Play #1

Play #1 - The Slow Home Experiment

A new month rings in a new Slow Home Experiment, and after the fairly heavy workload of last month’s decluttering experiment, in November we’re going for something more playful. In fact, as we explained in last week’s episode, we’re experimenting with daily play! (Or random silliness, playfulness, wonder, non-task-oriented things, call it what you will.)

Unsurprisingly, it’s been lots of fun this week, but Ben and I talk about the fact that he is much more naturally playful than I am, and that this week has been more challenging than I’d expected. We look at why that might be, plus how I’m choosing to remind myself to lighten up every day and rediscover my inner child.

One thing I wanted to make clear too, is that this experiment is definitely not just for those of us with kids at home. Everyone has the opportunity to be more playful, and while kids perhaps make it more obvious that play is available at every turn, play can be anything that’s just for fun. There are so many ways we can re-engage that sense of child-like wonder in our days, and Ben and I talk through some of them in today’s poggie.

    • Play games (board games, sports, random rumblings with pets)
    • Listen to great music and dance (like no-one’s watching!)
    • Give a playful answer where you might otherwise be serious
    • Listen to a funny podcast or watch a funny movie
  • Try and uncover the tasks that give you a real sense of lightness or silliness, and do them daily

This is another experiment that is open to everyone, and I’m really excited to see the #slowhomeexperiment posts popping up on Instagram! It’s never too late to join in, and feel free to tag your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment.

In the meantime, have a cracker of a week.

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3 Responses to Play #1

  1. Love this month’s experiment, especially after the huge declutter last month. Laughed to myself, because as soon as you suggested “listen to a funny podcast”, I immediately thought of “My Dad wrote a porno”! It is my second favourite podcast after yours. At least I can listen you while driving. Almost had an accident listening to the other one. Need suggestions for more funny ones as “My Dad…” is finished until they start Book 3 in 2017 :-( Keep playing and have fun.

  2. This is such a good idea. I, too am tasking too much. I do to take quiet moments, do nothing moments. But I don’t just play nearly enough. I am going to really make an effort. Thanks for your insights!!

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