Since buying this house, over three years ago now, we have been trying to create a slow and simple home. There are some weeks when I glance around our home and the space is far from slow and simple, and having a slow home feels as elusive as ever.
When you are in the midst of house renovations there are bound to be patches of chaos. We have spent the last few weeks with the house feeling topsy turvy whilst we restored a sash window and then moved all the furniture out of one room into another in order to paint a floor (more on that later.)
Recently, I’ve been getting frustrated with how slow the progress has been. I know it’s ironic for some one who writes about slow living to admit that, but I just wish we could speed things up a little. How your home feels, and the space around you can have a really big impact on your well-being, and at the moment I am definitely craving more calm and order from our home.
There are so many shades of white. Even on this white rose the subtleties in colour and tone vary from petal to petal. Of course how the light hits the colour alters our perception of what we see; more shadow and contrast, or more highlights. The responsibility to pick the right colours for all the rooms in our house feels like no small task. So, how do you go about deciding what colours are the best shades for the walls in your home?
When I make it onto my yoga mat, it’s an opportunity for me to connect to myself. Firstly through, my breath… with every inhale, and exhale I feel myself arrive… my body, mind and spirit join together. Sometimes it can be the first time that day, that I am truly present in the moment.
Recently my body has been feeling pretty tired, so naturally I have wanted to do a gentle practice; a few postures, and a bit of stretching to get my body moving and work out any creases. A lot of pranayama (breath work) and always a little mediation and relaxation at the end.
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.
There is something hypnotising about the summer that encourages a slower pace. I have written about it before, that particularly during the warmer months people noticeably have a strong desire to slow down.
Traditionally it’s when people go on holiday, which automatically invites a different rhythm from the rest of the year.
Bound by school terms for a large portion of childhood, maybe it’s ingrained in us from an early age, that the summer is the time to kick back and play. As adults with children, the free summer months still represent later starts and no school runs.
Perhaps also the warmer weather invites a slower lifestyle. Heat can definitely make you feel lethargic, after all the tradition of siestas became commonplace to help people avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.