10 Cozy Winter Kitchen Rituals (Part One)

Cozy Hygge Kitchen Rituals and IdeasBHG

We’ve had some unusually cold, snowy and even icy days here in the NW this winter, particularly in my hometown of Portland. I don’t know if you get a lot of cold or snow where you live, but one good thing about the freezing weather it is makes you want to stay home and get cozy!

I’m happily settling into the new kitchen. I do LOVE having my own kitchen again! This week the contractor has assured me the last trim pieces and paint will be complete, so rest assured I am VERY close to inviting YOU over for coffee or tea and a full tour of our new space. Promise.

My new kitchen is a galley style, so we didn’t have big expanses of space to work with in our design. It’s simple. It’s small. But we have loved making it feel like home. The size or style or color or materials used in a kitchen design aren’t the only things that determine how a kitchen will feel to you. Even more important than the design, it’s the daily joy and warmth we put into it that will make it a more comforting well-loved space.

Cozy Hygge Kitchen Rituals and IdeasBHG

I love puttering around in the kitchen. I’m getting to know what it feels like to make my coffee there, to clean it, to bake yummy things, to chat with friends as I’m cooking, and ways I can make it a warm place for our family to make new memories.

As I was tidying up after dinner the other day, I started thinking about the next post for our mini-series on Hygge (the Danish word for making all things cozy and comfortable). How can we make our homes a place of comfort and warmth? This is a perfect series for me because I think about it a lot, ha. I thought it would be fun to go through a few rooms and think of ways to give them a little winter love. Sound good?

How could we bring that sense of warmth and comfort to our kitchen this winter?

Here are 5 cozy winter kitchen rituals (stay tuned for five more in part two tomorrow!)

Bring joy to winter cleaning.

A clean kitchen will boost your mood and make you feel more cheerful even on a dreary dark day. It can be a form of self-care. If cleaning feels too much like a chore, perhaps it would bring you more joy if you created special winter rituals for cleaning. What would inspire you to keep your kitchen clean? Some things that help me look forward to cleaning are simple things like lighting a candle or running a diffuser with fresh clean scents, a hot drink that I allow myself only while doing the dishes, setting an inspiring mood with music or even passing the time with a new podcast. You could even set up a laptop on the counter and treat yourself to a winter TV series you’ve always wanted to watch while you do dishes.

Cozy up cold surfaces.

Kitchens tend to feel more chilly in the winter time if you don’t have the luxury of wood, furniture or lots of fabrics in the space. While clean clear counters can feel fresh and even serene, bare surfaces can feel cold. You might need a couple of intentional layers to warm them up this time of year. Look for easy ways to add more comfort. Rugs will quiet the room and make your feet toastier. A few simple accessories on the counter, wall or shelves can bring a warmer, more homey vibe.

Cozy Hygge Kitchen Rituals and IdeasBHG

Delight in winter experiences.

What are some favorite winter experiences involving your kitchen? If you can’t think of any, now is a good time to create a few. Do you love to make a special soup or enjoy the process of making a healthy morning breakfast? Make that activity feel even more special so it will elevate your experience and give you all the warm fuzzies. Even pretty dishes or special accessories can inspire your winter rituals. Add a copper french press to your morning routine, a lovely tea kettle for an afternoon break, or a new soup tureen for winter.

Make room for winter.

Kitchens can become cluttered from use over time. Soon you have an excess of little gadgets and small appliances you never use. You might even have leftover Christmas treats growing mold in your pantry. Daily meal prep is frustrating, chaotic and cramped because you can’t find or don’t have room for what is necessary. Tidy up your kitchen on a winter day. Go through your pantry, refrigerator and those top cabinets you can barely reach. Toss out the old, clear out the unnecessary. Keep only what you can use and enjoy this winter. Restock your pantry with cold-weather favorites. Now you have more room to prepare comforting meals and for your family to make their own snacks and lunches, too.

Nourish yourself and your family.

There is something so comforting about being in a cozy kitchen on a chilly winter evening. Cooking up a hot and healthy meal for your family will make you feel warmer inside, even when it is freezing outside. Unhealthy take-out or fast food doesn’t really make anyone feel good. Plan what you’ll prepare in advance to help you keep unhealthy options off the table. Preparing a good meal is a wonderful winter activity in the kitchen. Nourishing yourself can boost your mood and your health. Spend an evening with a good cookbook and a notepad for your shopping list.

Cozy Hygge Kitchen Rituals and Ideas


1. Blue and White Monogram Mug

2. Terra Cotta Irregular Shaped Measuring Cups

3. Le Creuset Camembert Baker

4. Copper French Press

5. Eco-friendly Navy Turkish Tea Towels (set of two)

6. Navy Plaid Rug by Bunny Williams

7. Finding Home Organic Maple Syrup

8. Wood Tablet Holder

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at part two of the cozy winter kitchen rituals. *Update* See part two here!

What are some of your favorite winter rituals in the kitchen?

More Hygge Posts:

5 Ways to Hygge in 2017 // Hygge and a Cozy Winter House // A Scent for Well-Being “Hygge” Essential Oil Blend

Make 2017 Your Most Decluttered & Organized Year Yet

Make 2017 Your Most Decluttered & Organized Year YetStudio McGee

Are you ready to declutter and get organized in 2017!

I haven’t even started to take down my Christmas decor (gasp!), but I am really pumped about getting stuff put away this week so I can start with a clean slate. There are a few areas of my home I hope to organize right away to jump start the process, so I will show you a few organizing success stories next week. Now I’m committed :).

And yes, in case you are wondering, I promise as soon as my kitchen is complete (I’m still waiting on a few last details, story of my life) I will happily give you a tour. It won’t be long. I can’t wait to start showing you how my small galley kitchen will be organized, too. Small spaces can be tough, but I am up for a decluttering and organizing challenge this year.

How about you? Are you serious about getting rid of STUFF so you can feel more organized this year? I find that a lot of the success in decluttering starts with a firm mindset to get it done. Decluttering isn’t always fun! Baby steps will eventually get you there, but you do have to find the resolve and motivation to persevere to completion.

Why do you want to simplify and organize your home? Write down a vision of what you aspire to and why. How would being more organized and having less clutter change your life? Once you have a clear vision of why it matters to you, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Stating the why and visualizing the end result of being more organized helped me to find the resolve to complete projects. The right mindset totally a game-changer for me in our old house and I’ll be going through the same process here.

Today you’ll find ideas that just might inspire you to organize something in every room! Rather than just share the tips I see, I’m going to give you the opportunity study the photos for ideas. Back when I first started blogging in the dark ages of the internet, we would play a little game of observation. I’d have readers study photos and find take aways and ideas they could apply to their own homes. There are always take aways. So let’s observe some ideas.

What spoke to you in any of these images? Is there an area of your home you need to declutter and organize this year?

What are your decluttering goals or organizational struggles? How could I help you this year by sharing ideas or motivation to reach your goals?

Let’s make 2017 our most decluttered and organized year yet! I’m in. Are you?

Make 2017 Your Most Decluttered & Organized Year YetBHG

Organized Small Entry

Organized gift wrap

Organized office


Make 2017 Your Most Decluttered & Organized Year Yet

Organized closet with seasonal boxes

Behind the door organization

Organized laundry roomBHG

Organized linen closet

Organized pantry - bulk food in jars with paint pen label Paint pen jars/ by A Beautiful Mess

Copper pots hung on wall - kitchen organization

Organized bedroom storage idea

Under the bed organizer - bedroom organizing idea

Bathroom organization - shelf

Don’t forget to share in the comments. What are some 2017 organizational challenges or goals in your home?

Check out my 2017 Organization Shop here.

Make Room for What You Love - Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying

I think my favorite book I’ve written to date is the one that happens to be on decluttering and simplifying (called Make Room for What You Love, find it here).  You’ll find lots of practical help and fresh insights for the indecisive or non-organized types who have acquired far too much stuff. :) It’s just $4.99 for the e-book version right now at your favorite retailer!

Related post:

How to declutter when too much sparks joy

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