasters offer great seminars and will do it exclusively for you and a few friends. Togetherness and coffee - "hygge" at its finest, really.
Going to the market and preparing simple, comforting foods. Some farmers markets are open year-round. However, it is never as wonderful to stroll through one, than it is in spring. Spring is the time of new-life. Even folk like me, that has everything but a green thumb, enjoys the season for its botanical possibilities. One of my favorite childhood memories is surely my father's dandelion salad around easter time. There is somethings so simple, yet profoundly peaceful in shopping at a local market and to go home and prepare a simple meal for your loved ones.
Candles. Even though one of the perks of the new season is, that the days are getting longer again, eventually they still come to an end. And so it goes without saying, that candlelight is a wonderful thing, every month of the year.
Spring bath with an open window. This is one of my personal spring and summer favorites. To take a hot, relaxing bath, but to open the window (depending on the weather and your location more or less). There is something so comforting and mindful to just soak and listen to the birds chirping outside, to raindrops hitting leaves, or to whatever noises are typical for your home.
This list is a wonderful start, but certainly not all-inclusive. Please share your favorite springtime "hygge" habits with me in the comment section below. I would love to hear them all.