Quoted: Lena Bentsen on Why Taking Care of Our Homes is Important

, , , , , By Catherine Lazure-Guinard

“To hygge with friends is always done in a very casual way. In Denmark, friends meet in private homes. It is very seldom that dinner is shared at a restaurant. That’s why taking care of our homes is important to us.

Our homes are an extension of ourselves. It deserves respect from both hosts and guests. Hygge claims mutual respect, to be a good host, and to be a good guest. Everybody must feel good. Our homes radiate care. We nurse our homes, because they are a part of our personality. It is a place to find peace, to relax and recover. Our home is a nest, a safe cave and a personal frame surrounding our lives. When we invite guests, we are opening our private property. If we can care for our homes we can as well care for our guests. Our guests can feel safe.”

– Lena Bentsen, in “Goodbye Clutter, Hello Freedom: How to create space for Danish hygge and lifestyle by decluttering, organizing and decorating with care”  (2016)


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