I have decided to start a new seasonal blog post series called How to Hygge Guide, and my first one will be on incorporating Hygge into the glorious season of Spring! I’m excited to share some of my thoughts on one of my favorite concepts.
Do you know what Hygge means?
It’s a Danish/Norwegian word defined as a quality of coziness that gives you a feeling of contentment, and conviviality. It’s spending time with people you love; it’s the warmth of a mug of hot coffee in your hands on a crisp morning, it’s an awareness, an appreciation for the small, cozy moments of life.
Spring is a lovely time to start practicing hygge habits. Springtime hygge is a simple affair; it’s taking the time to pause and breathe in fresh air after a long winter, the feeling of green grass under your feet, the scent of lilacs on the breeze, it’s the earth waking up after a long season of quiet.
Now keep in mind, these are habits and things that put me in a hygge mood. Do let me know what some of YOUR Spring hygge practices are!
My Hygge Habits | Spring Edition
Air bedding outdoors.
I love to wash all of my bedding, including blankets and let them dry outdoors in the sunshine. Nothing beats the smell of fresh sunlight, and it’s a quintessential spring experience for me.
In the springtime, wild Morel mushrooms pop up in our woods, and it resembles a treasure hunt to find them! Click here for a video of my family and I hunting for mushrooms last year. And, here’s my favorite Mushroom Soup Recipe.
There’s something about jumping into the car on a Sunday afternoon and just driving. Sometimes we stop at a park and let the kids play, other times we drive by creeks and pick flowers, or enjoy the open road.
I strongly feel that picnics can and should be held year round, in all seasons and weather. Is a rainy spring day keeping you indoors? Pack a thermos of hot tomato soup, a loaf of crusty bread, a warm sweater and see if your local park has a gazebo or covered picnic area, and enjoy the sound of rain and a warm lunch outdoors.
I homeschool my children, and one of our favorite things to do in the Spring is to take long rambles in the woods, identifying wild plants and learning about nature.
Open the windows.
Open the windows on a warm day, light some candles and air the house out. Leave some windows open at night and enjoy the fresh air as you sleep. If you’re like me and live in a northern climate, be sure and pile on some extra blankets as it still gets nippy in the Spring!
I adore fresh flowers, and a bouquet of fresh lilacs just can’t be beaten! I love picking wildflowers and growing my own. Here are some tips on keeping cut flowers fresh!
I hope this hygge guide Spring edition helps you to experience and incorporate hygge in your Spring! Now, remember, hygge is a feeling, and you can’t buy it. It’s meant to be an experience, and I believe that it’s often felt when surrounded by family, dear friends, good food, and nature. Explore what hygge and cozy living mean to you!