Embrace Hygge at Work: Turn Your Office Into a Cozy Place will teach you how to incorporate the hygge concept wherever you go. Work can sometimes feel like a not-so-hygge place, but by making a few changes, you can transform your working area.
“The perfect antidote to dark, cold and creepy is light, warm and cozy.” – Candice Olson
Hygge is a Danish concept that is the art of creating intimacy with your home, yourself and friends. There are homes you walk into that you feel an instant warmth, and then there are others that leave you cold. Adding hygge elements to the workplace will help create that cozy environment you crave.
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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!
Since we spend so many of our waking hours working, why not make the most out of it by thoughtfully enhancing your experience there?
Here are the Embrace Hygge at Work: Turn Your Office Into a Cozy Place Ideas:
1) Beverage station.
You drink beverages throughout the day, why not add rich elements like loose-leaf tea, homemade hot cocoa mix, and marshmallows, sun-brewed iced herbal tea, and fruit-infused water part of your experience?
Skip the plain water and give your taste buds a treat with simple beverages that make them happy. Keep an electric tea kettle to make hot tea in minutes.
Keeping grandma’s teacup and saucer on your desk will remind you of simpler times and warm memories.
2) Natural elements.
Bring nature indoors with a terrarium, succulents, driftwood, and a bowl of shells or pebbles.
As a bonus for hygge-ness, you can place little reminders on your desk like a stone from your lake cabin or a shell from your last trip to Hawaii.
Temperatures in offices change with the wind. Sometimes you’re too cold, and sometimes you’re too warm. Be prepared with items such a poncho or throw for when you feel a chill or a small desktop fan when it’s too warm.
If you have a home office, adding an electric fireplace will be both beautiful and keep you toasty warm at the same time.
4) Holiday celebration.
Honor the holidays by celebrating each one with decor for your cubicle or office. Simply adding a strand of garland will cheer your spirits.
5) Office supplies.
There’s no rule that says you have to use cheap pens to work. I used to put up with writing with any old pen that I found, but I finally decided that I was worthy of writing with smooth pens that I love.
You can also bring in special notebooks or planners to help create an office space that’s more ‘you.’ For a bit of whimsy, why not buy fun file folders like these blank ones that will smile at you every time you reach for them?
You’re entitled to lunch after an eight-hour shift, why not make the most of it?
Nourish your body with a homemade lunch from home. I love the concept of a bento box, so make sure your taste buds are delighted with a variety of flavors that include sweet, salty, sour and savory. Make sure you have a cool lunch box that either delights you or is functional.
Who says you have to be chained to your desk while you eat your lunch? Get outdoors and enjoy your break outside if you’re able to. By removing yourself from your office, you know there won’t be any interruptions.
Listening to podcasts during lunch will get you motivated to accomplish your big goals. You could also bring knitting or a novel to work and enjoy your break with something pleasurable.
Bad lighting doesn’t have to happen. Adding an antique desk lamp will warm up any office, and flickering battery-operated candles can add that cozy element you crave.
8) Seasonal celebration.
Every season comes bearing gifts. Make sure you celebrate those offerings by bringing some of the bounties to your workplace.
Arrange tulips or daffodils in a vase.
Strawberries, a fresh spinach salad or marinated asparagus, could be added to your lunch box.
Roses floating in a dish of water on top of your desk would be beautiful and soothing.
Cherry pie or peach cobbler would make anyone happy at lunchtime.
Dahlias and Gerbera daisies would brighten up any office.
Slices of apples and caramel dip or heating up a sweet potato with loads of butter and brown sugar sound like they would hit the spot.
Forced paperwhites or a Christmas cactus are simply stunning.
Persimmons and a kale salad are just some of the ideas for a delicious winter lunch.
9) Cozy accents.
Adding simple elements to your office that makes you happy is a perfect way to soften up a hard space.
Some of the nice touches you can add are framed artwork, bud vase with a single flower or bring in a bouquet of flowers every week, LED candles flickering throughout the day, a salt lamp like this one that will help soothe your stress, family photos, a wall calendar with pictures you love, a cozy rug under your desk, slippers to keep your feet snug, a nice paperweight, a special mouse pad, an enchanting screen saver, a lucky bamboo plant, fairy lights strung up, beautiful music playing softly, a picture of yourself when you were young, a good chocolate bar, facial spritz, jar of sweets, a small teddy bear or a felt fox, a cushion for your chair, baskets to hold your supplies, little shelves to hold trinkets, hang a small quilt, poster of where you want to travel to, string of butterflies, photos of your garden, list of what you’re grateful for, inspirational sayings, your favorite hand lotion, an essential oil diffuser and heart notes are just some of the things you can include.
10) Just a splash.
There’s something about water that makes us happy, Add a water feature to your desk like a small fish tank or a tabletop fountain to bring flow to your space.
Foster a happy environment with your co-workers by starting a Friday potluck lunch or bring in homemade cookies for the next team meeting. Place a fresh fruit bowl on your desk and whenever someone stops by, invite them to take a piece of fruit to-go.
You could also write a nice thank you note for the cleaning crew, letting them know you appreciate the work they do.
We’ve reached the end of Embrace Hygge at Work: Turn Your Office Into a Cozy Place. I hope you got a few new ideas on how to bring hygge into the workplace.
Let me know in the comments below how you like to show off your hygge side at work.
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