Some of you may remember back in January I introduced you to the word Lagom. If you don’t remember please read this post to find out what it’s all about. I wanted 2017 to be about finding a balance in life. From my capsule wardrobe to my makeup bag to my kitchen and everything in between. This is what Lagom is all about.
Lagom = Not too much, not too little – just the right amount
Lagom is another Scandinavian term (what is it with those Scandinavians and their perfect words) this time from Sweden being just the right amount. Something is Lagom if it’s not too much and not too little. Did you all just think of Goldilocks then? Maybe it’s just me but as soon as I heard the term my mind went to Goldilocks and the three bears. It turns out the fairytale is the perfect analogy for Lagom. Goldilocks was able to find the perfect balance for her and Lagom is about having the perfect balance for you.
To help me find that Lagom balance I team up with IKEA who want us all to live more Lagom. IKEA believe that if we all find the perfect balance. By not taking more than we need or making unnecessary sacrifices we can create a happier and more sustainable lifestyle. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
IKEA gave me £300 to spend in store to make my home more sustainable. We stocked up on LED lightbulbs, blackout blinds and lots of reusable containers for the kitchen. And yes a supermarket sweep style trip to IKEA is as much fun as it sounds. We decided to focus on reducing food waste and reducing energy use.
This has been the most successful part of the project. I honestly can’t remember the last time I put out my food waste bin for collection. We just aren’t throwing away any food. I used to do a big shop and end up with loads of food left in my fridge at the end of the week. Most of this would have gone off or was past its best so ended up in the bin. I dread to think how much money we have wasted on food we don’t even eat. Since starting #LiveLAGOM I’ve paid a lot more attention to what I’m buying. I started meal planning which has made a massive difference. Because I’m thinking about what we will eat before going to the supermarket I’m now only buying what we need. There has also been a lot less last minute trips to the shop which has saved so much money. Planning ahead also reduced the number of takeaways we order because there was nothing in the house.
I’ve also been cooking bigger batches and freezing leftovers every week. This means that when my husband is away I have plenty of meal options. I’m not a fan of cooking for one so this way I still get a home cooked meal.
We are currently in the progress of renovating the downstairs of our house which includes a new kitchen. Previously I think I would have been worried about how I’ll cope without a working kitchen. But now I’ve meal planning for a while I feel confident I can handle it. Although I’m not looking forward to a week of microwave meals.
Reducing Energy Use
I’m going to start by saying I’m completely converted to LED lightbulbs. With the money from IKEA, we switch the light bulbs in the 3 main rooms of the house. The bulbs aren’t cheap but they are so worth it. I was a little worried they would be like those old school energy saving bulbs which took forever to warm up. But these come on straight away when you flick the switch like normal bulbs. And in rooms like the hall and kitchen, this is important. They are just as bright as regular bulbs and perhaps most importantly use far less energy. We haven’t noticed a huge difference in our electric bill but there is a drop. I think once the whole house is LED that’s when we’ll really start noticing it.
Another thing we did was put up blinds in the conservatory and curtains in the living room. This made both rooms cosy and warm during the winter. The rooms felt a lot warmer and I didn’t feel the need to boost the heating as much this winter. We didn’t notice too much difference in our gas bills as we live in a modern house so the extra insulation wasn’t really needed. But it did make a difference to the feel of the room which is just as important. The house felt warm and cosy over winter and was somewhere I wanted to spend time relaxing.