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How to Add Hygge to Your Cleaning Routine

Keeping a tidy home doesn’t have to be torture if you know How to Add Hygge to Your Cleaning Routine.  By adding cozy elements to a chore most of us dislike, we can change our outlook on caring for a welcoming home that we love.

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Hygge Cleaning Ideas - Cleaning Supplies in a bowl on top of a table

Changing the way you think about cleaning is all in your approach. By adding feel-good ideas to your routine, you can transform your thoughts and the orderliness of your rooms in record time.

“You do not get gold stars for cleaning your toilet. In actual life, there is a depressing lack of stickers.” – Alexandra Petri

Where did Hygge originate?

The word hygge originally came from Norway.  Its translation loosely meant well-being.  The Danish adopted the word as their own, and they embody the hygge lifestyle.  Danes are among the happiest people in the world, and they attribute their happiness in part to hygge. 

What is Hygge?

Hygge cannot be summarized in just a word or even a sentence.  The best way I can describe it is an outlook on life that focuses on simple pleasures and taking the time to cultivate more of them in your life. 

Hygge when you give your body, mind, and spirit rest and enjoy the good things in life.

Examples of this are:

A sunrise or sunset

Reading a book in front of crackling fire

Taking the time to savor a delicious mug of gourmet tea

Spending time with friends and family in a comfortable setting

How do you pronounce Hygge?

Hygge is not pronounced the way you think it is. “Hoo-gah” is the correct way to say it. If you want even more clarification, there are Youtube videos that will help you out. Here’s one that nails it!

What is a Hygge Lifestyle? 

Instead of living your life on autopilot, hygge is a way of life that makes sure you live your life in a way that brings deep contentment to your soul. 

Sometimes the outer things in life (money, power, achievements) aren’t the things that will make us happy.  A hygge life encourages us to look at what truly brings us joy and it to make sure we include those things in our days. 

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Here’s How to Add Hygge to Your Cleaning Routine

1. The Power of Scent

The scent of smell is one of our most powerful senses and can elevate our mood, relive fond memories, and even help us think more clearly.

Using organic cleaners scented with your favorite essential oils will help make each task more bearable. There’s a difference between cleaning your windows using a toxic spray cleaner that you breathe in all those fumes or an all-natural spray with the scent of Lemon Verbena wafting through your rooms.

Having a delicious-smelling house will give you happy memories associated with cleaning.

Hygge Cleaning Routine - Woman Cleaning Window

2. Learn Something New While You Clean

Cleaning can be the time you can finally delve into that book you’ve been dying to read with Audible on Amazon. I reserve the nonfiction books I want to hear when it’s time to clean. Within moments I become lost in the story and the room I’m working on becomes clean in no time at all.

Podcasts are also a great way to occupy your mind with something interesting at the same time. Not only will you have a clean house, but you’ll be expanding your mine as well.

3. Before and After You Cleaned Photo

Take a photo of the room before you start cleaning, and then take a picture of the room after you finish. Feel good about your accomplishment and keep it as a reminder of how you would like the room to stay.

Photographing sections of your room will also give you a different perspective on what your house looks like. Does the picture show a clean yet cluttered room? Pare down your things until you achieve the right balance in every area of your home.

Routine for Cleaning - Kitchen sink with window

4. Reward Yourself After You Tidy Up

Give yourself little rewards along the way. After you finish cleaning out the refrigerator, eat that truffle you’ve been saving. Finish all the dishes? Ten minutes to pleasure surf on the computer is in order.

Decide in advance how to divide up the zones in your house. Have your rewards already picked out for accomplishing each task. Leave your favorite treat for last when you finish the entire project.

Variety of Truffles on a slate bottom

5. Pair Up with a Friend

Someone I know has a friend that also hates to clean their home. Every two weeks, they get together and tackle deep cleaning projects at each other’s houses.

Time goes by so much faster as they catch up on each other’s lives. They end up having a great time together, and both feel a sense of pride when their to-do lists are checked off.

Hygge Cleaning Routines - Two friends cleaning a kitchen - view of their arms and lower part of their bodies.

5. The Roof Over Our Head is a Blessing

When you begin your cleaning routine, realizing that not everyone is as blessed as you are is a great way to change your thoughts about an organized home.

Give thanks that you have dishes to wash because that means you have food to eat. Be grateful you have laundry to clean because that means you have a family to care for that you love. Clean those windows with the knowledge that you have a roof over your head that keeps you warm and cozy.

Gratefulness can change everyone’s lives when they make it a primary focus.

Hygge Cleaning Ideas - Man Holding a basket of laundry

6. Music Makes Cleaning More Fun

Your home is your stage. Now is the time where you test out those dance moves and sing at the top of your lungs.

Is your favorite music from the 1980’s? Make cleaning a time where you get to get in touch with your inner rock star and let loose.

Nobody ever said you couldn’t mix your exercise routine with your cleaning schedule. Two birds, one stone.

Hygge Cleaning Routine - Child with duster in her hand up in the air

7. A Lifetime of Memories

While you’re cleaning and touching all the items in your home, why not go down memory lane and remember the special moments in your life where that object came into it.

As you put away your platter, does it bring up memories of your grandmother serving you Sunday supper on it? After dusting your crystal vase, does it remind you of how special your wedding day was and all the family and friends there to support you?

Your home is filled with treasured memories, use your time cleaning those items as a way to warm your heart with your past.

Teapot cups and saucers with cream and sugar

8. Donate to Others in Need

Use your cleaning routine as an opportunity to give to others. As you clean out your closets, look for things you can donate to those who are less fortunate than you and feel good about having the means to do so.

Most of us have way too much stuff that we don’t need. Think about the good you can put out in the world with a giving heart at full capacity.

9. Plan a Gathering in a Clean House

Send out an invitation to your friends for a fun gathering at your home, complete with board games and a pot luck menu.

There’s nothing like the threat of company that will motivate you to make your home in tip-top condition. The reward is entertaining your friends and family and making happy memories.

Friends toasting drinks with strawberries over a picnic table

10. Timed Event Cleaning

A timer will let you do small segments of a cleaning routine at a time, so you never get overwhelmed.

Cleaning a whole house doesn’t sound like much fun. But cleaning for 10 minutes? That’s doable. Set a timer and go!

Old fashioned alarm clock - Hygge Cleaning Ideas time your projects

11. Less = More

You’ll have a much easier cleaning routine if you have less to clean. Perfect logic, right?

Strive to have higher quality items in your home that you use all the time. A handmade serving bowl that an artist poured their soul into, rather than a bowl made in a factory, would be one example.

If you spend your money on a higher value item, make sure you get the most of it by hosting small gatherings at your home and making sure you create memories with each piece.

Hygge Cleaning Routine - Hand painted bowls.

Here are some products to make your cleaning experience much more enjoyable:

1) Cleaning with Ms. Meyers 

I either make my cleaners with essential oils, or I use Ms. Meyers. They have various scents: Peony, Lilac, Mint, Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Rosemary, Blueberry, and Honeysuckle. These scents will make your cleaning routine fly by.

2) Micro-Fiber Cloths

Save money on paper towels and make your job more manageable with micro-fiber cloths. These cloths are what professionals use, and they will save you money with your cleaning routine.

3) Micro-Fiber Mop

Your cleaning routine budget just got lower with this simple change. Instead of replacing your mops, get a micro-fiber mop and throw the micro pads in the wash.  

We’ve reached the end of How to Add Hygge to Your Cleaning Routine. I hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know in the comments below how you like to add hygge to your cleaning routine.

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Ellen Looper

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

I LOVE your blog and the FB group! I’m working hygge into everything that I do. I’ve cleaned all day and could have used a few of these tips. Better for next time. Keep up the good work. You are genuinely appreciated!


Friday 26th of February 2021

Hello Ellen! You made my night! I'm so glad you love the group and blog. Thank you so much for letting me know.

Diane McDonald

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Microfiber is extremely bad for the environment. The fibers get into the water and the eco system an into the food chain best to use natural fibers. Make rags from old cotton t shirts not as pretty but so much better. Microfiber are deadly.


Monday 16th of December 2019

I love it. Thanks a lot !!! ♥

Kristen Walton

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

I love Mrs. Meyers! My favorite is Honeysuckle...such a happy scent!


Wednesday 29th of August 2018

Yes, it's my favorite too. It makes doing housework a whole lot easier. Plus, your house smells like a dream after all the hard work! Kelly


Thursday 1st of February 2018

What a fantastic and thoughtful list. Music is always on here, essential oils when I remember and the timer is useful too


Thursday 1st of February 2018

Hello Lizzy! Thank you so much for writing in. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Kelly

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