9 Kick-Arse Reasons to Slow Your Home


We’ve looked at what a slow home is before, but today I want to tell you why you should bother.

Yes, there is work involved at the beginning. No, it’s not all sunshine and bubble baths. But, seriously, from what I’ve already gained, I can tell you you’d be crazy to pass it up.

In an Organised, Decluttered Home:

1. you spend less time cleaning your belongings – because you have fewer of them
2. you spend less time looking for things – because everything has its place
3. you can focus on the things that matter, like family and friends – because you have less stuff to worry about
4. you always remember what you need as you head out the door – because you have a designated entry/exit point

In a Green, Healthy Home:

5. you reduce waste and your impact on the environment – because you compost your food scraps or feed them to your chooks

6. you don’t expose your family to unnecessary cleaning and laundry chemicals – because you use effective, natural alternatives

7. your inside air isn’t filled with toxins and VOCs – because you open your windows and use indoor plants as natural air filters

In a Light, Airy Home:

8. you have lower electricity bills – because you need fewer lights on during the day
9. you consume less power for heating and cooling – because cross-ventilation and good insulation help keep temperatures comfortable year-round

Need More Convincing?

I feel lighter in our home. I feel healthier. It is easier to keep clean (that is a relative statement of course – “clean” being different to “tidy”).  I feel happier. More inclined to be active, to spend time outside. I drink more water. I’m more mindful of what I eat.

And you can too. It’s really not that hard.

The Best Thing?

You don’t need to tackle all these things at once. In fact, you are far more likely to make changes that stick if you focus on just one of these things at a time. Before you know it, your baby steps will add up to a much healthier, happier life.

If you could choose one of these things to work on first, which would it be?

7 Responses to 9 Kick-Arse Reasons to Slow Your Home

  1. Hi Brooke…I couldn’t agree more. It’s been only quite recently that I have started living by the philosophy less is more! Now I get a real kick out of making dinner with what’s in the fridge or garden instead of running to the supermarket, cutting down on household chores like washing by limiting everyone to one outfit per day and even making them wear their jeans twice and having some money left in my ‘housekeeping’ at the end of the week to do something special for myself or as a family. Thanks for all of your inspiration x

    • It’s amazing isn’t it, Kristin?! Less is more is such a succinct way of putting it too. I can’t quite believe how much more relaxed I feel in comparison to 12 months ago.

      We’re still working on the growing our own food part (baby steps!) but just the act of planning our meals is enough to mean we don’t waste as much or spend as much. Unfortunately, I think any money saved is going straight to the wine fund! ;)

  2. I can see the area I haven’t made any progress in: green, healthy home. Maybe this summer, when I can find more time. (Your blog is really coming along. Exciting to see how you’re developing!)

    • Thanks so much, Rita! I’ve got so many plans, but it’s just finding the time to get working on them!!

      And I’m all for baby steps, and ditching the guilt. We’ll each get to focus on what’s needed, when we can. :)

  3. This is great! I’m so happy I found your blog, Brooke! I recently started minimizing everything around my home and my environment so I bought an eco egg for the laundry, microfibre clothes for cleaning (and vinegar and soda bicarbonat) and for myself a ladycup… :) Read Marie Kondo’s famous book and the “Simplicity Parenting”, de-cluttered almost a lot of unnecessary stuff from our home and it all just gives me the power and will to go on doing like this… Then I found your video, and this blog and this is how it goes… :) This is just the beginning and I’m so excited about how our life will look like in about a year! Big changes are ahead! (Sorry for my English…) :)

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