Now that you have a better understanding of the basic concepts of hygge and its connection to your home, we can start to take things further to help you in the implementation of the various aspects. By doing so, you will eventually find yourself living in a space that is not only your own but is functional, calming, and serves its purpose, no matter what that may be.
You have to admit, that does sound pretty special.
Getting Things Started
The first thing for you to do is to consider the space as this plays a central role in hygge. You may think that your home is already all laid out with different ideas for the rooms, but are you happy with them? Does it lend to the overall flow of your home? More on that later.
You also need to think about each room on a smaller scale and as an individual. Not sure what we mean? Well, let’s explain it a bit better.
Take the living room as an example; you may even be sitting in your living room as you read this post. Look around you and what do you see? How do you see the function of the room? Does it serve every purpose that you think you will need in this room? How does it feel to you? Is it comforting or does it have no real character? Is it lacking soul?
Don’t worry; it’s not as bad as it sounds at this point.
For most people, a living room will provide a space to entertain guests. There may be a stereo and speakers, television is pretty much guaranteed, and all of this means that space has a function. There will also be comfortable chairs for people to relax on and you may have even thought about how the chairs are positioned so that everybody can see one another without any difficulties.
However, are you missing out on anything?
Look at each corner of the space by the fireplace. Are they being used or are they just left abandoned and vacant? If this is the case, then you aren’t doing it right, and something needs to be addressed.
This is not to say that each part of a room needs to have its use, but what use is the living room if you have potentially noisy things and yet you want some peace? You have comfortable chairs in the living room. You can have the warm, snug fire on in the winter keeping you cozy so why would you then have to go elsewhere if you wanted that peaceful setting?
This is where the concept of space and functionality comes into its own. That is where the concept of hygge can effectively come to your rescue.
Taking the Concept of Functional Space Further
At this point, we will stay in the living room, although the ideas and concepts that we are discussing can easily be applied to different rooms throughout your home.
Stand in the doorway to your living room and look around you. Where are things situated? Can you access everything in the room without too much difficulty? Are there points that you just do not use?
Do you find that as you move around the room, you are constantly banging into things as the place is overcrowded? Does the room bring you any kind of peace or serenity?
Some questions need to be addressed here, but they are all pertinent if you are serious about adopting hygge into your life and your home. There should be a sense of flow, a feeling of ease as you move around. You should be aware of what the purpose is of any given space at any given time, or even just what it could be turned into in an instant.
Hygge teaches you that there is no point in having that dining table and chairs if it’s crushed into a corner never to be used. It gets even worse if the tabletop is covered in objects and just taking up space. There’s no point in having a room that feels as if it is almost going to suffocate you because of the multitude of objects that are contained within it.
But how do you change this? What approach is best for you to take?
Well, the entire idea of this chapter is just to get you thinking about not only each room but each corner of the room along with each object. You need to do this following the principles of mindfulness as that alone is known to soothe the mind.
Drawing Up Your Plan of Functionality
With hygge, there is a real sense of you putting some thought into each action and decision that you make in your home. Doing things in a rushed manner without thinking about it is just a sign of the chaotic world that we tend to live in—a world that we are so desperately trying to extract ourselves from.
It’s fair to assume that if our home life is chaotic and without function, then the rest of our life is probably the same. There is a need for you to feel connected to space. That you, and anybody else, can identify what space is for and are free to use it for that purpose.
How can that happen if you have no idea what is going on?
Now, we aren’t saying that you need to walk around the home like some kind of surveyor and spend an extraordinary length of time studying all of this, but by the same measures, this isn’t something to be done in an instant.
You see a plan of functionality ties in with something that we will be addressing later on, which is organization and space following the ideas of hygge. However, you need to know the function of a room to then know how to organize it, or else you will just confuse yourself from the outset.
Also, this is not something that you can do on your own. Instead, there has to be a consultation with everyone that will be using the space, or you can easily find one individual not best pleased with a room, and those negative feelings are not by what you are hoping to achieve.
The Conclusion Regarding Functionality
It’s understandable if you feel that this entire concept of functionality is rather confusing as it can be a difficult idea to get a grip on at first. However, as it plays a central role in the entire idea of hygge in and around the home, then you need to spend time studying it.
To help, these points are the key things to always have at the forefront of your mind, and knowing them may make it easier for you to move forward and apply the rules to your own home.
- Functionality means you know what the room is being used for.
- Consider breaking down the room into smaller areas and their function.
- Remember, a room can have more than one function.
- Have a clear idea of where things will go in a room.
- Once you understand the functionality, you can then start to work on the space.
- Objects are related to functionality.
As we said, when you are aware of the function of a space, you are then able to move onto the next point, which is starting to deal with your belongings, and, once again, this is an important part of hygge.