Embracing Hygge in the Spring

Spring Hygge

Danish Hygge is a mood – hard to define, but nice to experience. It is a way of living, a way of decorating, of eating, of thinking, of organizing, being social, and so much more. Hygge isn’t just for winter! Keep the cozy going with these 7 spring hygge ideas.


Pick some spring flowers and place them around the house or add them to your table setting. Nothing says springtime like a fresh vase of flowers.
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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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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

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

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

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

9 Tips to Start Decluttering the Danish Way

declutter hygge Lena Bentsen
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.

Clutter sneaks up on you quietly, without a sound. Suddenly, it is there and has taken over your life. The goal is to create a home that supports your well-being and is free of clutter – a home ready to help you create the mood of Danish Hygge, and a life with more freedom. Continue reading