Hurry, quick, faster…. whoa – STOP! Sometimes I believe we have driven ourselves into a frenzy with our desire to do more, to multi-task and to have a living environment full of every “new thing”. I have been researching The Slow Home Movement, as a result, I think I found just what I need.
Slow Home living is about truly enjoying the important things mindfully. It is not just about your dwelling itself, but also your stuff and your community. First of all, it does not matter whether your own or rent. Furthermore, your space can be large or small. Most importantly, the slow home is designed to efficiently and thoughtfully support your life. We have hurried ourselves into tuning-out in our homes and our neighborhood. Slow down, take a breath, tune-in and certaininly, consider a thoughtful approach to home design and living.
We can build new homes or simply modify our current spaces to simplify our lives and focus on what is most important.
If you are building a new home, start with Slow Home Studio for some ideas. I like their 12 step Slow Home design philosophy (book available on web site). It is a “practical, easy-to-follow architectural guide for creating a Slow Home that is simple to live in and light on the environment”.
In your existing home, a great place to start is to simplify and declutter, to arrange spaces that encourage conversation. Allow yourself and your possessions to have the right amount of space. Finally, keep the focus off of electronics and work.
I found a fun design book that shows some beautiful examples of Interiors for Slow Living. The Kinfolk Home book explores homes that have been put together carefully, slowly and with intention.
Slow Home Guide
I found inspiration in an article written some time ago by Cambria Bold. She summarized that slow living is:
- A thoughtfully-designed place that feels good to be in and makes life easier.
- Sized appropriately for its residents.
- Reduces unnecessary or wasteful energy or water usage.
- Reduces greenhouse gas and unhealthy household chemical emissions.
- Benefits the planet without sacrificing quality of life.
- Supports life in a community.
- Has a strong connection to the outdoors.
- Makes every effort to support daylighting and natural heating and cooling methods.
- Establishes a functional entry space, or landing strip.
- Focuses on efficient furniture layout that is multi-functional and breathable.
- Emphasizes sufficient, well-organized storage in all rooms.
- Accessorized personally, thoughtfully, and with an eye towards healthy, lasting design.
Explore Slow Home
I am certainly still on my journey to a slow home. There are many resources to further explore this movement and how to apply it in your own home. Here are just a few:
Website: Slow Your Home
Podcast hosted by Brooke McAlary “Slow Living for a Fast World”
Facebook: Slow Your Home on Facebook @SlowYourHome
Magazine: Slow Magazine
Article: The Slow Home Movement – in Mother Earth Living
Blog: Slow Home movement
Website: Slow Home Studio
I am curious about the slower things in life, and consequently, want to create a thoughtful, sustainable (and fun) lifestyle. Let me know if you have any thoughts about the slow home movement. We can sit down and chat – mindfully.
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