But where do I even begin? How to get started making change in your life and home.
Many people love the idea of having a simplified living space and making more earth-conscious and sustainable decisions about the way in which they live their life. But making change can be HARD. Especially if you have lived your life a certain way for 20 or 30+ years already; we are creatures of habit, and habit can be difficult to break. But fear not, it is certainly achievable and certainly worthwhile.
In deciding to make change you’ve already overcome the first hurdle; oftentimes, making that initial decision is the most difficult thing you will have to do on your journey to a more sustainable way of life, and you have done it already. Yay! Go you!
Having said that, things don’t just follow this decision making process like an ant follows a sticky trail of honey. There are still lots of things you will need to think about and decide upon on your newfound path to sustainable living.
Firstly, identify WHY you want to create a change in your life. Is it to live with less, to have a minimalist lifestyle? Is it so you have more time for the things that are really important to you? Do you care about the impact you are having on the health of our planet and want to reduce your carbon footprint for the sake of the beautiful blue ball we call planet Earth? Narrowing down WHY you want to change will help you zone in on what it is that is actually important to you.
Next, think about the areas in which you WANT to make that change. Is it throughout your entire home? The way you approach buying items? How you manage waste coming from your household? Identifying your priority areas is going to help you get started on making change that will last.
Now for research. As German-American Psychologist Kurt Lewin said, “No research without action, no action without research.” Yes, action is the end goal for us, but your action to change is much more likely to be achieved (and sustainable!) if you research it first. LEARN how to achieve your end goal. Take advice from others who have done it before, learn from their mistakes and their successes, and form your own plan of action. For example, if you are trying to cut down on food wastage in your home you could research recommended meal portions, meal planning and how to write an efficient grocery list to keep your purchasing to what you actually need, and how to set up a compost bin or bokashi bucket for any scraps you do end up with.
Finally, IMPLEMENT. You’ve decided why you want to change, what you want to change and how you’re going to be best set up to achieve that change. All that is left now is to give it a go! Put your action plan into practice, and don’t be afraid to modify things as you go. It’s all a learning process. Remember, #notperfectjustbetter.