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Simple Ways to Cozy Up At Home

It’s the time of the year when winter can start to lose it’s magic. The holidays have come and gone, and for many, the snow has started to wear out it’s welcome. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make the most of the cozy days ahead.

In Nordic countries, where the winters are long and dark, they embrace the opportunity to make the most of quiet simple moments. This mindset is such a big part of their culture that even have words for it. In Danish,the word “hygge” (pronounced HOO-ga) is used to describe “the feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life”. Germans have a similar concept called gemütlichkeit.

Although hygge is not limited to winter, it is often associated with the things such as sitting by a warm fire, lighting candles, or inviting a friend over for coffee.

If the winter has been getting you down, here are some simple things you can do at home to get back into the sprit of coziness that this time of year allows.

1. Light Candles
Give your home a sense of warmth by lighting candles around your home. If you have a fireplace, make the most of it during these colder months.

2. Bring the Outdoors In
Bring a little nature into your home. Doing so could be as simple as using pinecones and evergreens in a centerpiece, repurposing dried tree branches in decor, or picking up some fresh flowers to display in a central room.

3. Select a Scent
Give your home a comforting atmosphere by choosing a  scent to set the mood. Weather you use potpourri, candles, or essential oils, you can say that coziness is quite literally “in the air”.

4. Choose Soft Textures

The textures in your home  can also have a significant impact on the feeling you have when hibernating in the winter months. Pulling out plush rugs, soft couch pillows, and fluffy blankets can make cuddling up with a good book or movie even more inviting.

5. Warm up the Oven

Winter can be a great time to make the most of your kitchen. Although holiday party season is over, that doesn’t mean you can’t still whip up some cookies, try your hand at homemade bread, or prepare a hearty winter soup.

6. Share Your Space
It is common to have friends and family over during November and December of the holidays, but February is just as lovely of a time to come together. Create hygge by inviting some friends over for dinner, games, or just tea and conversation.