Our Favourite Book!

If you haven’t heard of this book, then where have you been?

The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is one of our all time favourite sustainable living books. It is the one that will instantly make an impact if you put what it says into practice which is why we love it. If you are just beginning to explore eco and sustainable living, then this book is a really great place to start. It has inspired many a clear-out in our own home, and has helped us make wise choices when it comes to purchasing more items for the home!

Get your copy here  and let us know what you think!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever

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De-cluttering is Good for the Soul

Do you ever feel totally overwhelmed?

In our 21st century world, we are all busy. Busy with school, work, church, football, friends, family… the list goes on! I know I have, on many occasions, got home after a long busy day, and just crashed. However, it can even be hard to relax at home!

I think, perhaps more than ever, there is a need for us to de-clutter, not just our things, but all areas of our lives. It is not good for us to be living on the edge of breakdown! We need to slow things down. If you feel totally overwhelmed by the business of life, I am going to suggest that you are busier than God ever intended you to be. I am going to offer a few ideas of areas of your life that you could begin to de-clutter.

  1. Clothes! One of the first things we do in the morning is get dressed. We open a wardrobe heaving with clothes, most of which are either too big, too old, or ‘might come in useful one day.’ We make the simple task of getting dressed yet another stress to add to our lives. A few months ago, I had a ruthless sort through my clothing, and honestly, life has been so much less stressful since! My wardrobe now has a few nice clothes that I love to wear rather than a pile of things I didn’t like. Plus, a charity shop got a huuuuge donation! Put aside an afternoon to sort through your wardrobe. We used the Kon-Mari method to sort ours, where you ask each item, ‘does this bring me joy?’ If not, it has to go!
  2. Social Media. We are constantly bombarded with social media on a daily basis. in fact it is very hard to escape it! I personally have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I love keeping in touch with friends and sharing funny posts. I love our Simple Life Community Facebook Page! However, the constant interruptions from social media in our daily lives can become a huge source of stress. If this is how you feel, then de-clutter! Remove the Facebook app from your phone. Spend an hour (or more if you need to) going through your Facebook ‘friends’ and streamline. I would be very surprised if you really were friends with over 500 people! Unlike some pages that are really just advertising to you. I recently did this and couldn’t believe the number of pages I had ‘liked’ over the years! I was basically willingly signing up to advertising. It felt so freeing to remove these influences from my life.
  3. Calendars. Do you feel busy ALL of the time? Do you always have a meeting, a commitment, a club, or a team to go to? Are these things at the expense of what is most important to us? We all have to do a number of tasks each day, but the trick is for you to be in control of your calendar without your calendar being in control of your life! If you never feel like you have the time to rest, schedule rest into your day. This will probably mean that another activity has to go, but honestly, your health and wellbeing is more important. Make a list of your priorities, and then make commitments based on those priorities. For example, serving at church is a priority for Simon and I. It is something that we would always make time for every week, often at the expense of me taking on another few hours of work. Also, having a full day off each week is so important to your wellbeing. However, it can be a BIG sacrifice. I recently had to say no to an offer of work, because it was on my only day off in the week. Boy, that was tough! But for my wellbeing, well you can’t really put a price on that.

I have SO much more to say on the topic of de-cluttering, but I hope that I have given you a few ideas to go and try out yourself. Life is better when it’s Simple!

Joanna x

5 one-time switches to save the planet

You may be passionate about saving the planet and lowering your environmental impact. It’s highly likely seeing as you are reading this! However, it can be so easy to have good intentions, but never do anything about it. I have come up with 5 one-time switches that you can make today, that will lower your environmental impact today!

Reusable cloth bags. These are super cheap to buy, and better for the planet! If you want to save waste every time you shop, purchase some cloth shopping bags. They are superior to plastic, as they won’t break so easily, and will last much longer. When they do eventually break, they are simple to fix, and are fully biodegradable.

Handkerchiefs. It is estimated that we get through 28000 tissues in a lifetime. I’m sure I get through more than that with hay fever, colds, and allergies! All of these get thrown in the rubbish bin. Switching to handkerchiefs is an easy way to eliminate all of this waste. I know for us, this has hands down been the most effective switch we have made. Our rubbish bins are noticeably more empty! We bought 10 handkerchiefs for around £5.50 on eBay.

Kitchen cloths. Paper kitchen roll is so easy to get through, what with cooking three meals a day, and conquering various spillages and cleaning tasks. Switching to kitchen cloths saves on all of that waste. You can even get some with rather fun prints on, so your kitchen will look awesome.

Say no to straws. When you go out for drinks with friends, or even hosting a children’s birthday party, leave the straws behind. They create unnecessary waste, and they won’t be missed! If you have to have straws, consider buying reusable ones like these metal straws.

Bring your own water bottle. Plastic water bottles are a nightmare! Not only are they not good for you, as they can leach harmful BPA into your water, they are very wasteful, and expensive too! Buy your own glass or metal water bottle and enjoy fresh water wherever you go. I am never far away from my glass water bottle. It was pricey, but I love it! You can definitely get cheaper options though. Do some research into it and comment down below with your findings! And incase you are interested, here is where you can get my water bottle.

So there you go! 5 easy one-time switches you can make right now that will lower your impact on the environment, and help you to live a sustainable life every day! I would love to hear from you. have you tried any of these tips? Got any of your own? Comment on this post!