Could You Live in a Tech-Free Home?

January 8, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

Sunsetunplugged-home-kitchen-0113-lNo microwave. No electric coffeemaker. No digital clocks. No TV. No internet. Could you do it? One San Francisco family, featured in the January issue of Sunset, has unplugged their home. Laura Jo Wegman and Donovan Corliss use a stovetop coffeemaker and rotary phone, and have transformed their home office into a home studio, complete with arts and crafts supplies for their two children, ages 4 and 6.

What’s fascinating is the juxtaposition between this low-tech lifestyle and beautiful, modern home decor. That is no simple feat.

unplugged-home-studio-office-0113-lFor me, I’d like to find the middle ground, from trying a daylong digital detox or establishing tech-free times of the days.

I could: give up my coffeemaker and use a french press; limit television time; turn my phone off at night.

I couldn’t: give up the Internet and my phone entirely; is a digital camera off limits, too?

What about you?

Photos: Thomas J. Story/Sunset


  1. Jaime Shine

    Wow, I’m not sure I could go entirely tech-free although it is tempting when I’m out hiking in the beauty of nature. I’m with you, Kathleen; a middle ground seems like a better standard to aim for. I’ve been working on not being plugged in 24/7 since leaving corporate America and starting my own business last year. It can be difficult, but it’s definitely worth it! I’m interested in hearing what others have to say.

    January 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm
  2. Mrs. C

    It wouldn’t be possible for us to truly unplug. My husband is a technology architect and I blog as well as run a business online. We do try to make wise choices about our consumption and we emphasize creative and imagination play with our daughter. This is good enough for us, although I understand the desire to be totally free from all the noise.

    January 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm
  3. National Day of Unplugging – Simply Stated Blogs | Real Simple

    […] in January, Kathleen posted about a family who lives completely tech-free. Now, given the fact that my job is almost exclusively based on the internet (and I like Twitter […]

    March 1, 2013 at 10:00 am

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