Konmari vs. Hygge

In the past few years, we've seen a dramatic increase in followers of the Konmari method. Marie Kondo penned "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up," the best-selling book that outlines her method of tidying and organizing. The title alone implies that something magical will happen when you get your life in order, and with that assumption I completely agree. (As a Professional Organizer, I have to agree, right?!) 

Let me preface this by saying that I do find tremendous value in the Konmari method. Decluttering is an essential of organization; you do not need to buy expensive organizing systems to create order; you can't store your clutter somewhere else and consider it gone (your parent's home, a storage unit, etc.); have gratitude for the things you own, and fill your home with things that bring you joy. I lost interest, however, at the mention of putting bookcases in closets so that everything is nicely hidden away. WAIT, WHAT? I can't even have my books on display?! If being a hoarder is the far left of the organizational spectrum, then Konmari feels like the minimalist far right. I don't want to live in a stark white box. I want to live in a perfectly composed HOME. 

This is where hygge comes in. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish word for "cozy," although the word implies much more to the Danes. Hygge is a way of living. It is filling your life with comfort, happiness, warmth, love, friendship, and really good lighting. That feeling when you've finished skiing, walk into a gorgeous mountainside lodge, and sip a hot toddy by a roaring fire - that's hygge! And that is exactly how I want to feel when I walk into my home. Soft blankets, lit candles, a neat stack of books, a photo from our last vacation - I want these things out where I can see them! How can they spark joy if they're tucked neatly away in a closet? 


Minimalist Interiors

the clean lines of minimalism can be beautiful.

the clean lines of minimalism can be beautiful.

a home doesn't need to be sparse in order to be tidy.

a home doesn't need to be sparse in order to be tidy.


Hyggelig Interiors

flowers, a candle, & a cup of tea - very cozy!

flowers, a candle, & a cup of tea - very cozy!

An inviting breakfast nook has all the elements of hygge. Photo: Christine McCall

An inviting breakfast nook has all the elements of hygge. Photo: Christine McCall


And the winner is? My idea of a perfectly composed life starts with the fundamentals learned from the Konmari method - declutter, simplify, create order, express gratitude, spark joy - all of which make room for your home to become truly hyggeligt.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing more on the essentials of hygge, complete with incredible giveaways to help you bring some hygge into your life! Make sure to follow along on Instagram!