Sunday, 9 September 2012


Our house. Beautiful but messy. Cluttered, and a muddle. More and more we've been talking about paring down to the basics. Using just 2 or 3 colours throughout the entire house, unifying the rooms, keeping it clean and simple.

But where to start? Been flicking through my favourite interiors books - the Baileys are the best - and madly pinning the sort of thing we're hoping to achieve (we've both decided the pic above is the one we love most). It'll be a long, long road before we're anywhere near that level of understated, simple beauty, but I hope we'll get there eventually.

Starting small is always a good idea. With that in mind we're clearing the kitchen of all the mismatched crockery, the broken cutlery, the unread cookery books. And going back to basics. Today I ordered an entire cupboard's worth of Duralex glasses in two sizes. I love the idea of there being only the option of which size is needed.

I also ordered this book - Timeless Simplicity: Creative Living in a Consumer Society - which made my husband laugh a lot. I am not known for my restraint, the children less so (total maximalists). But I'm trying... We've all had enough of the piles and piles of junk everywhere.

Do you live simply? How do you manage the day-to-day detritus? I'd love to hear your tips. And have you seen The Simple Things? A beautiful new magazine dedicated to just this kind of ethos.

A note: Ecover sent me a lovely parcel containing all the products from their new range, Ecover ZERO. As I live in a house full of eczema sufferers, it's exactly what we need - the range is fragrance free, allergy approved and suitable for those with sensitive skin. Simple.

The washing up liquid worked well, although quite a lot of product was required to wash a full sink's worth of dishes. We particularly liked the laundry liquid as clothes nearest sensitive skin need to be itch-free - this did the job. It took a while to get used to the non-scentedness of both products, but once we got our head round that we were sold. Thanks Ecover!

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