Since we can’t all live in a cabin in the woods, on a boat in the ocean, or in an eco-pod in the middle of nowhere, here are 5 ways to Rewild your home:
Grow your food! Even if your apartment will only accommodate a window herb garden, plant something that you care for and harvest yourself. Aside from the satisfaction of seeing your little plant grow, everything tastes better when you grow and cook it yourself! Do yourself a favor and learn what plants thrive in your area and in what season to plant and harvest (check out the seasonal table at epicurious.com: here).
When you’re done cooking, eat outdoors! Use your balcony, patio, or at least have a chair by the window where you will look forward to enjoying your meals or your morning coffee and tea. Anything you do on idle, from checking your social networks to folding laundry, can be done from your outdoor sanctuary you create for yourself at home. For smaller living spaces with no outdoor deck options, rearrange your furniture so you have a clear view of the sky and trees near a window in your home – and open it once in a while to let in the outside air!
While you’re moving your couch to a sunlit corner of your living room, consider planting wildflowers near your windows which attract bees and birds. Butterflies and hummingbirds prefer nectar-rich plants. Keep some plants inside your home, too! From cut flowers to potted greenery (purchased at the market or grown on your own), keep plants by your windows and on your coffee tables! Ask your local garden store which plants are air purifiers and ReWild your indoor life with azaleas or bamboo palms! (Those of you with pets, please, make sure you check on which plants are toxic to your furry or feathered companions. Look up toxic plants for your cats, dogs, and horses at www.aspca.org).
Let your outdoor activities be your indoor art! The next time you walk the dogs through the park or take a family vacation, make a point to take photos of beautiful foliage, rushing rivers, and colorful sunsets. Decorate your home with your adventures to bring what you love about being outside inside!
Lastly, if you’re going to stay in and watch a movie, rather than the latest blockbuster to land on Netflix, search for a film about explorers or a documentary about a wild animal of your own personal interest (try Beavers or Oceans). If you’re more the type to curl up with the latest novel by your favorite author, consider a novel or true story about explorations through the mountains and deserts or the picture of motherhood across different species (for some title ideas, look at www.goodreads.com’s “Best Nature Books” list). Of course, when all else fails, join the Rewild Your Life Challenge! Even if it takes you a couple of tries to get the hang of adding more outdoor time to your day, the community will share so many amazing photos and heartwarming stories, you will want to make every effort to bring the outdoors into your life – at the parks and at home!
Happy House-Rewilding, my friends! Please, feel free to share your own home Rewilding tips and stories in the comments below.