It was Summer Solstice last weekend, the longest day is now behind us. Summer is here and the warm weather is settling in to stay (hopefully).
I find this season the most freeing. Being able to open the doors, let the kids run between home and garden, playing happily with a few pots, pans and a water tray in nothing but their birthday suits, afternoon ice pops and bowls of summer berries, making garden posies for the house, being barefoot and bare legged and taking spontaneous walks with a picnic rug to lay out when we find the perfect spot. All these things make me so happy.
A change in season marks a change up in our home too. With each seasonal shift I try to have a little sort through. Most recently I’ve been working through that dreaded drawer full of things that haven’t been put in their place and end up there at the end of the day when I do my whip round. I’ve also been working my way through the children’s clothes, boxing and bagging up things that no longer fit or are too warm for summer and bringing out forgotten gems from the loft that were bought at thrift stores long ago waiting for their moment. I find sorting the kid’s clothes the hardest kind of organising – it’s tough acknowledging that they’re growing and it’s always hard to let go when I drop things off at the charity shop. Much as I want them to bloom, I also wish each age would linger a little longer than it does. That bittersweet motherhood vibe again.
I’ll be doing a couple of posts here over the coming weeks about our home and our way of life. Sharing little tit bits on how we strive to live simply, avoid unnecessary clutter, manage the day to day messes and keep our home as much of a sanctuary as possible without making it a museum. When you share your house with children you have to find a rhythm for home that works for you all. Something that gives the balance between fun spaces, happy messes and a sense of order and calm that seems to breed, (in our home anyway), a happy kind of harmony. It’s something I’ve probably only worked through myself the last few months – finally finding my groove as a homemaker (and I don’t mean that in any kind of 1950s housewife sense!) Years of being a messy person caught up with me when we took the leap to go open plan whilst simultaneously having our second child and I’ve found that order and simplicity is really important to my mood and that of my family.
I’ll also be back here soon catching up with The 52 Project and sharing some highlights from our recent holiday.