A simple washroom

Simple laundry organisationBeyond going without a dryer and using natural washing powders, there’s a few washing rituals that will help to make your laundry a more sustainable place:

+ Have a washing day. Rather than doing little loads all week, it’s a better use of time and resources to wash larger loads all at once. I tend to have a washing day at the start of the week while Ol’s at school, so I don’t spend the time I have with him worrying about the washing, but rather focus on much more important things, like building train tracks…

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A simple bathroom

Back to basics beautyJust in the same way simplifying the way we eat allows the body to work as nature intended, I find keeping things simple in the bathroom helps to give your skin a bit of breathing space to decompress and get back to its natural rhythms.

There are some basic ways to simplify your beauty routine but sometimes it can be as simple as choosing a lovely old-school bar of soap, using a face washer rather than wipes, and buying your shampoo and conditioner in refillable bottles at the bulk store.

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A sustainable kitchen

Simple home, sustainable homeRewind just 50 years when kitchens consisted of dry goods in jars, bulk meats stored in large freezer chests and imperfect looking fruit & veg – often grown organically, and we begin to realise that Zero Waste is not so much a futuristic idea but more of a homage to a more simple era.

If we take this lens to our kitchens today it’s easy to see the steps to take just by asking ourselves, what would our nan’s kitchen have looked like?

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A simple guide to reusable nappies

A few years ago, back when I was single, I rented a house in Richmond with a girlfriend and convinced her that if we put a door on the formal lounge room we could get a 3rd housemate in to reduce our rent.

As fate would have it a gorgeous vivacious girl named Meredith came to rent that room.

Back then I wasn’t that eco-aware, beyond doing my bit to recycle and turn the lights off, but Mez always had the big Sukin bottles in the shower, and was always a little bit earthy.

Fast forward a decade and it was Mez who I turned to when trying to navigate the possibility of cloth nappies. Here’s the advice that she gave me after years of trial and error:

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Slow living

Downsizing to a smaller place for a bigger life

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

– Graeme Hill, LifeEdited

Six months ago we started living closer to our values and moved from a big house in the suburbs to a narrow 75 square metre workers cottage that shared a wall with our neighbours on both sides, just a few streets back from the beach.

Our families thought we were mad to downsize just as we were expecting the pitter patter of more little feet, but the way we saw it we were gaining so much with a more walkable bayside suburb, a tighter community and a smaller cost of living and environmental footprint.

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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 Grocery shoppingSince 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 Garden

First and foremost we’re growing good soil.

– Fabian Capomolla, The Hungry Gardener

After 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 beauty routine

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One of the keys to living a simple life is having less in every part of your home including the bathroom cabinet which works to simplify your beauty routine in terms of time, products and ingredients.

Where possible I try and substitute highly processed beauty products for whole beauty products (kind of like whole foods for the skin), in order to reduce the amount of chemicals I’m putting on my skin each day. It’s usually pretty simple ingredients you can find at the supermarket or health food store. Here are a few of my favourites:

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A simple cleaning routine

DIY cleaning productsWhen 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. Over the years I have developed a few of my favourites based on the below pantry essentials:

  • Bi-carb soda
  • White vinegar
  • Vodka
  • Vanilla essence
  • Essential oils

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