Tag Archive for consumerism

8 Essentials for Sustainable Camping

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Lotion | A bowl of Shea butter | SustainableSuburbia.net

Most people, when they’re going camping, prefer to have as little impact on the environment as they can. And yet it’s also a time when many of us allow ourselves to use disposable products we might avoid otherwise. We are out of our comfort zone and it can all feel a little hard. Here are…

Mindfulness and Simple Living, the Only Way I Know How: One Small Step at a Time

Oh the jealousy, the greed is the unravelling, it’s the unravelling And it undoes all the joy that could be. Joni Mitchell, Blue

It’s hard to reduce consumption when you are always seeing what other people have and wishing for it. It’s hard to be happy with your average size, west facing, three bedroom home when you are busy envying your mother’s lovely sunny north facing living areas, or your friend’s big north facing, fruit tree filled back yard with all its great nooks for kids, or another friend’s four bedroom home with large separate living areas and perhaps a study.

You Are Not What You Own (and Neither am I)

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life. Francine Jay

‘The compulsion to identify with consumer products reaches deep into our lives – from our choice of homes to what we put in them.’ (The Joy of Less, Francine Jay, 2010) I’ve been reading (the kindle edition of) The Joy of Less: a Minimalist Living Guide, by Francine Jay, and also her short ebook Miss…

Clutter is Anything You Neither Need Nor Love

Small bone china tea cup with gold rim and yellow flower pattern on cup and saucer

In the second in our series on decluttering your home, Kirsten McCulloch visits her grandfather’s house and is challenged to examine the motivations behind her cluttering ways. In the break between Christmas and New Year I  visited my Grandfather’s somewhat empty house on the New South Wales central coast. Empty, in the sense that no-one…

How to Declutter Your Home: A Rational Minimalist Approach

more stuff is not equal to more happiness, so does less stuff equal more happiness?

‘Decluttering’ has become such a popular trend in recent years that the phrase ‘how to organize’ is searched 1,500,000 times in Google each month, ‘what is clutter’ 246,000 times, and even something as specific as ‘how to declutter your home’ receives 8100 monthly searches. So why is decluttering  – or at least talking about decluttering…