Home is where the heart is, as the saying goes. What you have in or around your home says a great deal about you as a person. Of course, your home should not only serve as a statement to others about you, it should also be a sanctuary, somewhere you can hide when you need to get away from the stress of living in the modern world. As hippies, our homes tend to be a bit different from other people’s. There are some things that every hippie should have in their home.
In America about 30-40 percent of the food supply is wasted due to expired food and discarded food scraps, this amounts to over 20 pounds per person, per month! This is all waste that could easily be composted. Compost piles are great because they recycle the nutrients from food waste and put them back into the soil. Compost piles are especially beneficial for those of us with gardens. Even if you don’t have a garden, you should consider composting just to keep this organic waste out of landfills.
Every hippie should have a sewing machine in their home. Sewing your own clothes is a great way to save money, and have a great sense of style. Even if you don’t want to make your own clothes (some of those patterns can be pretty complicated) you should have a sewing machine so you can mend old clothes and repurpose them. This will save you on trips to the store to buy new things, especially if you have children. Also, sewing is fun!
A Dedicated Spot For Music
Every hippie should have a guitar, or some type of musical instrument in their home. Music is vital for living a long and happy life, and playing music is very therapeutic. If you don’t play an instrument, then you should have a dedicated area in your home for listening to music. Consider turning the area where you would normally watch TV to a music area instead. Your home will be a lot happier!
An Herb And Vegetable Garden
Everyone should have a garden of some type, regardless if they consider themselves a hippie or not. As we all know, processed food is terrible for us. Unfortunately it is also readily available and pretty inexpensive up front. The cost of processed food adds up after a while, due to the health problems that all those nasty preservatives can cause. Growing your own produce eliminates those things from your diet and of course vegetables from your own garden taste a lot better!
Colorful Things On Your Walls
I don’t know about you, but I despise bare, white walls. When I was growing up, my room was covered in posters, collages, and other art projects that I made. Of course, now that I’ve grown up and I live with someone, I’ve toned it down a bit. That doesn’t mean that I don’t love having colorful things on my wall any less! Cover your wall in whatever you want, like tapestries, posters, pictures that you’ve painted, etc. Make your home reflect who you are as a person, in other words, chaotic and interesting. You should always have things to look at.
A Bookshelf Filled With Books
We live in an increasingly digitized world these days, so reading and collecting books is a bit of a lost art. Even avid readers like me tend to keep all of their books on their Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Kindle because it enables me to take all of my books with me wherever I go. I still prefer the feel of a book in my hand, and the smell of the paper as I turn the pages. I also love lending or gifting my friends good books, and that’s something that you can’t do with a Kindle. Having a bookshelf filled with good books tells people who visit your home a lot about the type of person that you are. When I go to someone’s house for the first time, I love looking at their book collections.
As a hippie, you probably have a lot of these things in your home because you are a chill person like that. Your humble abode should be not only your statement to the world, but it should also be a place that you genuinely love to spend your time in. It’s the one thing that is really yours, so make it your own!
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