I am always ready to get my Christmas decor packed away immediately after Christmas. Sometimes it even happens on Christmas evening. It’s not that I don’t love the way the Christmas lights twinkle and cast a magical glow in the evening. It’s really quite the opposite. I love the twinkle and glow of Christmas lights. It’s just that I am ready for a clean slate and a change of scenery.
So I pack everything carefully back into their tubs and feel good about all that I have accomplished. Everything is back in order and I love the idea of a clean slate! However, on the other hand, I find myself deeply missing the glow and twinkle of the Christmas tree.
So it’s usually soon after the holidays that the Winter blues begin to sneak in. It’s the idea that all of the celebration of the holidays is over and now we just have to survive the long, gray days of winter. Short of leaving on a jet plane to a white sandy beach somewhere much further south, decorating my home becomes a necessity to create joy. What I need is a cozy home environment that cultivates positivity and comfort to replace the abundant joy of the holiday season.
Cozy Home Hygge
Have you ever heard of the Danish word hygge? I’ll save you the Google search and let you know that it’s pronounced “hue-guh”. Which also means that I’ve basically been pronouncing it wrong in my head for like two years. It is claimed to be the reason that the Danish people are known to be some of the happiest people in the world. And it all has to do with living a cozy lifestyle.
I’ll admit, the state of my home has a much greater impact on my emotional state than what I truly have realized in the past. There is a direct correlation to the way my home is decorated and how it feels to my emotions and how I feel. While there is more to the hygge way of life than just your environment, I’d like to focus on that for today.
If you’re anything like me, you’re likely struggling with the fact that once all the Christmas decor has been taken down your home feels bare and cold. We need warmth and light! So today, I am sharing a few specific things you can incorporate into your decor to help promote positive energy and bring a sense of cozy feeling into your home.
Textured Blankets and Pillows
Nothing says cozy quite like the perfect soft cable knit throw blanket and a faux fur pillow. Go for a neutral color and don’t feel obligated to pack these items away with your Christmas decor. I say, these cozy pieces are good as long as the weather is chilly and snow is on the ground.
You all know that I am a Target girl through and through. If we ever need ANYTHING – it can be found at Target, I just know it. Kind of like how my dad always used to fix everything with WD-40. Target fixes everything. This throw is incredibly soft and is the perfect weight for those cold winter nights snuggled up by the fire. They also have quite a few faux fur pillows that I am loving for the perfect hygge home decor.
Just because Christmas is over does not mean that all of the greenery has to be put away. Save a few evergreen stems to leave in a vase or a bowl. Leave a couple of smaller naked Christmas trees out and call them “winter trees” – because they totally are!
Even finding a new house plant to place in your main living space is a great way to bring life and positivity to your space. House plants have many benefits including purifying the air, increasing focus, and deterring illness. A few house plants I might suggest are; Snake Plants, Fiddle Leaf Fig, and Majesty Palms.
Winter is cold and dark and can very easily evoke those emotions within us. Which is why the winter blues are a real thing. One way to bring warmth into your home is to light candles. When the sun begins to set in the evening, I will light a few candles around the house and I immediately begin to feel more at ease and at home.
If you have a fireplace, lighting the fire is going to generate a lot of warmth both physically and for your energy as well.
Lamps and Warm Lighting
This should be the first thing you approach when you are considering changes to make for a cozy home. In the evenings in our home, I rarely ever use the overhead lights. I will light candles and turn on lamps in all the rooms. I am very particular about the bulbs we use in our lighting as well. I steer clear of the fluorescent lights and anything that is cool or blue. Blue is a cool color and during the winter months I want warmth. So I always have warm light bulbs on hand. Additionally, your lamps should be positioned around the room in a way that creates a triangle of sorts. One lamp is not nearly enough to create a cozy feeling. You’ll probably just end up getting frustrated because it’s too dark.
Bring elements of nature from outside into your home. Elements like wood, greenery, flowers and dried herbs or flowers. During the winter, I like to bring life back into my home when everything in nature outdoors is hibernating. I do this by using elements like wood in various places to decorate. This also ties in closely with using greenery and plants in your cozy home decor for winter.
Winter in Kansas can be long. For some of us it’s really difficult to fight off anxiety and depression during these months. Creating a space that generates positive energy is one way to help combat the winter blues. As I mentioned before, hygge is more than just home decor. It’s difficult to translate clearly into english but it’s more about the feeling of cozy and gratitude that is created by one’s environment and action.
Here are some other ways to hygge:
- Sip a cup of coffee while listening to your favorite music
- Curl up in your favorite spot on the couch or chair and read a book
- Invite some friends over for a meal or a game
- Snuggle up with your pet and watch a movie
Additionally, other ways I have found that help to combat the winter blues are:
- Schedule something on the calendar that you can look forward to – it can be anything you love doing.
- On a nicer winter day when the sun is shining, make it a point to spend some time outdoors in the sun soaking up that vitamin D!
- Get some exercise. Go for a walk around the neighborhood.
- Soak in a bubble bath with a good book
- Declutter a drawer or a closet – that always makes me feel better
What things do you love to do to make your home feel cozy? I’d love to know!
And If you need me, I’ll be at my place working on my best hygge skills!
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