Right now, a majority of the world is spending more time inside and more time alone than usual. But approaching this time with a minimalist mindset can help you find value in the otherwise mundane and create a little hygge in your daily life.
On our blog, we’ve already talked about the meaning behind hygge and how to spring clean like the Swedes. And today, we’re going to delve into the minimalist mindset and what role that plays in Scandinavian culture.
Minimalism and Scandinavian Culture
Scandinavian minimalism is about purity, simplicity, and feeling calm. By worrying less about the things you have around you, you have more time to focus on yourself and your different experiences. This idea of minimalism helps create a functional and comfortable space for Scandinavians.
As a result of creating these minimal spaces, Scandinavians gain hygge — that feeling of coziness or comfort. This idea of minimalism comes from necessity, and the cold temperature and rugged terrain of Northern Europe. While we’ve found ways to cope with those different environments, that mindset has remained intact, and with that mindset, Scandinavians can create beauty from the simplicity.
Creating a Minimalist Mindset
So how can you develop a minimalist mindset? There are a few different things you can do to change your outlook and create minimalism in your life.
Get Back to Nature
Take a moment to enjoy nature with just yourself. Instead of focusing on the material goods you have all around you, find some time where you can truly experience the natural world around you. This can look like going on a walk by yourself after work or during lunch or incorporating some new, green plants into your home decor.
Think about the way you’ve organized your house. If your house is disorganized, that can lead to more unnecessary clutter. If you’re trying to develop a minimalist mindset, then make sure that all of your necessities have a space of their own. Then you can organize them in clean and simple ways, adding to the minimalist feel of your space.
Look at the things around you. How much clutter do you have in your home? If your house feels overly cluttered, think about what stuff you have that’s essential, and what is unnecessary clutter. Taking away the clutter and adding in essential items, like lighting and plants, will get you close to achieving both a minimalist mindset and a minimalist space.
Finish With Some Scandinavian Products
If you’re feeling more lonely or overwhelmed by the day-to-day, try approaching your daily routine with a minimalist mindset. And, whether you live in a Scandinavian country or not, you can incorporate some traditional and simplistic Scandinavian products into your new minimalist home decor.
Shop Scandinavian Shoppe today and read through our previous blogs for more inspiration to help develop your minimalist mindset: