In my opinion, a home should ALWAYS be cozy, no matter the time of year. By now you've likely heard of the term "hygge". It's basically adding coziness but on a much deeper level: it's living life in small, beautiful, and simple ways. Here are a few simple ways to bring hygge into your life as we transition into spring.
1. Bring Some Flowers Home
Spring brings all of the vibrant and colorful flowers. Budget $5-10 each week (Trader Joe's) for some flowers. If you planted bulbs and have daffodils popping up soon then you're set, but if not, buy some flowers and sprinkle them around your home. Flowers have a lovely way of making a home feel peaceful and overall, sweeter. Artificial flowers are not recommended; real cut flowers have a delicate way of reminding us that life is a gift, moments are to be cherished. We won't be here together forever.
2. Plant Something
Take the time to plant a small garden, a flower bed, or maybe a cluster of potted succulents. Make it a family affair, name your new plants, and watch them grow. Stepping outside on those early spring mornings to water and tend to your plants gives you a moment to breathe. Working together to care for your plants as a family is a beautiful way to share moments together.
3. Have a Picnic
Here in Texas we have to take full advantage of our short spring before summer takes over. We will be packing up our lunches as often as possible and enjoying them outdoors as a family. A picnic doesn't have to be well thought out, or even planned. Grab some Chipotle and head to the park, or PB&J in the backyard.
4. Take a Walk
This one is pretty obvious, but never underestimate the simplicity of a walk.
5. Open Your Windows
Winter can make one crazy after a while, trapped inside your home trying to stay warm. If the humidity is down and the temperature is below 70 and above 55, open those windows and bring the fresh air in. Sit by a window with your coffee and a warm blanket and listen to the birds.
6. Hang Some Twinkle Lights
Christmas isn't the only time to hang up pretty lighting. Twinkle lights add a beautiful glow to evenings. Hang a strand in the backyard, above your bed, or maybe in your kitchen window?
7. Light a Candle
All seasons need candlelight. Snuggled on the couch with Netflix and your family, or gathered around your outdoor dining table with friends, light a few candles. There is something about how they flicker on a cool spring evening.
8. Sit Outside in the Sun and Close Your Eyes
Remember when you were a kid, you'd climb out of the pool and would feel a little cold so you'd lay on the warm cement to dry off? That was definitely hygge! In the spring it's too cool still, and you're probably too old now, but wear comfy clothes and just soak in the sun for a few minutes.
9. Bake Something
Fall and Winter are high baking seasons, but we always need baked treats! There is magic in the process, and a huge reward at the end. The smell will waft through your home, making it instantly warm. If you don't want to eat the goodies (#carbsarebad #sugarisevil) then gift some to a neighbor.
10. Write a Letter
Snail mail is rare these days, unless you count the obvious monthly bills. Maybe your best friend has a bday coming up, make a card and write a sweet note. If you're blessed to have a grandmother, write her a letter. Written communication takes a little more thought and time, just enough to slow down your busy day.