5 Simple Ways To Live Hygge For Busy Moms

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Motherhood, Organization
on September 3, 2017

I have been reading a lot lately about the Danish tradition of Hygge, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the concept.  Just in case you’ve never heard of Hygge before, Hygge is best defined as,

“the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive; to create well-being, connection, and warmth; a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other; celebrating every day.”

Doesn’t that describe what we all want in our life, and isn’t it really your main goal as a mom?  To create meaningful memories and traditions; build a cozy, creative home for your family; & be able to cherish moments with your family each and every day?

Well, today I’m going to give you 5 Action Steps you can take today to be on your Hygge-living way!

Let’s get started….

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The concept of ‘living Hygge’ comes from Denmark, where according to studies the Danes are the happiest people in the world.  They are extremely happy and satisfied with life, even though they have dark, bleak winter days for over half the year.

As the temperatures begin to cool here in Michigan, I begin to crave cozy sweaters, apple cider, and falling leaves.  Fall is my favorite season, but we all know what comes right behind fall.  Winter….du, du, du!!!!

My sweet hubby and I have begun to adopt some of the concepts of Hygge-living over the last few years, and I have to say, we have begun to enjoy each season, make more memories together, and have learned to slow down and relax guilt-free!!!

I’d love to share with you today 5 easy ways you can begin incorporating the Hygge way of life into your home, even if you are a busy mom, working 12 hour shifts like I am, or if you feel like you are knee-deep in legos, dirty dishes, and diapers.  You can do it too, dear friend.  And, I’m going to show you how.

Declutter Your Space

One thing that the Danes to is they celebrate their space.  They create cozy, livable homes.  They light candles, sit by the fire, collect board games and books, and always have a plethora of chocolate on hand just in case.

My first action step for you {and for me…let’s be honest here!} is to declutter your space.  The Danes fill their homes with things they love.  They don’t tolerate clutter.  It creates more to do lists and more things to clean.  We don’t have time for that, now do we?

So, how about we tackle the clutter together?  Let’s take it one room at a time.  Spend 15 minutes a day if you can, or maybe just 15 minutes a week if that’s more doable.  Get your kids involved.  Grab a laundry basket and start filling it with items that are out-of-place, outdated, trash, or need to be donated.

Before you know it, your space will cleaner and brighter.  There will be less mess to pick up after and clean.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s worth 15 minutes a day.

But, dear friend, the key is to not accept items back into your home again that don’t excite you and inspire you.  Bag up the old clothes that you’re not wearing anymore to donate.  Sort through the kid’s toys, and donate what they don’t play with anymore.  Focus on just making room for the necessities….that’s the key.

All this talk about decluttering leads me right into my next action step for ya…

Get Organized

It’s no secret around these parts that I love my Erin Condren Life Planner.  Using the life planner for the last 2 years, has not only helped me organize my time, but it’s also helped me prioritize what’s really important including time for relaxing.

Maybe you’re not a paper planner kinda gal, that’s ok.  If you like your digital calendar more, or are more my speed with stickers, colorful pens, and such let’s spend this time focusing on organizing our time.

Let’s take a look at our planners and search for “white space”.  You know what I mean.  Those open hours in your day, week, or month that you are just dying to fill with activities and events.  Ha!  Yeah, right!  Most of you are probably rolling your eyes and saying, “there is no such ‘white space’ in my calendar.  You’re in la la land, lady!”.  I hear ya.

If your schedule is that filled to the brim, take a good hard look at it and ask yourself, is there something that I can say ‘no’ to?  Do you really need to volunteer in the classroom as often as you do?  Do you need to attend every party, shower, or event you’re invited to?  Do your kids need to be in every activity/sport known to man?

Sweet, mama!  You’re running yourself ragged.  I like this quote from my friend Lara Casey who is a successful business owner, blogger, mommy to 3, & a doctor’s wife…

“You can’t do it all, and do it all well.”

Summer Goal Setting

How true is that?  So, in this action step, can I encourage you dear friend to really examine your schedule.  Block out some family time.  Plan a movie night at home with the kids, a build-your-own pizza dinner, or a game night in front of the fireplace.  Jot down some possible times when you can get some alone time for a quick workout, or a manicure, or time to just go grab a cup of coffee with a friend.

It’s so imperative for our health and well-being that we take the time to actually enjoy our families and enjoy our lives.  You need time to yourself, time to recharge so you can be the best mommy you can be.  Don’t feel guilty about this.  You are a person too.

Take the time to really walk through this action step, sit your hubby down and talk about your needs, and come up with a plan together.  This for the good of your entire family.  And, if you need more inspiration about how to organize your life planner click here.

 

Adopt Healthy Habits and Routines

This action step kinda goes along with getting organized, doesn’t it?  As you work on decluttering your space and getting organized you’ll find that you begin to have more time for other things.  So, that’s when good healthy habits and routines come into play.

What if you could set yourself up with good morning and evening routines to make your days run smoother and be as stress-free as possible?  What if you could actually enjoy cuddling on the couch with your hubby once the kids were in bed, or enjoying a nice long bubble bath without having kiddos peaking at you through the crack under the door?

Does that sound like a dream?  Well, friend, that’s living Hygge.

Once you take the time to ducks in order, then you have more free time to slow down, relax, and enjoy those little things in life that you miss so much.

First, let’s talk about what you could do the night before that could make the next day easier.  Things like wash the dishes so they’re not piled up in the sink…which causes me a lot of anxiety in the morning. Making sure your clothes are clean and prepared for the next day.  Packing lunches, and reviewing your to-do list.  These are all great ideas! 

I feel more relaxed when I know that I’m prepared for the next day.  How about you?  What types of things can you add to your evening routine to make your life easier?  

Let’s not stop there, let’s tackle those hectic mornings as well.

My ideal morning would start with a big ole cup ‘o coffee and some quiet time.  I like to read simple and quick devotionals in the morning, like the new Write the Word Journals pictured below.  I feel like quiet time sets my morning off right.

Write the Word Bible Journals

My ideal morning would also include, a good workout, a healthy breakfast, and actually getting dressed in something other than my pajamas.  But mornings, admittedly, are where I struggle.  I am a night owl, and would rather stay all snuggly in bed rather than get up. However, I know how good I feel after a good workout, a healthy breakfast, and some quiet reading/prayer time.  

Imagine waking up refreshed every morning, enjoying a cup of coffee, and spending some time reading and getting inspired in some devotional time.  Imagine being able to practice yoga, actually change out of your pajamas, slap some makeup on your face, and brush your teeth all before you become overwhelmed by the day’s demands.

Doesn’t that sound like an ideal morning?  Sigh.  My mornings are far from this. So, how do we get them there?  

Take some time now to write out what your ideal morning would look like and what you could do the night before to make that a possibility.  I heard a blogger recently say that she’s learned to “wake up before her kids, not to her kids”.  She described her peaceful quiet morning when she takes the time to wake up before her kids, versus the chaos that ensues when she sleeps in.

This is a tough area for me.  How about for you?  Are you an early riser?  I wish I could be energetic and enthusiastic in the morning.  It’s a work in progress.

Take a couple of these tasks and try doing them for a week and see how you feel.  Work in small batches, rather than trying to overhaul your life overnight.  You got this!

Write the Word Bible Journals

Start New Family Traditions

Yay!  Now on to the fun stuff!  Let’s talk family traditions!

Go ahead and sit down with your family and write out some seasonal bucket lists.  This is the project that started our living Hygge journey.  What ways would you and your family like to celebrate each season.  Maybe you’d like to include holiday traditions in this list as well.

Vacations and adventures are also very Hygge, so encourage your kids to write out their travel/adventure bucket lists with your help, of course.  Maybe they’d love to visit the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C., or swim with dolphins in the Bahamas. Maybe you’d like to take them to the Crayola Factory or the Chocolate Factory in Pennsylvania.  Plan out some adventures and trips you’d like to tackle before your kids are grown up.  Then start pricing them out and budgeting to make them a reality.

Take a look at you every day life.  Are there simple traditions you could start during the day with your family?  How about coloring at the kitchen table while you prepare dinner?  How about playing music in your home throughout the day, and lighting some candles to add to the cozy Hygge feel.

You could add weekly traditions as well like date nights for you and your hubby, family movie night on Friday’s, a trip to the park every Sunday after church, etc.  Remember traditions don’t have to be expensive.  These little things like you coloring with them while the pot roast bubbles in the oven are the memories they’ll cherish.  And, you will too!

Start simple, and add and change traditions as your family grows. You will never get these days back, so make the most of them.  Show yourself some grace, and forgive yourself for the things that you simply cannot do.  Relax and take a deep breath knowing that your family is loved and cared for.  You’re doing a great job.

Take Time For Yourself

And, last but certainly not least, set aside some time for yourself.  Write down a list of things that get you excited and make you feel fulfilled.  Do you enjoy photography and blogging?  Do you like pampering yourself or splurging on fancy nights out with your girlfriends?  Maybe you like to craft and be creative in some way? Jot all those ideas down and share those with your husband.

Take a peek at your morning and evening routines and see if there is some time in there to spend just with yourself doing something you love.  Pencil in a girls night out or a shopping day in your planner.  Ask grandma to come over to babysit, or a friend.  If you have help in your parenting journey, then that is wonderful. Use that help.  Trust me, those grandma’s, aunt’s, or friend’s will thank you!

If you have little ones and don’t have any help or don’t feel comfortable leaving them, then use nap time as your special time.  Light a candle, cuddle up on the couch, read a book or binge watch that show you’ve been dying to see.  Use that as your mommy time.  The dishes and the laundry can wait.  Use this time to feed your soul.  You need this time.

One of my favorite “me times” is going to our local mall, sipping away on an iced coffee while I window shop.  Sometimes I’ll buy a LUSH bath bomb and a dark chocolate marshmallow cup at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  I gather up the newest Pottery Barn Catalogs and rest my feet awhile on their comfy sofas.  And, I may or may not enjoy a quick-lunch at the new Chick Filet.  I think I could eat Chick Filet every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly satisfied.

I then look forward to a relaxing evening nibbling on my chocolate treat, enjoying a colorful relaxing glittery bath, watching some reality TV or a chick flick, and going googly-eyed over my Pottery Barn catalogs.  It’s a simple monthly tradition that I look forward to immensely.

What would you do if you had an afternoon to yourself?

I hope that as you work through these 5 action steps that you discover the importance of slowing down, being more organized, and giving yourself time to relax.  Living Hygge can be a gift you give yourself and your family as you create lasting memories and traditions in your cozy home.

So, what do you say?   Are you ready to start living hygge?

For more ways to Live Hygge today check out this post, and join my 14 Day Hygge Challenge for Moms below!

14 Day Hygge Challenge

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Learn how to slow down, find joy in the simple things, and start new meaningful family memories with this 14 Day Challenge inspired by the Danish tradition of Living Hygge!

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