Update: January 2018 ~ I finally made Hygge & Lagom enough of a priority to feel able to judge them, with a few quiet snuggling days at home during the waning days of 2017. The verdict from this contented introvert: a firm 4 stars.
Note from the title that this one is an update, not my customary wrap-up. Having declared topic 24 as a focus on Hygge & Lagom, I don’t actually feel I’ve given either of these charming Swedish concepts a decent chance to boost my serenity.
Hygge was turned on its head by the arrival of new carpet in 80% of my home. I’ve waited ten years for this (we kept delaying it due to messy projects) so it’s hugely exciting. But evicting almost everything we own from its current location, then putting it back again a few days later, doesn’t exactly make for mellow, snuggly Sundays. I’m hoping today will finally take on some hygge qualities, but I can’t honestly pronounce on the effectiveness of this approach yet.
As for Lagom? Shame on me, but in the last two weeks I’ve spent more than I do in most months. Just enough has not really been uppermost in my mind. Alongside inevitable gift-buying, there have been two trips to Ikea to tame unruly closets. (They are now both beautiful and functional, but the credit card knows it’s had a good workout.) And I made some upgrades of things – like my suitcase and our artificial Christmas tree – which I’ve had for ages and were truly on borrowed time. The balding little tree would have been serviceable for another year or two, but I was in serious danger of spreading my undies on the carousel next time I fly.
With hindsight, this was a dubious time of year to select Lagom as a focus, but I do now plan to stick the word on my wallet and rein in the spending for the rest of December. And, now that the carpet dust has settled, I’m thrilled (and much in need) of some Hygge-filled hours.
So, no verdict on these concepts yet. I’ll update this post when I’ve given them a decent chance to nudge my serenity.
How is your December going? Are you feeling cozy or chaotic? Just-enough or over-the-top?
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