Tepilo looks into the emerging trend of Lagom and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle.
Step aside ‘hygge’ – 2017 is all about the Swedish concept of ‘lagom’ for a happier and more balanced life.
Last year, homemaking was all over the cosy Danish trend of ‘hygge’ – lots of furry throws and cuddly knits, comforting candle light and mugs of hot chocolate by an open fire. While there’s still a need for a bit of hygge on a cold night this spring and summer will see the rise of a new Scandinavian buzzword. It’s time for the Swedish lifestyle concept of ‘lagom.’
What is it all about?
Lagom (pronounced ‘lar-gom’) translates loosely as ‘not too little, not too much – just right,’ and it’s all about living in balance. It incorporates ideas of being frugal and consuming in moderation – but having enough to live happily and comfortably. It primarily focuses on work/life balance (and who doesn’t want a bit more of that?) with more pleasure and less stress. It also values sustainable living for a better world for everyone.
This year, lagom is going to be everywhere. IKEA is blazing a trail with its ‘Live Lagom’ project, in partnership with the University of Surrey, to help people create a more sustainable life by reducing waste, saving water and energy, and living more simply and healthily.
Joanna Yarrow, IKEA’s head of sustainability in the UK and Ireland, explains ‘the art is to find a balance to enable you to live what the Swedish call ‘lagom’ - not taking too much, but not denying yourself either.’
Other companies have jumped on the Lagom bandwagon by suggesting balance – restoring products and travel destinations, while lifestyle bloggers such as Anna Lysik are writing about how to get more Lagom in your life.
How to bring lagom into your home
Declutter – many people feel attached to objects and hoard things that they might need one day. However, being surrounded by clutter is actually stressful. Make sure to do a radical sweep of each room, keeping only the things you use regularly or really love. You’ll feel happier and more peaceful as a result.
Choose functional design – keep your environment minimal and understated with multifunctional furniture and attractive space-saving storage. Choose natural sustainable materials and good quality products that will last. Include plants to bring elements of the outside in.
Energy-proof your home – get your loft insulated and your walls too – save all the heat you can. Draught proof rooms with thermal blinds and draught excluders really do make all the difference. Make sure to keep your central heating serviced and running efficiently – you’ll be able to turn down your thermostat and save fuel. Consider installing solar panels or other alternative energy systems.
Layer up – Hygge isn’t over just yet! Stay warm on the sofa or in bed with cosy throws and blankets, and the appropriate tog duvet in winter, to stay warm without turning the heating up.
Get a wood burning stove – Wood is an environmentally friendly, sustainable fuel, virtually carbon-neutral and cost efficient plus it looks great!
Try to make do and mend – Before you chuck out furniture or other house hold items, stop and consider, can it be fixed? Could it be recovered? Can it be improved with an attractive throw or a lick of paint?
Buy energy efficient items – Making your home energy-efficient isn’t just about the planet – it’s also about you. Purchasing a fridge, freezer, washing machine or oven? Always go for an efficiency rating of A+++ for lower running costs. Also, choose LED bulbs – they use 85% less energy than standard bulbs.
Living more simply and saving money will enable you to improve your work/life balance, reduce your stress levels and spend more time doing the things that you enjoy – now, that’s lagom!