Monthly Archives: October 2016

Decluttering #2

Decluttering #2 - The Slow Home Experiment

You might remember I was quite optimistic at the beginning of this month’s decluttering experiment,  fairly certain I was going to find 500 items to let go of between the beginning and end of October… Well, turns out I might have been a tad over-confident.

Ben and I talk through the past week and our efforts in continuing the Slow Home Experiment, and while so far so good, I’m not going to lie – I’m concerned at what the latter part of the month will look like.

I think it’s proving more difficult than expected for two reasons:

    1. We don’t have as much stuff to let go of as we used to so I need to be very intentional and clinical as I move through the house looking for excess stuff (and honestly, I’m out of practice).
  1. The stop-start nature of the experiment is taking some getting used to. Needing to shift in to a daily practice of letting go rather than my preferred method of ‘get annoyed at the clutter and let go of 300 things in one day’ is proving a challenge, but definitely one that will help me to dig in to that last layer of sticky clutter and let go.

What I do know is that the feeling of lightness I get when letting go is enough to keep me motivated, and it’s really interesting to go back to that questioning phase. Plus, it’s causing me to look a lot more closely at the clutter we’ve become blind to over the past 12 months.

Here are pictures of (most of) our items over the past week (49 each):

Decluttering Slow Home Experiment - Week 2

Decluttering Slow Home Experiment - Week 2

This month is already proving to be a really fun experiment that lots of you are joining in on, so please feel free to play along (it’s never too late to start!) and tag your social media posts with both #minsgame and #slowhomeexperiment.

In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

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Birthday Parties and the Zombie Apocalypse

Birthday Parties and Zombie Gardening - Episode 108 of The Slow Home Podcast
(Courtesy AMC / FOX)

We’re in the thick of school holidays right now, which, if I’m being honest, has meant a significant readjustment since Ben and I began working together this year. On occasion we really feel the tension between living, working, parenting and adulting in the one place, and school holidays can be one of those times.

That’s not to say it’s a bad tension, but definitely a new thing we’ve had to learn to navigate since that super exciting conversation on New Years Day this year, and you’ll hear us navigating it a little today with the kid-centric noise ramping up in the background of today’s poggie! 

This is another hostful episode and, boy oh boy, did you ask some cracking good questions! We weren’t able to get through them all, but rest assured we will work on answering them in next month’s Q & A show, as well as any others you might want to ask over on Facebook or in the comments below.

Here are some of the questions we tackle in today’s host-only affair:

    • I’m a 20 year old university student and a big advocate of slow living, but I feel like a lot of the content out there is targeted towards a different age group. What advice would you give to your 20 year old selves regarding slow living and what would you have done differently at that age if you’d been introduced to this idea sooner?
    • Can you talk about school holidays and your thoughts on structured activities for your kids versus encouraging them to find their own fun?
    • How do you navigate birthday parties? With sport friends, school friends, parent friends with their kids …. it can turn into a party every weekend! Kids love parties and being invited so much so that I think saying a flat out ‘no’ is almost cruel. And if you go and celebrate one child’s birthday, then isn’t it nasty to say no to another child? I’d also love to hear your thoughts on actually hosting a party and the gifts and the lolly bags etc.
    • I am working from home and find myself distracted by laundry and dishes…I’d love to hear details about how you get work done. Specifically, your daily rhythm, how you set boundaries around work/home management etc.
  • If the world were presented with a zombie apocalypse, do you think it would still be necessary to live a slow life? How well do you suppose you both might fare in that situation?

I told you they were great! To go from 20-year-old versions of ourselves, to navigating the zombie apocalypse and everything in between – well, that’s just a whole heap of fun.

Turns out I have some very real thoughts about birthday parties and zombies (not necessarily together) and Ben has some really excellent insights into how he breaks his work days in to chunks that allow him to get a lot of work done without getting overwhelmed or becoming distracted.

Enjoy today’s hosts-only show, and be sure to leave us a comment with your questions so we can answer it next month.

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Decluttering #1

Decluttering #1 - The Slow Home Experiment

It’s the beginning of a new month, which means the start of a new Slow Home Experiment!

In today’s episode Ben and I talk about our new decluttering experiment, why we wanted to go back to our simple living roots, and the rules of the #MinsGame we’re following this month.

Essentially though, the #MinsGame is super simple:

    • Day 1 of the month, let go of one thing. Day 2, two things. Day 3, three things, and so on, all the way to the end of the month.
    • Ben and I are choosing to do this individually, which means double the stuff leaving our home.
    • We’re going to try to keep it to our personal things and shared household items (ie not any of the kids stuff) simply to see how challenging it will be.
    • You can choose what your parameters are though – there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Just try and make it a consistent action every day and see how you feel in a month’s time.
  • We’re collecting our items for donation to the local op shop and have a bag in the linen cupboard for that purpose. When it’s full we’ll drop the bag off and start another. There’s no need to make a daily trip, just make sure you have a place to put your decluttering items and remember to drop them off when the bag or box is full.

In today’s poggie, both of us talk through our first three days worth of clutter, the strange emotional attachment we form with things – particularly when tied to important moments in life – and the freedom and lightness that comes with letting go.

Here are both mine and Ben’s items from the first three days:

Decluttering #1 - The Slow Home Experiment

Decluttering #1 - The Slow Home Experiment

I also spend some time talking about the importance of simplifying and the impact decluttering the family home had on my recovery from post-natal depression, as well as the massive ongoing benefits that letting go of the excess has provided over the past few years.

This month is going to be a really fun experiment that anyone can join in on, so please feel free to play along, and tag your social media posts with both #minsgame and #slowhomeexperiment.

In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

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