I’m settling in. Slowly at first. Hanging pictures, unpacking the last box, exploring downtown.
I love this new town. Beautiful buildings, zero traffic, farmer’s market, zero-waste grocery- I feel like someone put this little place together just for me.
I love our house. It’s starting to feel like home.
I feel there’s no need to immediately fill a new space. I try not to rush out and buy a bunch of furniture and new stuff to decorate and furnish a space. I’ve been guilty of this before, buying and buying because a place was new or felt incomplete.
Now? I take my time. I wait to get to know a space before I change it. I let it tell me what belongs there.
While I no longer own as many objects as I used to, the ones I do own are so special to me. I appreciate all of them. If I leave my house I can recall each and every item that’s in there.
I thought I would share some objects that have been sparking joy for me.
I’m still letting other items go as I play The Minimalism Game with Slow Your Home and, so far, letting unwanted items go has made the things I love stand out even more.
Here they are, my joy sparkers.
1. This hat. This Staunton trucker hat was made right here in Staunton, VA. I had been looking for a ball cap and was leaning toward a Patagonia one, but the moment I found this hat I fell in love! In true “slow living” fashion I saw the hat about a week ago, didn’t buy it, thought about the purchase for a while, and when I still wanted it the following weekend I went back for it. Waiting to buy something can be a great way to see if it’s really something you want or need. Objects can sometimes give us a jolt of excitement when we first see them, if that excitement lasts for over a week then the purchase is probably worth it. And when you can, buy local!
2. This camera bag. I’ve been looking for a camera bag for a few months now. My amazing sister bought me the perfect blogging camera and I want to keep it safe. I found this bag second hand so it’s a zero-waste, vintage find. It was only $2.50 at a camera museum in downtown Staunton- it doesn’t get much better than that.3. Kombucha. This ginger kombucha is local, zero-waste with its refillable bottles, and so delicious I can’t stop drinking it. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that is so good for your belly. If you have a local health food store I bet they have it! I get mine at Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery in downtown Staunton (are you sensing a theme here?). 4.This little corner of our house. In my home tour I showed you all the shelf above our couch, at the time I mentioned that it was unfinished. I’ve finally changed things around and once I add a small cactus in a planter, it will be complete. The shelf includes a cactus print, some frames with our favorite pictures, and a photo taken by a local artist in Staunton.5. Lastly, these bees! This piece of furniture was gifted to us when we found this house. I replaced the fabric that was on it with canvas and I was waiting to find some new hardware. I found these bee knobs at another local Staunton shop called LTD 7. Take your time settling in. Don’t just buy something to fill a space. The items you do find will mean so much more. And when you can, buy local.
Remember, if it doesn’t add to your life, it doesn’t belong in your life.
Bonnie Rae xx
P.S. My home wouldn’t be a home without these four little biscuits. They make our house come alive. #adoptdontshop