Monthly Archives: October 2011

So What is a Slow Home? An Introduction.

My Boys

First, a definition:

The old adage, “home is where the heart is” rings true on this blog.

“Home” is not just a house. Home is:

  • your family
  • your relationships
  • your house, apartment, barn or tent
  • the memories you are making
  • your garden
  • your health
  • your creativity
  • your kitchen and the food you prepare in it
  • your spirituality

So the “home” I speak of here at Slow Your Home is all-encompassing. It is everything that is important. Everything that makes up the essence of you.

OK, So What Makes a Slow Home?

Now we understand that “home” is not just four walls and a roof, it’s time to look at what a slow home actually is.

  • It’s ORGANISED
  • It’s DECLUTTERED and SIMPLIFIED
  • It’s DECORATED MINDFULLY
  • It’s FILLED WITH GOOD MEMORIES
  • It’s LIGHT and AIRY
  • It’s CONNECTED TO THE OUTDOORS
  • It’s PART OF A COMMUNITY
  • It’s GREEN, HEALTHY and ECO-CONSCIOUS
  • It GIVES TIME AND SPACE TO ENJOY LIFE

If you look at each of these elements separately (and I plan to, over the coming weeks) they are all incredibly positive traits to have in your home. Combine them – even some of them – and your life and home will benefit more than you can imagine.

Well, that’s the plan anyway!

**Just a note: At no point am I suggesting that I have my shit completely together with creating a slow home. I don’t. Not by a long shot.

But I am heading down the path towards a slower and simpler life and would love to share the successes and failures along the way, hoping to inspire and inform – and entertain! – those of you who come along for the ride.**

 

An Extra-Special Handcrafted Gift

So I took a few extra days over the long weekend to catch up after a ridiculously busy few weeks. And let me tell you, serious lounge + blanket time was just the cure for my weary bones.

Sparky’s 30th party was a fun, enormous, crazy success. And I judge the success of a party on the following criteria:

  • divets in the floorboards from dancing? CHECK
  • blue face paint everywhere? CHECK
  • Chewbacca fur in our bed? CHECK
  • two days to clean up the house? CHECK
  • dancing-induced feet injuries? CHECK

It was a good’un.

And in keeping with my handmade/homemade/vintage/recycled gift challenge this year, the kids and I gifted Sparky with this incredible handmade (locally made!) dining table. It was crafted from 100-year-old oregon timbers that were found in a Masonic hall on the South Coast.

A dining table represents so much of where we are heading together – family, good friends, entertaining, laughter, memory-making, great food – and this piece is certain to remain in our home for a very, very long time. It’s heirloom furniture, and we love it.

And on that note, it is the weekend again! Off to celebrate Sparky’s (actual) birthday with sparkling burgundy, dinner with the in-laws and tapas tomorrow night!

Life is, indeed, spectacular!

 

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – STEVE JOBS.