The Holiday Shopping Season

The Holiday Shopping SeasonBlack Friday is the beginning of the holiday shopping season with sales at just about every store. Instead of rushing out to buy more items that you don’t actually need, why not consider decluttering your living space and spending some Hygge time with your family and friends?

When we do not know where things are in our homes, we are obviously not aware of what we own so we keep adding new possessions instead of finding the ones that we already have. When we go to the store, we randomly buy bits and pieces because we think that they will transform our home into a dream. The truth is that it will only contribute to the clutter because too many things are already adding to the confusion.

When we start confronting our stuff, cleaning up, organizing, and decluttering, we begin to experience the amazing feeling of freedom that comes from living in a home that reflects the best part of us! We will also feel more comfortable about entertaining guests in our home.

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Clear Out Your Closet – The 80/20 Rule

Clear Out Your Closet by Lena Bentsen
Are you tired of opening your wardrobe every day and not knowing what to wear because there is not enough clothing that feels right? Clear out your closet! If you would like to know how to distinguish between clothing to be kept and what needs to be removed, read on…

I would like to help you experience the beautiful feeling of freedom that comes from having a wardrobe holding only your very best clothing and accessories – your treasures. A wardrobe with only your treasures is a step towards Danish Hygge. Since 2005, I have helped numerous families get a unique home with spirit, charm and Danish Hygge by cleaning up, organizing and decorating with care and I share the method with you in my latest book, Enjoy Your Wardrobe. Here are some short tips from the book.

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Goodbye Clutter, Hello Freedom Paperback now Available!

Goodbye Clutter, Hello Freedom
Great news! My book, Goodbye Clutter, Hello Freedom: How to create space for Danish Hygge and Lifestyle by cleaning up, organizing and decorating with care is now available in a print version on Amazon. You can find it here.

Danish Hygge is about caring, and when we do not care for our surroundings, clutter begins to spread its way into our lives, and Hygge is no longer a possibility. The good news is that we can deliberately change this situation. When you start caring about your home and your surroundings you will find that you have much more time for fun and Hygge. Once you know what you appreciate, where your stuff is, and can understand the difference between what is good and what is bad for you to own, you will be free to enjoy the life you that you truly deserve. Start now and experience the amazing feeling of freedom that comes from living in a home that reflects the best part of you! Continue reading

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The 3 Categories of Clear Out

3 categories of clear out

If you have decided to get even with your clutter, you have also decided to clear out and get rid of a whole lot of things. Otherwise, you simply will not get any closer to your goal.

If a particular item is still usable, there are always alternatives to throwing it in the trash. I do not want to encourage wastefulness, only thoughtfulness. At the same time, I would like to point out that a lot of what we save in our homes, unfortunately is nothing but garbage. For many things, it would be impossible to find someone who would want to take them off your hands.

Things to remove from your life can roughly be divided into 3 categories: Continue reading

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Start the New Year by Decluttering

Start the New Year by Decluttering

Why not start 2017 by decluttering? Caring about your home and your surroundings will allow you to experience the amazing feeling of freedom that comes from living in a home that reflects the best part of you! And by cleaning up and prioritizing your time so that you can keep yourself organized every day, you will find that you have much more time for fun and Hygge. And that’s what we all really want!

To help you get started, read my article: 9 Tips to Start Decluttering the Danish Way

If you want to find out more, check out my book, Goodbye Clutter, Hello Freedom.

I wish you all much love and hygge for 2017!

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Christmas is Coming… what to do with all those Christmas gifts?

Christmas Gifts
Christmas is not only a time for giving, but also of consumerism. Of course we all love giving and receiving Christmas gifts, but before you rush out to start your shopping, consider what giving gifts might mean for your recipient. Rather than contributing to other people’s guilty clutter, why not rather buy gifts that can be exchanged or enjoyed, such as chocolate, bottles of wine, flowers, or other perishable goodies.

Some of us have clutter in our houses from gifts already received for many years. Trust me, there are expiry dates on gifts and gratitude as well. People give each other the weirdest things, things that no one wishes for, but everyone gives as friendly gestures. We keep them because we are afraid of offending the person who gifted it or because it might have been expensive. It can be anything from standard, boring gifts for the hostess to personal presents. Continue reading

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The Two Types of Clutter: Active and Passive Clutter

The Two Types of Clutter: Active and Passive
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There are two kinds of clutter: Active clutter and passive clutter.

You probably have quite a lot of passive clutter in your home and you would like to do away with it. In the beginning, it was just a collection of different things that you were using. This is active clutter. They became passive clutter the very moment that you no longer needed them and forgot to put them away. That is how a pile of items actually turns into clutter.

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Our Surroundings Affect Us

Our Surroundings Affect Us - Danish Hygge
Whether we want to admit it or not, we are affected by our surroundings. The old saying, “clothes make a man” could just as well say, “surroundings make a man.” Our behavior changes according to our surroundings and circumstances. In a museum we walk nicely and quietly. On a picnic it is okay to fool around and get dirty.

When it is already messy in our homes, we give up in advance on putting things in place and might end up simply putting them in whatever pile is nearest. In orderly surroundings, we tend to behave in a more orderly fashion. Continue reading

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Finding Freedom for Hygge

Finding Freedom for Hygge
By learning some new techniques for thoroughly cleaning up and prioritizing your time so that you can keep yourself organized every day, you will find that you have much more time for fun and Hygge.

In Denmark, social gatherings with friends almost always take place at home and that’s why we, as a nation, are exceedingly passionate about our homes. Many clutter-heads think that orderly people run around all day, cleaning up. They could not be more wrong. Orderly people have simply realized that clutter steals too much energy. It must, therefore, be kept to a minimum. Continue reading

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8 Reasons to Declutter (that you may never have considered)

8 Reasons to Declutter - Danish Hygge
Clutter drains your energy
Clutter drains you of energy so that you do not bother to clean up. We all experience times in life when we do not have the energy to do much more than just care for ourselves. During these times just getting up and making a bit of food is a challenge. Clutter definitely does not make a situation like this better. Quite the contrary. Continue reading

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