Resolutions for 2016 and #LiveLAGOM

I have decided not to set myself the obvious resolution to lose weight (I’ve got about 9lbs to go!). Instead in 2016 I am going to focus on living sustainably.

Saving more, wasting less & living healthier

I will freely admit that I am terrible when it comes to saving gas & electricity, water and don’t get me started on wasting food.

I live in a draughty traditional property in Glasgow and yet I haven’t done as much as I could to help insulate the house. This is on my list to rectify next year & I’m confident I can get my heating bills down. Similarly, there are lots of things I could be doing to conserve electricity… such as making the switch to LED bulbs or turning off appliances instead of using their stand by mode.

One of my major flaws is food waste. I am lousy at keeping on top of the food stocks in my kitchen fridge and I end up chucking out so much each week. It’s shocking! Part of my problem is that my kitchen is tiny and I’ve not been inspired to cook much lately. I have very little storage space (even the inside of my cooker is used to store my baking trays and cake tins) which causes me loads of grief too… trying to recycle can prove problematic as I’ve nowhere really to segregate everything.

The little number of cupboards I do have are rammed, which then makes it difficult to see what is available for planning meals. Inevitably the food then goes out of date and I have to throw it in the bin.

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The little counter space I have is always crammed full of ‘stuff’
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I don’t have enough cupboards to store mugs & glasses and whenever I want to use my oven, I have to empty it of baking trays first!

 

 

By taking part in IKEA’s #LiveLAGOM project I will be tackling all these areas. The first area I want to improve is kitchen storage, as this will allow me to increase my recycling efforts and hopefully also encourage me to cook more, meal plan and ultimately waste less food.

Lagom comes from the Swedish phrase “Lagom är bäst” meaning the right amount is best.

Ikea believe that this is secret to sustainable living… not denying yourself what you love, whilst not taking from the planet more than you need.

I have received some sustainable products from the Ikea range and I will be keeping you informed of my journey as I tackle food waste, reduce my gas & electricity bills (I hope so anyway!) and improve storage & recycling in my home.

I’m worried that I won’t be able to break my bad habits, but I am committed to making the change and even if I start with baby steps I will at least be going in the right direction. I’ve heard it takes 6 weeks to form new habits… let’s see if that really is the case.

A more sustainable life at home should be easy.

I can’t wait to get started!!

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