Understanding the Meaning of Items
By understanding the actual meaning of items, it allows us to better find their purpose in our lives. Remember, we can all develop various attachments to items that do not serve any need, and yet that is often deemed to be enough for us to hold onto them for a ridiculous period.
The result is an accumulation of clutter that we have artificially attached ourselves to and that’s not exactly going to make life easy for us when it comes to us trying to sort both your home and life out.
Of course, this should never lead to you just throwing objects out because you feel that you have to, just as we covered in the previous post. Instead, hygge in this context is all about being at one with the object and truly understanding what it means.
You are never going to throw everything out because you feel that you now need to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. That’s not the idea at all.
So, what do you do?
Let’s go through some examples.
Getting Back to Basics with Items
Often, one can have an item that has sentimental value, but where do those sentiments come from, and what is their role in your life? Does the item bring you happiness, or does it weigh you down with the expectation that you should keep it?
As you can imagine, the first part is following the idea of hygge, and being weighed down is very anti-hygge and should be avoided.
Now, this may seem to be a tiring issue to get involved in, but the truth is that working through the basic reasons behind you having an item can be rather healing. It can help you to release some inner emotions and feelings and bring a sense of happiness and fulfillment that may have otherwise been missing, and who could ever see that as being a bad thing?
Okay, that all sounds slightly hippy-esque, and it’s otherwise been missing, and who could ever see that as being.
Often, we can have items in our possession that have little personal meaning to us. However, we feel obliged to hold onto them for fear of upsetting others. This will tend to lead to our homes being filled with objects that we don’t want, and that alone is going to give us some stress.
To deal with this situation, you need to be prepared to spend time thinking carefully about each item and the role that it plays. We mentioned this in brief in the previous chapter, but thanks to the position it holds in the Danish concept of hygge and bringing peace to the home, it’s worth talking about it again.
Looking at Objects More Closely
Here’s the problem with items we own at any point in our lives. If we kept everything that we have ever liked, then we would need a mansion just to store everything. Our homes would be crammed full of objects that, to be honest, have no real role other than some kind of sentimental value that may even have been lost to us.
Now, we aren’t saying that Danes don’t have those sentimental feelings; they do. However, they are more honest in what objects mean to them whereas we tend to be absorbed by those thoughts that go through our mind.
So, how do we recommend that you do this? How do you bring hygge into your home and adopt the methods used by the Danes?
Well, thankfully it’s easier than most expect, which should come as a relief to you. For most, the best approach is, to begin with taking just one room at a time. Of course, you already know what your planned function is for that room, so life is easier.
When looking at your objects in a room, please do consider the following points just to make life that bit easier:
- When did I last use it?
- Is it serving a purpose?
- What difference does it make to my life?
- Does it fit in with the idea I have surrounding the function of the room?
Ascertaining what should be kept, what should be moved or re-purposed, and what should be disposed of is important.
Considering the Sentimental Value
We mentioned earlier in the post that the sentimental value of an object is important, but just how big a role does it play in your life?
It’s clear that some people have attachments to objects more than others; we are all different, but you need to get to the root of these thoughts and feelings before you can go any further.
This also applies to those family heirlooms that we seem to gather. Now, they will often have some kind of meaning, but do you understand the true meaning? You would be surprised at how these items or those that we have a false sense of attachment to can clutter up our homes. All this does is add more items to a room and detracts us from the true function of the space.
So, what do you do? Well, as we have been doing throughout this post, there are some important points to consider and questions to ask yourself that should make this part smoother.
- Does it have genuine sentimental value, or is it forced on you?
- Is there another way you can keep the memory of the item?
- Is it serving a purpose?
- Does it fit in with the function of the room?
- Can it be moved elsewhere?
- What difference does it make to your life?
This isn’t about clearing out things for the sake of it; there’s more to it than that. However, the thing about hygge and the Danes is that they don’t believe in having objects in their home if there’s no genuine need for them. This is clutter, even if it means something to somebody else. We will look into clutter in another post.