Hygge Minimalist Living: Yes, It’s Possible!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not your typical minimalist.

In fact, if I use Gretchen Rubin’s categories of over buyer vs. under buyer, I definitely fall into the over buyer camp, which is a far cry from the standard minimalist protocol.



As an over buyer, when I run out of toothpaste, I don’t just buy one new tube the next time I’m at the store. Instead, I buy three tubes so I know I’m set for a while.

Similarly, if I find a shirt that I absolutely love, I’ll buy it in a few different colors; I’m picky about my clothing, so when I finally find that “perfect something,” I want to wear it all the time!

Again, not super minimalist on the surface…

Where my minimalist lifestyle does come in to play, however, is with clutter.

I despise clutter.

But wait, how can my loathing of clutter possibly align with my over buyer tendency, you ask? Great question.

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago in my capsule wardrobe post, if I purchase a two new shirts and a pair of shoes, I know that I have to donate two old shirts and a pair of shoes when I get home. And the same goes for kitchen utensils, beauty products, etc.

My mantra is: one comes in, one goes out.

Essentially, I surround myself with things that bring me comfort and contentment, but I don’t let them pile up. For me, clutter often leads to a feeling of chaos and overwhelm.

By being mindful of my purchases and how I decorate my home, however, I strive to ensure that everything is either functional, brings me joy, or – best case scenario – BOTH!

As I reflected on this lifestyle, I realized that I’ve essentially combined the practices of both hygge and minimalism.

It’s hygge minimalist living, if you will. (Have NO idea what hygge is? I have you covered, check out my post on hygge here.)

So if cozy simplicity sounds like your cup of tea, then you’re in luck. Today’s post shares my top five tips for hygge minimalist living. Check them out now!

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Top Five Tips for Hygge Minimalist Living

Open Up The Space

A big part of minimalism is embracing open space rather than stuff.

But remember, we are celebrating the hygge minimalist lifestyle. And this means that open space doesn’t necessarily equate to the classic minimalist aesthetic of cold, stark interiors, and sterile white walls.

Instead, open space simply means getting rid of the extra stuff that does not meet our two criteria: it is functional, and/or it brings you joy.

So YES, you can keep your child’s drawings hanging on the refrigerator. But those coupons that expired six months ago? Yeah…it’s time for them to go.

Keep The Personal Touches

As you embark on the decluttering process, set aside the items that provide you with special meaning.

Perhaps it is a handmade quilt that your grandmother made you as a child. Maybe it is a framed photo of your family Christmas card from 10 ago. Or maybe it is a set of embroidered dish towels you received for your wedding. Whatever speaks to you is perfect.

These are the important things you want to keep. These are the things that bring you joy.

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Pictures of pictures…we’re getting meta here. My bookshelf is the first thing you see when you in my office, and it’s filled with pictures of those I love.

Choose a Focal Point for your room.

Once you’ve highlighted those special items, take some time to incorporate them throughout your home. If possible, make them the focal point.

Every time you walk into a room, the centerpiece is where your eyes first look. By making these special pieces the centerpiece, you create a special reminder for yourself. You establish an environment of warmth, comfort, contentment, and love.

Essentially, by sharing your personality through your decor, you bring your home to life.

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Decorate With Pieces You Love

Along a similar vein, if you decide to redecorate a room, or you’re on the hunt for a new piece of furniture, don’t just buy whatever’s the most convenient. Instead, look for special items that speak directly to you.

This might mean going to a high-end shop near your home. Perhaps it means ordering a unique piece online from a store like Modern Digs (www.moderndigsfurniture.com). Or maybe you’re like me, and you love scouting out thrift shops and garage sales for that perfect one-of-a-kind item. Any of these options are great.

The important thing is surrounding yourself with things that have meaning to you.

Use Light as Decor

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Wiking notes, “Danes select lamps carefully and place them strategically to create soothing pools of light. It is an art form, a science, and an industry…The rule of thumb is: the lower the temperature of the light the more hygge.” (If you want to learn more, I highly recommend checking out Wiking’s book.)

Since we are embracing hygge minimalist living, we clearly can’t overlook the role of light.

So as you declutter, rearrange, and highlight your favorite pieces of decor, keep the lighting in mind as well. Open up the shades and let in the natural daylight. Swap your standard light switch for one with a dimmer, which allows you to control the soft pools of light all around you. And of course, don’t forget the candles.


So, there you have it, friends. It is possible to embrace both hygge and minimalism with a hygge minimalist lifestyle. Want to learn more? Download my free workbook, which walks you through the process step-by-step, and start living a cozy, simplified life today!

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Question:

Do you practice hygge or minimalism? What do you think about creating a hygge minimalist lifestyle? What are some of your favorite items in your home? Do you decorate with light? Let me know below!

30 thoughts on “Hygge Minimalist Living: Yes, It’s Possible!”

  1. This looks awesome!!! I have so much stuff in my house that I’m not sure I would know where to begin, especially with a little boy!

    1. Yeah, it can definitely feel overwhelming when looking at the big picture. I’d recommend starting small, and someplace free of toys. Perhaps only tackle the bathroom linen closet, or the shelves in your bedroom etc. Starting small is a great motivator 🙂

  2. I love this! Clutter is definitely my worst enemy too! My husband always gets on to me about getting rid of things but I just can’t stand clutter. I’ve been wanting to declutter our whole house but I haven’t had the time lately. Maybe during my maternity leave I will. I’m also obsessed with decorating with natural light! I just wish it wasn’t so hot in Florida. The natural light heats up on home so quickly.

    1. Oh I bet! Seeing as I live in Boston, and we just had a “wintery mix” warning today (on April 19!!), heat from the sun is not on my radar – ha!

  3. I found an interesting fact that storage units weren’t even around in the 1960’s. However, you can find my storage units centers around today because now we are paying other to store our stuff. How crazy is that? I keep paring down and paring down because I have come to love the open spaces. Yes, I have those things I love, but there is nothing I am loving more than the freedom of open space , less mess and more time to do the things I love.

    1. That’s crazy! I had NO idea. And I completely love your statement “freedom of open space.” That is so true!

  4. Be You and Thrive

    I love your idea of ‘one comes in, one goes out’. We live in a small 1920’s apartment in Chicago and I have to live by that theory! Thanks for all these great ideas!

  5. I’m so much like you, I’m buyer but I hate clutter, it drives me bananas XD So I also try to keep the rule one in one out of course I miserably fail with make up, I just do a few big purges a couple of times a year but I still have way too much. What can I say, I’m not striking for perfection 😛

  6. One comes in, one goes out! Yes I love it. Sometimes my “going out” turn into a pile that sit in my closet for a couple months but I enjoy the principle of it;)

  7. I’ve been unknowingly practicing hygge minimalism, too! I have a similar one in, one out rule because clutter makes me anxious. Lighting is incredibly important to me in decorating because it makes the mood of any room. So cool this is actually a trend and I didn’t know it😊

  8. I would love to live this way. Unfortunately my house has zero storage and we have sports everything being brought in by my husband and kids everyday – sports equipment, hockey jerseys’, bags of uniforms (my hubby runs a baseball league), sports cards, balls, figurines – ARGH!!!! One day, oh one day. lol

    1. Oh my! That’s quite a bit of sports stuff. Ha! Maybe you can claim one space as your’s. No sports allowed 😉

  9. This is great! Love Hygge and love that book! I’ve done some presentations on Hygge for Interiors and have gotten great response!

  10. Great post! I love that when you purchase something new, you force yourself to donate an older one of the same. It’s a strategy that a lot of people could benefit from. Definitely me. I have an old smart phone collection growing in my closet!

  11. I feel like this is the constant battle in my house! Recently I’ve been trying to go through every closet, drawer, shelf, etc once a year and get rid of stuff we don’t need. It’s so refreshing!

  12. I’ve been thinking of decorating my room in the Hygge minimalist style. It’s so refreshing!

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