Friday, 13 January 2017

Let's Talk | Hygge.

My General Life - Let's Talk Hygge

Hygge is most definitely the "in thing" currently. If you've not heard of hygge, then where have you been? Because it's most definitely on my radar and honestly I mostly live under a rock.

Intrigued by hygge, I picked up a book entitled: The Little Book of Hygge - The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking, in the hope that it might enlighten me as to what hygge actually is and most importantly how I could add some hygge to my life.

The book itself talks about the many ways in which one can create hygge in their life, through: 
♥ the environment - soft lighting and candles, throws and cosy corners 
♥ relationships - social relationships play a big role not only in hygge but in overall happiness
♥ activities - usually social and chilled 
♥ food - comforting and slow is the key

My General Life - Let's Talk Hygge

Hygge is a word that doesn't really translate into English and from reading the book I sense that it's more of a feeling than an actual definitive thing. The book talks about hygge in dimensions that are all linked to the senses. Touch, taste, sound, sight and smell are all important when it comes to hygge. But then it talks about a sixth sense of hygge - a feeling of safety, a feeling of trust. And all this then links into a overall feeling of wellbeing and happiness.  

What I really took from the book is that hygge, in my perception, is about enjoying the everyday. Savouring the moment, but recognising that each moment has a past, present and future that can all be savoured too. Make time for those you love and care about, because social relationships fuel happiness and happiness then fuels social relationships. Take things slow and take pleasure in the minutiae. That, to me, is what makes for a hyggelig time and is something that I'll be trying to be more aware of. 

My General Life - Let's Talk Hygge

I highly recommended that you give The Little Book of Hygge a read if you're interested in learning more about hygge, but also about happiness and how the aspects of hygge can lead you to a happier and more content life - because who doesn't want that?!

What are your thoughts on hygge? Are you intrigued as I was about the topic? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments below, or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Wardrobe Decluttering & Project 333 | Minimalism Journey.

My General Life - Wardrobe Decluttering and Project 333

If you read my recent post on minimalism then you'll know that this year I'm making a conscious effort to downsize my belongings and get rid of things that I just don't need. One of the goals I set for working towards this was to try out Project333 - as this is something I only recently discovered I thought I'd share more about it here on the blog, just in case you're curious.

Project 333 was launched onto my radar when I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things on Netflix. Project 333 is the brain child of Courtney Carver, who started Project 333 along with her website Be More WithLess in 2010.

The crux of it is basically trimming down your wardrobe to just 33 items that you will wear over a 3 month period. That includes your outerwear, jewellery, accessories and shoes alongside your clothing. However, the 33 items does not include your underwear, nightwear, at-home chill clothes, workout wear (providing that your workout wear is only worn for working out) and sentimental jewellery that you wear daily e.g. a ring/earrings. 

Now this doesn't mean that you then have to permanently get rid of all your other items of clothing. Courtney suggests just boxing them away which I think is a great idea as after the 3 months you can then evaluate if there is anything you really missed or if there items you feel you really don't need anymore. 

I also like that Courtney stressed that this isn't "project suffering" and that if you need to adapt the model, change it or or replace certain items then you totally can. I guess it just gives a framework for reducing the amount of clothing you have and allowing you to enjoy wearing it and styling it within your capsule wardrobe. 

Project 333 really appealed to me because, honestly, I find myself wearing the same things over and over again anyway. It wasn't hard for me to pick the key items that I knew needed to remain in my clothing collection. For the remainder of the items I tried to pick staples that were versatile and could be worn with a variety of outfits.

I also chose to include my work uniform within the 33 items - this equated to 9 items overall (this includes tunics x5, trousers x2, vest x1 and boots x1) and so left me with 24. This doesn't sound much but really when I get home I tend to change into my at-home chill clothes (as previously mentioned, they're not included although I do try to limit these to just a few items that I rotate), so there's only really the weekend that I wear "actual" clothes. With this in mind I felt that, actually, 24 items was doable for my general wardrobe. 


My General Life - Wardrobe Decluttering and Project 333

So what items do I have in my Project 333 wardrobe? Well I have some jeans (a blue and a black pair), leggings and my dungarees as my bottoms. I then have a 7 tops (including tshirts, long sleeves, a vest and 1 smarter top), 2 shirts (1 checked and 1 denim), 2 dresses, a chunky cardigan, 2 hoodies, my coat, 2 scarves and an extra pair of earrings. I then have two pairs of shoes (my Star Wars Vans and my Dr Martens). My work shoes could be worn outside of work if I so wished (they're just another pair of Dr Marten boots).

And that is my 24 items. It doesn't sound a lot but honestly, I'm finding that it works pretty well for me. I'm quite a casual dresser anyway so the fact that my Project 333 wardrobe is all pretty casual suits me just fine. I've been wearing this wardrobe for about 2 weeks now and so far there haven't really been any difficulties. I'm intrigued to see how the next 3 months will unfold and how my Project 333 wardrobe will fare.

What are your thoughts on a minimalist wardrobe? Is Project 333 something you think you could manage? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments below, or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

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