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How to Add Hygge to Your House Cleaning Routine

Keeping a clean 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 Routine Ideas - Bowl of Cleaning Supplies
Hygge Cleaning Routine Ideas

Does your housecleaning schedule overwhelm you? Is your messy house stressing you out?

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 cleanliness of your home in record time.

A clean home will bring peace to your mind. Once everything is in its proper place, you will feel more in control in all the areas of the home.

The first thing to do is to set a realistic schedule and then come up with a plan. Listed below are are few ideas to help you with your cleaning routine.

“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, embodying 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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Since you clicked on a post about how to add hygge to your daily cleaning routine, I’m guessing you love all things cozy.  I just started a new Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 103,000 like-minded souls. 

It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug. Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.

Here’s How to Add Hygge to Your Cleaning Routine

1. The Power of Scent

Hygge Cleaning Routine Plan - Woman Cleaning Window
Hygge Cleaning Routine Plan

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

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.

2. Learn Something New While You Clean

Hygge Cleaning Routine Plan - Listening to Podcasts - Cell Phone with Ear Buds
Hygge Cleaning Routine Plan – Listening to Podcasts

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. The room I’m working on becomes clean in no time.

Podcasts are also a great way simultaneously to occupy your mind with something interesting while you clean. Not only will you have a tidy house, but you’ll also be expanding your mind and giving yourself a sense of accomplishment.

3. Before and After You Cleaned Photo

Hygge Cleaning Routine Ideas - Clean Kitchen
Hygge Cleaning Routine Ideas – Clean Kitchen

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 naturally. 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.

Start with your living room, kitchen, main bedroom, and other high-traffic areas. You can ask your friends or family members their opinion of how to make your rooms look better. Sharing the photo with decorating groups on Facebook will also help give you ideas on new ideas.

4. Reward Yourself After You Tidy Up

Hygge Cleaning Routine Tips - Reward Chocolate Truffles
Hygge Cleaning Routine Tips – Reward Yourself with Chocolate Truffles

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

Decide in advance how to divide up the zones in your house. Have your rewards already picked out for accomplishing each weekly cleaning task.

Leave your favorite treat for last when you finish the entire project.

5. Pair Up with a Friend

Hygge Cleaning Routine Ideas - Two Women Cleaning Counters
Hygge Cleaning Routine Ideas – Cleaning 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 completed.

5. The Roof Over Our Head is a Blessing

Hygge Cleaning Routine Tips - Woman Taking Laundry Out of Dryer
Daily Cleaning Tasks – Load of Laundry Using Laundry Detergent with Essential Oils

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, and your attitude will change for the better within a couple of weeks.

YouTube video
Home Blessing Example

6. Music Makes Cleaning More Fun

Hygge Cleaning Routine - Dancing and Music
Hygge Cleaning Routine – Dancing and Music

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

Is your favorite music from the 1980s? Make cleaning a time where you get to get in touch with your inner rock star and let loose. Get your older kids in on this fun way of looking at being tidy. Even small children can use a duster to help.

Nobody ever said you can’t add physical activity to your cleaning schedule: two birds, one stone.

You might even look forward to your daily cleaning schedule if you make it more interesting!

7. A Lifetime of Memories

Hygge Cleaning Routine Plan - Vintage Teacup and Saucer
Hygge Cleaning Routine Plan

While doing your weekly tasks and touching all the items in your home, why not go down memory lane and remember the special moments in your life when and 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. Warm your heart with the past as you clean those items.

8. Donate to Others in Need

Hygge Cleaning Routine Tips - Donation Bag
Hygge Cleaning Routine Tips – Donate Unwanted Items During Spring Cleaning

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 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 total capacity.

9. Plan a Gathering in a Clean House

Hygge Cleaning Routine Plan - Create a Gathering - Three glasses toasting
Hygge Cleaning Routine Plan – Create a Gathering

Send out an invitation to your friends for a fun gathering at your home, complete with board games and a potluck 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 members and making happy memories.

10. Timed Event Cleaning

Hygge Cleaning Routine Schedule - Vintage Alarm Clock
Hygge Cleaning Routine Schedule – Vintage Alarm Clock

A timer will let you do small segments of a cleaning routine at once, so you never get overwhelmed. You’ll get through cleaning in less time because of the concentrated effort in the short period.

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

Set a timer for a certain amount of time and get started. You can start with simple tasks like quickly scrubbing your kitchen sink or bathroom tub. Other ideas are to throw a load of dirty laundry in the washer, clean mirrors, clear off your coffee table, or do a quick vacuum.

11. Less = More

Hygge Cleaning Routine Tips - Colorful Pottery Bowls
Hygge Cleaning Routine Tips

You’ll have a much easier cleaning routine if you have less to clean. Perfect logic, right? Sorting through mountains of stuff daily isn’t very hygge. Get your whole family involved in paring down your things.

Strive to have higher quality items in your home that you always use. 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 creating memories with each piece.

Here are some products to make your household chores much more enjoyable:

1) Load your Cleaning Caddy with Ms. Meyers 

I either make my cleaners with essential oils, or I use Ms. Meyers. The company has a variety of scents for its products; Peony, Lilac, Mint, Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Rosemary, Blueberry, and Honeysuckle.

Whether you buy an all-purpose cleaner or glass cleaner for clean windows, these scents will make your cleaning routine fly by every day of the week.

2) Micro-Fiber Cloths

Save money on paper towels and make your job more manageable with a microfiber cloth. These towels are what professionals use, and they will save you money with your daily tasks. The proper tools will help make your weekly cleaning schedule take less time.

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 washing machine.  

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 daily cleaning checklist.

Don’t forget about joining our Creating a Cozy Life – Hygge Style Facebook group.  You’re not going to believe how amazing it is.

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Friday 15th of April 2022

I love this post! 🤩 thanks for the amazing ideas 💡


Saturday 16th of April 2022

Hello Kat! Thank you so much. You made my morning. Kelly

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

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