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What is Lagom? Lagom is the concept of embracing a more balanced and frugal way of life. Having not too much clutter, not being too minimalistic, but being just right. In last weeks post we spoke about applying this in the kitchen. This post takes us to another part of the house. Have you ever come back from a shopping trip with a new dress just to find that you had something similar in your closet all along? I know that I have! Lagom Your Life. Part 2 – the Bedroom.
Lagom Your Life. Part 2 – The Bedroom
Lagom as a lifestyle encourages us to reduce our clutter, repair/reuse what we can, and recycle our waste responsibly. It is amazing how much clutter can build up in the average home, and this can lead to a sense of being overwhelmed by all that we own.
Decluttering the whole bedroom can seem like a very long and daunting task, but it is a very worthwhile venture if it reduces stress at the same time.
You may need to set aside a while for this room, as the main area to declutter is probably your wardrobe. In my article on Clearing Clutter I say how I tackle this job. Get some music on, make your bed tidy and clear out your wardrobe!
First of all, try everything on, and do be honest and brutal.
The clothes that you do not like or do not fit make one pile.
- Can these be reused around the house to make dust cloths, dish cloths or make up remover pads?
- Could they be cut into pieces to make quilts or rag rugs?
- Are you able to refashion them into clothes for yourself?
- Do you sew and could you use the material to refashion clothes for children?
These are all great ways to get new uses out of the things that you cannot use as clothes any more. They could be given to charity shops and will be recycled or sold on to be worn by someone else.
Furthermore, if they are in great condition and you think it is worth it you could make some cash by selling these clothes, on eBay or a car boot etc.
Choose to mend things if they have lost buttons etc.
Hopefully you have ended up with quite a lot less clutter in your wardrobe once you have put the clothes that do fit and you will wear back. Now you will be able to see clearly what you do have. Finally, you may even realise that you never need to buy another pair of black trousers or a black dress again!
And this is another great way to practice a Lagom lifestyle.
Buy less Stuff.
Stop buying clothes just for the sake of it, or as impulse buys. Similarly, consider not purchasing during the sales, because we tend to impulse buy. It’s instant gratification, but how much of it do you actually wear?
The mantra here is
Have a capsule wardrobe with classic styles that can easily mix and match. Only buy if you really need. Accept hand me downs and do not be ashamed of being offered clothes. Buy second hand rather than new, As a result you are guaranteed a wardrobe of clothes that you will have for years!
If you have a special occasion coming up such as a ball prom or wedding, can you borrow/hire your dress or suit instead of buying a new one? Or consider buying a second hand one at a fraction of the price?
The rest of the room
As with the kitchen, ensure the rest of the room is as energy efficient as possible, with energy efficient lightbulbs and by keeping things turned off at the wall when not being used rather than being in standby mode.
Do you have bedrooms that you don’t use? Consider turning the radiators in that room down or off to save energy.
A decluttered bedroom will help to give you a better nights sleep. Which is a great way to reduce stress.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post. Do share this article or get in touch! I would love to hear your comments on any other ways you think we can lagom your life in the bedroom. Another way to contact me is on social media.
Why not read my article on Procrastination? Finally start all those jobs that you’ve been putting off.