A few years back, I bought a magnet with the word simple on it. It sits on the side of my microwave to remind me that sometimes simple is best. It’s my own take on the well known ‘less is more’.
It was the architect Mies van der Rohe who adopted this phrase to explain his approach to minimalist design. I like these words because they give us permission not to go overboard, or fill every space, or for that matter, cram full every minute of the day. Basically it’s saying to keep things simple and by keeping things simple, we’re promoting quality over quantity.
With summer now here, it’s a great time to adopt the simple philosophy. Here are 6 simple summer tips.
1. Have fresh flowers in the house always.
It’s so easy in the summer to bring in something from the garden. A small vase of pansies or a few branches from a tree is an easy way to summer up a home.
2. Let the light shine in.
Pull back the draperies and open the blinds. Move furniture away from the windows so the light can flood the room.
3. Eat most meals outside.
4. Take advantage of yard sales.
Not for buying more, but for getting rid of useless clutter. Become a ‘less is more’ devotee. If an object isn’t visually pleasing, as well as functional, toss it.
5. Plant a pot of herbs and enjoy.
Not only will a planter of herbs look beautiful, it’s also useful.
6. Smell the fresh air.
Open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. One of my favourite tricks to having a beautifully fragrant home is to lightly spray a good quality home fragrance on my window screen. As the breeze blows through the house, so too does a wonderful scent.
Life today seems to be always in high gear. I’ve found that the breaks can be put on by just keeping it simple. When our homes are peaceful and organized, it allows us to enjoy the simple things. Summer is about sunshine, fresh air, and laughter. Does your home allow you to enjoy these simple things?
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