As April began it was with a little sadness that I accepted that Summer had bypassed us this year in Wellington. With a near miss from a cyclone this Easter and more days indoors impending, I thought it's high time to start rethinking my routine in order to keep energised for the upcoming Winter.
With the changing of the seasons I find it's a good excuse to reorganise and revamp. A good way to start is to put away your summer dresses and shorts. I take this time to look at any clothes from last season that I didn't wear; if they didn't make the shortlist this year, it's not likely I'll wear them next Summer either! Pack those unworn clothes up and donate them to your local opshop. I find that reorganising always lifts my mood and brings a new energy to a living space.
Now that the weather is getting colder it's important to keep our indoor environment as cosy as possible; to counteract the harshness of outdoors. If we look to Denmark you'll find the Danes have really embraced this concept. In fact last year the rest of the world finally discovered the Danish concept of hygge; an approach to life that has been around in Denmark for centuries. Pronounced "hoo-gah", this Danish word has no direct translation in English but is supposed to be close to what we know as cosiness. Hygge is about embracing the moment; recognising the sweet and cosy experiences life gives us. With seasonal affective disorder, SAD, affecting over 10% of the population hygge gives us some headway to keeping it at bay!
So with this cold season let's really embrace hygge. Pull out the Winter blankets for snuggling up under and dust off your heaters. Investing in some plush wool blankets really ups the comfort level of the home and is a worthwhile spend. Keeping to a warm range of colours; oranges, deep reds, is also a good idea as it tricks our brain into feeling that bit warmer! Soft cushions and rugs, for those of you who have wooden floors or cold tiles, are other essential items. If making the whole house warm and comfy is too costly then concentrate on the one area that you spend the majority of your relaxation time.
Why not add some more greenery to your home? In the cooler weather most people tend not to spend as much time outdoors so bringing a little bit of nature inside keeps us a little closer to it. Plants are great for cleaning the air and bringing some fresh colour to a room.
As there isn't as many hours of daylight the way we light our home is very important. Keeping your lighting soft and dim really changes the way a room looks, it takes all those sharp tones away. Turn off your ceiling lights and use lamps, candles and if you are lucky enough to have one- light up the fire!
Now that your home is feeling cosy let's take a look at your lounge wear. Do you have some soft and comfy clothes that you look forward to changing into when you come home? If not then you should get yourself some. Big fat knitted jumpers and socks are perfect for getting into the spirit of hygge. Accompany with some loose merino pants and you'll start to remember why Winter is great.
Once you have cosied up your home and your attire, it's time to think about cooking up some good heart warming food. There is nothing better than coming home on a cold day to a dinner that's been stewing up nicely in the slow-cooker ............. keep an eye on our facebook page next week for our slow-cooker recipe! Even better again when you have some company to share your delicious dinner with- Winter is the perfect time for gathering at home for a feast: So don't forget to keep socialising over the chilly months and enjoy this lovely season!