I happened to be watching a Rick Steves show on Denmark and in the show they were describing a way of living that they had. It was called hyggelig (hoo.gl.ee). This hyggelig meant you always have a drink, some food, and at the very least a candle between you and your company. It meant feeling cozy at the very base translation of the word but actually much more, it was your surroundings without anything that would make you feel ill at ease or emotionally overwhelmed. It was actually the pursuit of serenity, of comfy, of homey, of anything that brought that warm fuzzy to your soul.

My jaw dropped at this Danish discovery of self. That one single word summed up the pursuit of my entire life. Hyggelig!!! This blog is about just that, all the things that make me feel hyggelig. My only hope is that they inspire you to find your own hyggelig too. Imagine a world full of hyggelig, just imagine...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Making Space

Our back door mudroom. I know it's simple but it's such a handy solution for everyday shoes.
We live in a little house our friends and family refer to as The Enchanted Cottage. It is very cute and has tons of character but seriously lacks storage space. I'd had it with not being able to fit stuff away in the kitchen properly. Yes, there are plans to install all new cabinets that go up to the ceiling (such wasted space!) but for now I had to take things into my own hands. So here's what I did.

This is the the door in the kitchen that leads to the basement. It now hides lots of stuff that was cluttering up the mudroom and hogging space in the kitchen cabinets.

I picked this back of door organizer up for around $15 and had the Honey install it today. It actually cleared out enough room for me to put my food processor away! Hurray!! It inspired me to organize the little nook at the top of the stairs where I stacked some bookcases to store odds and ends.
All we need to do to this nook is install a wall mount broom / mop holder and mount the hand vac to the wall.

I love space saving ideas. This one I've used for years while being in apartments and through a few moves. It's so handy that I actually just kept using it for our house too. They are from IKEA and perfect for organizing your hand towels, washcloths, and tub mats.
When you lack space as we do you have to get creative and get organized. Everything needs it's place and everything  needs to be kept there! We have so far to go in this place but boy do I feel so good after finding homes for stuff that was kinda homeless causing me some clutter anxiety.

Today was very productive!

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