Making do with what you have on hand

Making do

“What’s on hand may be even better: Rather than buying something new, look for things you already have in the house. Using things for unintended purposes, like a carafe as a vase or a white porcelain dish to hold small objects – can give your room an unusual and interesting touch” Muji Global Tip 07 for Living a New Way

This tip from Muji pretty much sums it up perfectly. Every time I have a problem where the obvious solution is to rush out and thoughtlessly buy a quick fix I always take a few days to think over what the solution might be and to go through what I have on hand to see if I can come up with a solution. Continue reading “Making do with what you have on hand”

Simple ways to reduce your footprint

Zero waste reusables horizontalSince having children I have become a lot more aware of the environment and making sure that we leave this earth in good condition for generations to come.

At first, working towards Zero Waste might seem overwhelming, however every little effort collectively makes an enormous difference. Even if you do just one thing, start shopping with a reusable bag or using a Keep Cup rather than a disposable coffee cup – every little plastic bag and coffee cup saved really does add up when change happens across millions of people.

Here’s a few relatively effortless ways to reduce your environmental footprint:

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A simple garden

A Simple GardenAfter years of getting overexcited by lovely books such as The Italian Way I have learnt that in order to make peace with the possums in our neighbourhood, I’m best to keep it simple and grow only herbs and lettuces. Herbs are so easy to grow (and exey to buy), and lettuces are a goodie to grow at home as they are often on the Organics Dirty Dozen list, anything else I figure local farmers are probably much better poised to grow for our family. Here’s a list of the herbs that I grow:

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A simple cleaning routine

Simple Cleaning copy_smlWhen you break it down you only need about five basic cleaning solutions to keep a natural clean home, I tend to refill nice spray bottles that I’ve bought in the past and I keep the labels on to make it clear which is which. Here are a few of my favourites based on the below pantry essentials to have on hand:

  • Bi-carb soda
  • Vinegar
  • Vodka
  • Vanilla essence
  • Essential oils

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