Cargo Bike

Dutch cargo bike blog

The bicycle: such a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems.

Last summer I bought a cargo bike from a lovely woman named Nic who had moved to Montmorency and no longer had a place to ride her bike. I had seen them in Amsterdam years before, watching the Dutch ferry their kids to school as part of their daily commute complete with leather satchels, baby capsules and even their dogs riding in the front cart. I had wanted one for so long – until one day, the universe delivered…

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Decluttering

Simple living blog

Because the home is a reflection of the mind

… and tidying up is life-changing.

However we choose to declutter, the true benefit beyond having less in our home and mind, lies in the clarity that follows the process.

Once we strip away the materialism of life, a certain clarity arrives, based on our values and how we choose to live our lives, that is unmovable – permanent, unwavering, and what remains speaks volumes.

Every decision becomes a values based one, and we no longer wonder. We begin to live in the now, letting our values and our bodies guide us forward

as the mind becomes quiet 

 

A time to splurge

Sustainable living

In a lot of ways we live pretty conservatively, consuming mindfully and slowly, however I was thinking the other day that there are still certain times when it’s good to let it rain and spend with absolute reckless abandon. Continue reading “A time to splurge”

Environmentalist Graham Hill

Small space living podcast

Design your life to include money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy

Graham Hill is one of those amazing humans who has a string of achievements across multiple disciplines. He launched Treehugger.com while backpacking around the world, which went on to become the largest green site on the web at the time, he then started LifeEdited which inspired New Yorkers to live more with less through a series of small space living design projects.

Graham has also collaborated on a thin bike that won a Red Dot design award, and was an early pioneer of the reusable coffee cup movement, his being a replica of the iconic New York disposable coffee cup.

Our chat covers the importance of community and progress over perfection, bringing back the in-between times and limiting social media use in order to foster stronger personal connections.

It was recorded over many thousands of miles; Graham was in Maui at the time and I was in Melbourne, so forgive me the sound recording isn’t up to our usual standard but the conversation definitely is, so please stick with me, I promise it’s worth it.

Storage

small space living storage

The best storage solution is none at all.

At times one might feel the need for clever storage solutions in order to have an organised home, when really what’s required is just less… When it comes to storage ideas for small space living, I believe the first step is to declutter the Japanese way so there is less to store and we are left with only our favourite things.

I find when we love the the things we own, our useful items become our design aesthetic, especially if they’re made from natural fibres… household tools made from wood, natural grasses, horsehair, linen etc often look good enough to be left out on display so there’s no need to hide them away in a cupboard. For example we store our broom on a peg rail in the kitchen, and our spare white bedsheets live stacked in a wire basket on the shelf in lieu of storage space.

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Sustainable sustainability

Simple living

Once you make the mental shift towards sustainability, you’ll find that slowly everything will just fall into place.

When I first had Oliver I began to think about the world that he would inherit, and how different it was to the world I was born into as an 80’s child with wooden toys and landline phones and long bike rides before sunset.

By comparison Ol has been born into a much faster era made up of overstimulating technology, plastic toys and extreme advertising.

As much as I can I try to create family rhythms at home that are based on my childhood, and even my mum’s childhood as a nod to my Nan, however these days the reaches of technology and plastic are pretty prolific… When I grew up we collected shells on the beach, now we collect plastic. 

As part of this journey I came across Zero Waste legend Bea Johnson’s interview on CGTN America (in a late night YouTube rabbit hole no less) – an unforgettable clip about how Bea and her family live without contributing waste to landfill.

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