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
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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Sometimes it’s the little finishing touches that make a home feel cosy; like a sheepswool draped over an armchair, a fresh bunch of flowers by the night stand or a few tea light candles above the fireplace.
Sometimes even a very basic bathroom can be made to look so much better with just a small vase of flowers and some fresh linens.
In fact, beyond our furniture, it’s often the little ‘accessories’ that actually determine the feel of a home. Over the years I’ve developed a few favourites… Continue reading “Making a rental house a home”
Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.
– Graham Hill, LifeEdited
Six months ago we started living closer to our values and moved from a big house in the suburbs to a narrow 75 square metre workers cottage that shared a wall with our neighbours on both sides, just a few streets back from the beach.
Our families thought we were mad to downsize just as we were expecting the pitter patter of more little feet, but the way we saw it we were gaining so much with a more walkable bayside suburb, a tighter community and a smaller cost of living and environmental footprint.
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