I am just getting into podcasts and decided to do a little exploring in internet land about simple living podcasts for my drive to work in the mornings. That brought me to A Welder’s Life Blog https://www.awelderswife.com/2017/09/favorite-simple-living-podcasts/ in which she features her favorite simple living blogs. I half picked “Cohesive Home” randomly and half because it was a really pretty blog.
I was a little nervous going into this podcast because Kate, one of the authors (?) podcast-ers (?) has two children and lives in a tiny home and that’s an immediate red flag for me. But when you read their “what we believe section” Kate and Melissa call themselves “lazy minimalists” and I so I didn’t close their page just yet.
Which is a good thing because within five minutes of listening to their first podcast I was pretty much hooked. Mainly because of their reasoning for creating their podcast–to create a community of people who wanted to live simply but didn’t want to live minimally. Emily Ley also writes about the same concept–living minimalist is an extreme, rarely actually attainable by anyone who is also normal. Living simply, Kate and Melissa say, is more focused on intentional choosing of what you do with your time, your number of responsibilities, and deliberately selecting what you own.
While I don’t want to get completely sidetracked with this podcast, it lines up nicely with what I’m currently reading. However, there are items that I feel like I will need to return to if Emily Ley doesn’t address them–children’s artwork guilt being the number one concern that I am also avoiding like the plague.
I love the episode on “Kids Spaces.” It delves into an issue I find incredibly hard to overcome. There are a lot of great points made and the message is clear: the more kids have, the more mess they can make and the less “white space” is available to them to create and play. Kate and Melissa say
“I’ve noticed…if they are just surrounded in clutter, they lose that inspiration to engage in imaginative play. ..They can’t see past the clutter, like we can’t.” This really hit home for me. If I can’t process when the house is a mess, how can I expect Henry to?
They also relay that it’s important to start
Management of the stuff–one day’s mess carries over to the next day. How this is just as bad for us as it is for kids.
I’m also a little obsessed with the idea of a toy library (hello–librarian over here!). The toy library works like this:
- Most toys are organized in bins and stored out of site (say a basement or garage)
- Bins are labeled with toys inside.
- Kids select 1-2 bins to play with in their rooms.
- When they are done playing with those toys, they go back in the bins and swap out for a new set of toys.
This is the prettiest picture I could find of one:
With a garage in the future house, this may be a possibility. It looks like it’s time to purchase some bins.
In other Podcast news, I love Jolenta and Kristen over at By The Book and here’s a link to their Marie Kondo review. If you’re looking for a real-life review on The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (or really just any self-help book) they’re the ones to check out!