The Best Of Slow Your Home

Best of Slow Your Home: And there are far, far better things ahead.

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Sit back, grab a coffee, Tweet it out and bookmark this page if need be. This post is going to give you a lot to think about.

I’ve been writing about creating a simpler life for just on two years. Over those two years, my writing has improved dramatically, my worldview has shifted and my life and the life of my family is infinitely better. Simpler, freer, happier.

Those two years have produced over 280 articles – that’s more than 160,000 words – on creating your simpler life.

I write them to share what I have learned, what I struggle with, what I want you to know. I write them to myself, I write them to people I love, I write them to strangers.

It’s a great deal of time that I spend on this site, and I do it because I believe 200% in the positive power of living a simpler life. I know it helps people, it improves lives, it brings about happiness and passion and purpose and joy.

That being said, I don’t expect you to wade through 160,000 words to find the nuggets of gold.

So I’ve put together a definitive list:

The Best Of Slow Your Home (so far)

Grab a cup and dive in, my friends!

21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Simplify Your Life

You can start today, and this list gives you 21 actions to get you on your way to a simpler, happier life. Read More…

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful, Clutter-Free Home

Now, if shiny, white boxes float your boat, then that’s fabulous. But me? I love a home that has warmth, personality and history. I simply don’t like clutter. This post shows you that creating a beautiful, simple, clutter-free home does not mean creating a boring, sterile, style-less home. Read more…

Simple Living, It’s Ridiculously Complex

What is Simple Living? The same as success or happiness, it’s vastly different things to different people. But to me, and on this blog, simple living is… Read more.

Get Rid of Your Paper Clutter Once and For All

Get rid of your paper clutter and the stress that comes with it. This is Part One of a 3-part series taking you through the entire process of getting organised and getting rid of the paper clutter – once and for all. Read more…

Comparison is a Losing Game

It’s a merry-go-round of negativity and in the game of comparison, no-one wins. Read more…

9 Kick-Arse Reasons to Slow Your Home

If you’re needing some motivation, just look at what you have to gain by creating your own Slow Home. Read more…

‘D’ is for Decluttering

An inescapable part of creating a simpler, slower home is decluttering. This post takes you through the Never-Fail decluttering technique – it’s the only thing you need to know before you dive in. Read more…

The Ultimate Clutter-Free Gift Guide

Be it Christmas, birthday or anniversary, there are dozens of gift-giving times throughout the year. This post gives you 28 clutter-free gift options for your loved ones. Give a gift of love and enjoyment, not clutter and guilt. Read more…

“But… It’s Free!”

Next time, think very carefully before accepting a gift with purchase. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you need it. In fact, the opposite is likely true. Read more…

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Try and adopt some of these 12 into your daily life – I guarantee you will benefit. Read more…

Use It? Need It? Love It?

Asking yourself those three questions when decluttering will make your decisions so much easier. “Do I use it? Do I need it? Do I love it?” Read more…

How to Start

You don’t need to start big. In fact, you probably shouldn’t try. But to create the simpler life you want, you do need to start. This post shows you how. Read more…

3 Questions for Decluttering Sentimental Items

Sentimental items feel like more than stuff. There is emotion tied up in them and they are often the hardest things to let go of. These three questions will help dramatically with your sentimental stuff. Read more…

How to be an Introvert and Still Succeed at Conferences

Written from awkward personal experience… Read more.

What is a Slow Home? 

The ultimate starting point, this post describes what a slow home is all about and why you will benefit from living in one. Read more…

Parents – Are You Getting Any?

We need it. We love it. We desire it. What is it? Read more…

How to Simplify Your Online Life

It is such a huge part of our daily life, but how do you stop your online life taking over your entire life? Read more…

How is Your Other Half?

Are you working on creating a balanced person? Or are you neglecting your other half? Read more…

The Antidote to Perfection

Can I tell you what’s better than perfect? Living. Living is better than perfect. Read more…

The Myth of Work/Life Balance

I don’t think it is actually possible to create a life that balances work and life perfectly. In fact, it’s all about the tilt. Read more…

The New York Times Best-Selling Author…And Me

The opportunities that await us – if only we learn to be open to them – are amazing.  Read more…

Lessons on Happiness – From a Pain in the Arse Teenager

I was a HUGE pain in the arse teenager. Huge. But I did learn one long-lasting lesson on happiness, and I’m here to tell you about it. 15-year-old attitude and all. Read more…

The Days Are Long…

The days are long, but the years are short. Some thoughts on learning to live in the moment. Read more…


That’s it. The best. For now.

Let me assure you, though, there are far, far greater things ahead. And I am so excited to share them with you.

Brooke xx

14 Responses to The Best Of Slow Your Home

  1. Dan says:

    Hi Brooke,

    I’ll have to read some of your earlier stuff since I’ve only been following you for a couple of months now. I have to say that your blog seems more personal and sincere than some of the other simple living/minimalist blogs. I really enjoy your ideas.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

    • Brooke McAlary says:

      Thank you, Dan. That’s really kind of you to say. I feel like, over time, I’m finding my voice and getting a feel for my own version of simple life. It’s an awesome journey though!

  2. Thanks for this! I’m also relatively new here, and I’ll enjoy taking my time reading these. I liked your article on managing online time. That’s been really relevant to my life right now, as I decided that life would be better without Facebook. And, guess what, for me, it is!

    • Brooke McAlary says:

      Thanks, Bethany! So glad to hear you’re finding the blog useful. And I hear you RE Facebook. I barely use it personally, and am only ever on it to connect with blog readers.

      • I thought I needed FB to connect to my readers, and it was interesting to see how many people “liked” my blog, from around the world! But then, FB decided my blog was “spam” and would not allow any links to it. The fact that this did not cause ANY decrease in traffic helped lead to my decision to leave, even after they decided I wasn’t spam afterall.

        But still, all things can be useful in moderation…

        • Brooke McAlary says:

          That’s very, very interesting, Bethany. I waver between leaving Facebook completely and feelings of guilt for the followers and readers I have there. But your example has given more weight to the idea of leaving… Thanks for the info!

  3. Thanks for this post – plenty to keep me motivated there.
    A great quote by CS Lewis as well. Have a great weekend!

  4. Pam says:

    Really needed that quote today, thank you very much for share.

    I am pretty new to your site and have bookmarked this post, plenty good stuff to work through, cheers :)

  5. Sue says:

    Just discovered your blog (from Becoming Minimalist guest post) and wanted to drop a line to say I love your site. Will definitely be swinging by regularly for a dose of inspiration for the ‘slowing down and simplifying’ journey. Thanks!

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