I’m so happy with our de-cluttered and purged attic! In a previous post I wrote that I wanted to make room to create a place for me to get creative, but now that our laundry drying rack has room to do it’s job again, I’ve changed my mind. There’s actually another room in our house that was supposed to be my creative sanctuary, bt somehow it has changed into a guest bedroom and gift wrapping station.
So time for another de-cluttering project! Of course I’ll share the process of minmalizing and purging in my posts.
Follow me, follow you
I’ve past the 100 followers mark on Twitter. It’s awesome to be connected to like-minded people. As a gift to myself I decided to order an ethically and sustainably produced garment. As I am taking baby steps on the road toward a more sustainable lifestyle, I choose to start with the bare basics: underwear.
I looked online for a brand that suited my needs and found a great company based in the Netherlands. I’ve ordered a pair of eco-cotton hipsters for myself and a pair of eco-cotton boxers for my husband. I can’t wait to try them out.
Although the purchase was quite expensive (€40,- for 2 pairs of underwear :-O ) I feel I’ve done the right thing.
We’re two weeks into 2016 and my sustainable habits are going great.
I’ve been relocated to a workplace closer to home (for the same company) and now I’ve only have a 20 minute commute by bus. It’s such a luxury to have more time in the morning and to take things a little bit slower. When the weather gets better and it’s light again outside in the morning, I might even cycle to work.
Nuts about soap
I’ve been washing at 30°C with soapnuts for a while now. These incredible nuts have the same features as laundry detergent but are made by nature. You throw 8 half soapnuts or 4 whole soapnuts in a cotton bag and lay them on top of the laundry. At first I was sceptical that they would get my laundry clean enough, but they work great. The laundry comes out clean with a neutral scent and you can use the same bag of soapnuts up to three times! After that you can compost them.
Buy nothing new?
I haven’t bought anything new, except groceries, and I’m very fond of that. It helps that I don’t have to take the train to work as often as before. I’ve noticed that I used shopping as a pastime to wait for my train. Or that I treated myself to snacks and coffee a bit too much on these train going days. By avoiding these temptations I keep my money in my wallet and produce less waste.
How are you keeping up with your sustainable resolutions?
Mandy is a featured contributor at Trusted Clothes, read more about her journey below:
Sustainability: The 21st century’s most pressing issue
About the Author
Mandy is a 31 year old librarian, mom of a toddler, wife of a graphic designer and owner of cat named Sprite. Read more about her as she takes baby steps on the path towards a more sustainable, minimalistic and mindful lifestyle. Follow more of Mandy and Logan's adventures on momMandy