And so we come to the end of a new experience for me. Living with just enough, in a more sustainable way has been an eye opener for sure. I began this project back in December in all honesty terrified that I’d fall at the first hurdle and return to my wasteful ways. Pleased to report that didn’t happen and I’m on board fully with making full use of what I have, cutting waste and looking at things in a new way. The changes I’ve made have been fairly subtle in many ways but I feel are all the more sustainable for that. My biggest commitment was having the large windows draught proofed which, along with the LED lighting, has seen my monthly bills halved, saving over £200 a quarter!! But I have to say, it was the smaller changes that really got a hold of me, things like growing herbs and plants and recycling my hoard of beauty products which went to a local charity along with around four hundred books and clothes and bric-a-brac. There’s something very freeing about holding on to fewer objects. You let go then suddenly realise they were holding on to you and probably holding you in the past.
The cookery books now come out of the bookcase and are actually being used. The products on my bathroom shelf are the ones I need and love for everyday and not some far off ‘rainy day’.
I’ve rediscovered time for me by hanging new blinds and covering an old IKEA armchair, last used when I was doing the night feeds twelve years ago. It’s my reading nook and I just adore my space to think.
My living space is sectioned off into areas to work, play piano and relax and the lighting, rugs, new curtains and general de-clutter have made it a good place to be. So before…
Some changes were more difficult to make of course. Changing light bulbs in older fittings was a pain, breakages and cursing featured heavily. The rechargeable batteries, whilst a fabulous idea, initially were treated like old style by my son and put in the bin when out of power, very annoying and wasteful. Some of the storage jars had lids too flimsy for my liking and my attempts at growing Pak Choi were a disaster. Percy Thrower I aint. Even the windowsill herbs wilted and left the building after a few weeks. But the massive changes are that I save power and therefore cash, think before I buy, recycle more, walk more, drive less and feel happier for it! As a rule, I like to hang on to things and letting go has been a revelation. Some things I couldn’t bring myself to part with. My old prints were re-framed and re-arranged and please me each time I look at them.
My biggest take home from #LiveLagom? That I can make these changes with just a little effort and it pays back ten fold. Just enough is more than enough for all of us it seems.