To live a more sustainable life.
We spent New Year’s Day clearing out the house. We threw away or put it in a donation box as appropriate any unwanted, unnecessary clutter from the house. The house feels so much better and I feel much calm and peaceful. Later in the night as we sat in the bath, we talked about living more sustainably and not giving in to consumerism.
I remember when we first bought the house; we were so eager and full of energy about sustainable living. We upcycled many of our furniture still used and going solid to this day. We also upcycled small things to make the house more decorative and aesthetically pleasing such as, using old vintage milk bottles as our spice jars. Used small flower vases as makeup holders and stationery holders. My in laws had many TV stands lying out in their shed, which we brought home and cleaned and painted it and now use it as my crafts cupboard and the other stand works as a shelf for all my books with a little reading nook at the top where I placed a Nesting Chair which turns into a Futon.
However, as time went by we lost interest and the energy. It was so much easier to buy ready-made stuff. This year over Christmas and my birthday as I opened up all the presents, I realised what a load of unwanted, unnecessary stuff I received. I do not mean to sound ungrateful. I understand that it was what they thought I would like, or it was easier and convenient for them to get those stuff. It made me think about the gifts I could give and also the kind of gifts I would like to receive.
Therefore, this year we decide to limit our consumer habits and buy only things that we most definitely need. If we must buy something for the sake of aesthetic, we will aim for local or preowned or even opt for swapping. In the same way if any of you were to gift me or anyone and wants to give something that is clutter free, here is a list of stuff that I would definitely benefit from. Perhaps someone else in your life would too.
- Movie Passes
- Cooking Classes
- Baking Classes
- Theatre Tickets
- Cocktail masterclass
- House Cleaner for day / week / month
- Painting / Art Classes
- Fruit Baskets
- Red Wine
- Spirits – You can never go wrong. In my house we like to drink Gin, Spiced Rum and we also appreciate quality vodka. 😉
- Room Sprays (Not diffusers)
- Pure Peppermint Oil or Eucalyptus Oil
- Pure Frankenscence and Myrhh
- Lush Solid Shampoo and Conditioner – I use these
- Lush Soap – No particulars. A variety is good. It is aesthetically pleasing to look at and good on your body.
- Cone Incenses
Here are some example of stuff we already do or have done to help us.
Home grown Tomatoes
From the garden
Instead of buying decorations, we use already existing stuff for a themed party affect
Carve the pineapple, eat the pineapple, make it scary for halloween
Old milk bottles from my in laws back shed are now my spice jars, urm bottles and the corks are from all the champagne / proseccos we have had over the years .
If this isnt vintage…
Upcycle a bottle of drink into candles and lights
Look at all the lights. It’s like I’ve collected colourful fireflies, but no it’s little fairy lights. Drink the alcohol, upcycle the bottle. Read more here.
We made these glasses out of beer bottles. Drink the beer and turn the bottles into glasses. The last one, I painted it gold. The paint wears off over time with all the washing and handling but you can paint it any colour you like as time goes on. Read more here.
A little memento from our wedding time. You can read about it here.
No I didint buy and use brown paper to wrap these presents. After I used up the wrapping papers, I opened up and used the rolls that they come in. Use Everything!