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Earth Day

As I grow older I’ve become much more interested in the environment and how we each play a part in taking care of our homes, neighborhoods and cities/towns and how that all translates into a bigger picture of taking care of the environment globally.

Growing up I didn’t think much of Earth day beyond reminding family and friends to recycle and when given a tree on Earth Day and Arbor Day planting one. Now, as informative documentaries, as well more information is released on a regular basis about the state of the environment, I feel like it’s an obligation more than a suggestion for each of us to do our part in preserving our environment.

Many small things that we all know are still important like recycling, using energy efficient appliances and light bulbs, and not leaving the water running while brushing your teeth/washing the dishes.

Right before 2017 I read the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. It really was an amazing book and one I would suggest reading; and if possible implementing. In her book Kondo addresses the excess of things we all live with and streamlining your belongings. Once you’ve streamlined your belongings, Kondo encourages you to purchase from a place of joy and need, rather than habit.

Key Takeaways of the KonMari Method:

  1. Don’t hold on to things “just because” if you are doing this, there’s a good chance you won’t use, wear or read it, it will just continue to take up space in your home.

2. When you pick up, touch, sit on, or use each item in your home does it make you        smile, serve a need or bring you joy thinking of it? Everything in your home should make you happy or serve a need.

I’ve found that purchasing with a purpose is so much more satisfying than just buying as an impulse.

In being more purposeful with my clothing and household consumption this year I’ve decided my next goal is to begin a garden. Because I currently don’t have a garden space- I’m going to begin with veggies and herbs you can grow in the home, and once I find a plot I’m going to transfer them over. I can’t wait to get started and blog about it.

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Of course I’ve begun with simple houseplants to make sure I can keep up with the watering and care it will take to begin growing veggies and herbs. I’m so excited with how far our houseplants have come!

 

I hope that this Earth Day allows you time to reflect on the small changes you can implement to make your home, neighborhood, even city/town a better place to live.

 

 

 

 

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