Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Home



Pictures from my last place in Sweden



The most important ingredients in a home is the people living in it. There's no doubt about that. There's a few things that, if you ask me, that helps to make my home a happy place. Without harmony there is no home. I found harmony in simplicity. Having less things, but things that I have for a reason (may it be beauty or that I really need a certain item every day, if possible both!) That makes it easier to avoid clutter around the home. It makes my home easier to keep clean and I know where I have my things. More time to enjoy doing what I really want to spend my time doing - spend time with my family, friends, ride my horses and take pictures. Harmony and peace of mind doesn't come automatically, it's a decision. A decision to be made every day, just like eating healthy food and exercise. 

For me staying organized frees up time. Time gives me freedom. Time also sparks my creativity. Being disorganized on the other hand have the opposite effect. It kills my creativity, takes my energy away and leaves the harmony outside the door. A happy home doesn't cost a lot of money, just the commitment to make one.


My grandfather made this beautiful wooden coach that I had in my kitchen.


How much things do I really need? I want my home to be a warm welcoming place
 with beautiful things, BUT is it possible that I have things that I don't need?
Things that makes it time consuming to manage my house?



         What brings you harmony? What's the key ingredient that makes your house a home?




10 comments:

  1. Jag har väldigt få saker. Har skalat ner allteftersom pga alla flyttar jag haft. Och när jag flyttade till USA tog jag inte med mig någonting egentligen från Sverige mer än kläder, några böcker och några få ytterligare saker. Har lärt mig att uppskatta att ha litet. Eftersom jag inte haft lika mycket pengar här i USA som jag hade i Sverige har jag fått göra det bästa med mindre resurser. Det går bra det med. :) Man behöver egentligen rätt litet för att fungera i vardagen. Det skall se trevligt ut men det behöver inte vara någon lyx. Kram!

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    1. Jag tog inte heller med mig så mycket saker, det är ju en så lång och omständlig flytt. Jag önskar att jag hade kunnat ta med farfars kökssoffa (den på bilden.)

      "Man behöver egentligen rätt litet för att fungera i vardagen. Det skall se trevligt ut men det behöver inte vara någon lyx", håller verkligen med dig om det :)

      Kram

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  2. As a child, we had an exchange student from Sweden (Anna) and she was lovely. My mother kept in touch with her for many years afterwards but this post has mad eme think of her again. Thanks for the great memories.

    Visiting from the Our Every Harvest Hop (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/2013/03/weekly-humorous-drivel-mexico-earthquakes-monkeys.html).

    New follower via GFC (http://www.blogger.com/follow-blog.g?blogID=1731204445266420681).

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

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    1. Hi Sarah!

      I'm so happy to hear about your positive memories of your Swedish friend :) I always wanted to be an exchange student when I was a teenager. That never happened, but here I am now instead :)

      Looking forward to follow your journey!

      See you soon!

      xo Maria

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  3. What a beautiful home. You are right staying organized is really important. When I am unorganized things seems to messy and bad in a hurry.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia!

      For me it goes hand in hand~ organized, uncluttered, clean, creativity and free time v/s unorganized, cluttered (home), dirty, no energy, messy and no free time. I guess balance is the key :)

      Thank you for your thoughts!

      ~ Maria

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  4. This post speaks so much truth! Right now we are in the middle of moving.. so there is clutter everywhere. I am determined to have this place with much less cluter. It is so much less stresfull.

    I found you today through the harvesting friends link up and am following through GFC

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    1. Hi Desirae, so very nice to meet you! I had to check out your blog and discovered that you're from Canada but live in Denmark. Kind of funny that you're a Canadian in Denmark and I'm a Swedish girl in California! :)

      I hope you're move goes as smooth as possible.

      Looking forward to follow your blog, especially seeing your pictures, in the future.

      ~ Maria

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  5. You have such beautiful simplicity. I love the look. My home is cozy. We sit around together and enjoy each other. I think everyone has their own feel that they want to create. Each is right for that person. I found you on Harvest of Friends Blog Hop

    http://agutandabutt.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thank you Betty! I believe you're right. Good thing we don't all like the same look :) It would be so boring then.

    Looking forward to follow you Betty!

    ~ Maria

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