Routine Sweet Routine

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Coming back to the routine can be tough after an exciting and eventful vacation but I’ve learned through the years to appreciate returning to the order and predictability of my routine and particularly now that I have two kids, the routine’s structure makes it easier to manage them (as they inevitably get spoiled and lose good habits due to gifts and treats here and there by friends and relatives… one of my main concern was their eating and sleeping schedule which was, despite my best efforts, a bit chaotic during the vacation as I could not control relatives insisting to spend more time with them or giving them this or that treat!) The transition back though is inevitably though as you have to deal with the unpacking, cleaning and the very early morning run to the grocery store to get your daughter breakfast before her first day of school and then convincing her that she has to now go back to school! Ultimately however there’s a time when you feel that the wheels are in motion again, and precisely then you should look for a calm moment and take a small celebratory / reflective tea break! In any event I think that small daily rituals like a tea break make a hectic routine much more bearable so make sure to carve out some time for yourself on any day!

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As much as I encourage excitement and novelty in my life, which is why I welcomed the idea of moving our +2 (toddler and baby) family across the Atlantic, I’m the type that needs a degree of silhouettetiquette-designed predictable order to feel balanced and lean on my nest for that balance. Lately, I’ve been wondering about the moment when this empty white shell I’ve moved to in London and drizzled my furniture around truly started feeling like “home”. It’s been a slow process this time around as the logistics with two kids are many many times multiplied (and I think I’m getting more silhouettetiquette (i.e. demanding on the required esthetics) with age) but thankfully I am getting that home feeling back and here’s why:

  • No more boxes!
  • I’ve stopped moving furniture around to find their optimal place
  • Kitchen appliances are working again after investing in voltage transformers (seriously this London/NYC difference in voltage makes no sense in a globalized world and they need to end it for all us cooking moms out there!)
  • Curtains/blinds are installed. Sorry neighbors for discontinuing your favorite baby vs. toddler and home decoration reality shows!
  • British jargon is starting to sound natural: Rapessed oil for canola oil, buggy for stroller, nappy for diaper, lift for elevator, cheers for thank you, court shoes for high heels, pound instead of dollar and entrée is finally a starter and not a main course.

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  • I can take a shower without first getting splashed by ice-cold or burning hot water because I wasn’t sure how to use the shower handles.
  • I don’t spend 5 minutes at the door figuring out which key opens which lock.
  • I can finish a cup of tea without being disturbed by a zillion bell rings… ok, not really…but at least this time around it’s a delivery from net-a-porter and not the plumber! (oh and that door bell ring finally sounds familiar and doesn’t startle me anymore. Although for God’s sake does it have to be that loud!)
  • My toddler daughter declared “j’aime ma nouvelle maison!”

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  • I can blog again.
  • Me time is back (i.e. read something other than how to deal with baby crises and home maintenance + finally I get to do some of my internet shopping!)
  • We’re eating more home cooked meals again rather than delivery! (sorry salt)

Ultimately, after having moved so many times in the past decade I believe that one can truly make anywhere feel like home as long as they unconditionally dedicate themselves to make the place functional and customized to their lifestyle (i.e. in my case a whole lot of silouhettetiquette touches here and there!)

Happy Autumn Everyone, soon the weather won’t be warm anymore, but there will always be the warmth and blessing of home so cozy it up for the new season.

Share your thoughts and let me know what/where “home” is for you…xoxo