Making the move toward “big city living” was exhilarating, but it also came with its fair set of challenges. I fully expected to enjoy exploring new bars, bookstores, and restaurants. But what I didn’t see coming was long commute times in incremental weather, grocery store lines that wrapped back to the deli counter, and rent fees that consumed most of my meager writer’s salary. After several months of doing my best to keep up with this new speed of life—but feeling like I was failing wholeheartedly—I came to the conclusion that urban living was stimulating, but maybe wasn’t for me.
While the occasional phone call home or hot yoga session would ease some of my everyday anxieties, I still felt like I was running on empty six out of seven days of the week. After some internal inspection, I realized that my previous life ran at an entirely different pace. There, I had a quiet studio of my own, in a small city, with lots of open, outdoor areas to pass the time. As someone who has introverted tendencies, it dawned on me that this total life change was causing all of my unrest. I scientifically needed the time alone to recharge, and this had completely gone out the window since I came to this busy new city. The lightbulb went off: I simply needed a space to refuel from the daily grind of life.
As someone fairly ingrained in the home decor and interiors scene, hygge (pronounced hue-guh) decor was trending around the time this realization hit. For those who aren’t familiar with this Danish style, it’s entirely focused on happiness by way of a conscious appreciation for the simple things in life. Which was exactly what I needed in my journey to turn my perspective around. So I made it my goal to bring this contentment to my own personal living space, starting with my bedroom.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I worked hard to transform my stark and cold apartment into a cozy retreat where I could clear my head. I can now proudly say that my bedroom has easily become my favorite place to begin my mornings, end a busy day, or even spend an entire Sunday in bed. My mood is more uplifted because of these small moments of introspection and gratefulness, and those minor stressors I dealt with before suddenly seem more insignificant and manageable. As it turns out, city living might just be more doable after all.
As someone who is constantly looking to bring joy and inspiration to others, I couldn’t help but feel excited to share my own story to encourage you to consider a hygge approach in your home, whatever your reasons may be. Keep scrolling below to see how I accomplished it in a quick few steps.
Sarah Schuh is a copywriter and freelance writer living in Chicago. She loves idioms, alliteration, and any excuse to use an emoji. 😊 While not crafting content, she enjoys new #momlife (to daughter, Charlotte, born November 2020). Check out her site where she shares honest parenting inspo and insight at www.sarahschuh.com.
BY Sarah Schuh - January 27, 2018
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.