I had time this week to do some fall cleaning. Unlike spring cleaning, which is all about opening things up to let in new air and light, fall cleaning is about making a space to settle into. I organized our closets and made some needed changesĀ  in our the apartment. I’ll be spending more time here each week and I want our home to be comfortable and cozy. It’s amazing how little things (like moving the recycling bin out of the kitchen, or bringing a colorful quilt out of the closet) bring newness to the space.

I realized sometime this year how important coziness is to me. Unfortunately I think the word itself evokes silly decorative pillows and oppressively scented candles when what I actually want is more like wool sweaters, down quilts, and loving hugs. Of course, there is more to it than just physical warmth and comfort. I’ve recently come across a concept of coziness in some European countries, called hygge in Denmark and gemutlichkeit in Germany. I love that this idea of creating a warm space for the spirit is something that other cultures value highly. There is no equivalent term in English, but I think we all understand the feeling. It’s not just about being warm or having a comfortable spot to sit. It’s the idea of quality time with people you care about, making new connections, sharing meals and intimate conversation.

I definitely hope to find and create a lot of this coziness as we head into winter. As I filled all those jars this summer, I was thinking about the bread I would bake and the friends who would join us to share some cozy meals. I also hope to find time to knit (maybe a sweater? or pillows?), drink homemade chai, practice my fiddle, and take more walks. How are you creating coziness this time of year?


  1. Apseed

    October 28, 2011 at 5:11 am

    We like to have dinners with the candle light, it' s cozy and intimately. I agree with you that small things make our life more interesting and special. For example bedside rug and a lamp over the bed "force" me to have knitting moments only in this part of my apartment.

  2. Sara

    October 30, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I love cozy! For me it's hot soup, a feather bed, a fire in the fireplace, dim lights, old movies ('30s and '40s), and M&Ms. Plain, not peanut. It's making time to just relax, breathe, and enjoy the moment whether I'm alone or with others. Cozy is warm and laid back.

  3. Anna

    October 31, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Yay for coziness! Thanks for sharing!

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