DREAMS OF A SLOW AND SIMPLE HOME

I have had a really strong desire of late to create a slow and simple home. When I feel like I have lost my way, the things in this post are the things I come back to. Time feels more and more precious the older I get, and I don’t want to waste a minute of it. By simplifying our home and our belongings there is more space and time for the important things.

I have had a really strong desire of late to create a slow and simple home. It’s something that I have gradually been working towards since we bought our house, but recently the craving has been much stronger.

I want to be able to look around our family home, and feel calm. I also want to take pleasure, and notice the lovely things we own. Where as in reality, after much sorting, I am still distracted by the clutter and mess.

Back in March I completed the ‘30 day minimalism game‘, and wrote about ‘My Idea of Minimal Living’. Seven months later, and over 600 items lighter, things are better, but we have still not managed to completely ‘slow our home.’

I have been reflecting on why this is? What have we learnt so far on our simple living journey?  What has worked, and what hasn’t? Finally, what do we need to do in order to reach that dream of having a slow and simple home.

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the big reveal: inspirational workspace & magnetic wall

finished: inspirational work space and magnetic wall on Geoffrey & Grace

My inspirational work space with a magnetic wall is finished at last. For those that missed posts ‘one’ and ‘two’ you can catch up here and here.

I started moving things back into the room about 10 days ago, and have been working in the space since then. It took me a while to unpack and organise things, but I am already feeling at home.

It is so wonderful to have my own workspace to retreat to, and it has already made a really big impact on how we live as a family. Working at the kitchen table was really encroaching on our family space, and I never felt like I completely switched off.

Now I have this perfect little room to type away in, and sew when the mood takes me.

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inspirational work space in the making

inspirational work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace
The Brooklyn studio of woodworker Ariele Alasko’s. Photo – Max Tielman for Design sponge

It’s been over a month since I wrote about my plans for an Inspirational and functional work space (If you missed the first post, you can catch up here). A lot has been happening ‘behind the scenes’, and I am so pleased to say that the end is now in sight.

The plasterer has been, and the Thistle Magnetic plaster by British Gypsum’s Rooms Made For You Range is on the wall. It was so exciting to watch it go on. It is applied just like normal plaster but goes on slightly thicker and is black in colour. I have tested it out (just with some fridge magnets) and it is indeed magnetic! I can’t wait to have a play with the magnetic wall properly. To me the creative possibilities that come from having an extra surface to utilise, is really exciting. I have some ideas in place about how I want to use the wall, but am also still thinking about how it can really help me feel inspired and be organised.

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less is more – how to begin to live simply

less is more - how to start to live simply on Geoffrey & Grace. I am always after things I can do to help our family live simply, which is why I took part in the 30-day minimalism game.

I am always after things I can do to help our family live simply, which is why I took part in the 30-day minimalism game. After writing about my idea of minimal living at the beginning of March, throughout the month I sorted, and let go of well over 400 hundred items. A good car boot-load went to a charity shop, some things were sold, or passed on to friends, and there was a heap of paper work that was recycled. Just over a week ago the challenge finally came to a close and I have been reflecting on what difference it has made.

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plans for an inspirational and functional work space

work space before - on Geoffrey & Grace

This is currently what my work space looks like. There are little piles of stuff and clutter everywhere! In fact I don’t think there is a single clear surface in the room. If you read ‘my idea of minimal living’ you will know that we are having a sort through of the whole house. As the big clear-out continues, this is the area that I have been dreading tackling, and putting off. Ironically, it is probably the room that once sorted, will make the biggest impact on our day-to-day living.

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