That’s just what it is, a journey. In the distance I can see my final destination, but it’s going to take me some time to get there. I have so many bad habits to break and better ones to instill in their place. Plastic is a part of all of our lives. It has a place and purpose, I just don’t see that place in my kitchen anymore. There are just so many better ways.
This week I went on a thifting binge (I fear I’m not done yet) and I bought every cheap glass jar and container that I could get my little hands on. Big ones, small ones, it doesn’t matter as long as I can seal them shut when I’m through. That was really my one prerequisite. Well, they had to be clean. (Dirty thrifted items give me the creeps.) Either way, I was on a mission. When I got home, bags and boxes in hand, I furiously cleaned out our pantry (two full grocery bags of waste just to illustrate why I’m doing this in the first place) and began filling the various jars with random flours and pastas. My work is far from over. I still need more jars. I can see the perfect kitchen in my mind and I am far from it. My goal is to eliminate as much waste as possible and to utilize what I have in the best way possible. It seems like such a daunting task.
Earlier in the week I cleaned out my closet. You see, this mentality isn’t just about kitchen waste, it’s also about the excess waste in my life and learning to minimize that. My style is pretty relaxed and I know that condensing my wardrobe as much as I have will help me feel more relaxed and put together. No one likes having a ton of clutter, it stresses you out. It’s also one more way to knock time off my morning routine, which I am all about. While cleaning, I collected at least three bags of clothing that I no longer wear. I have the best intentions and I always put them aside thinking I’ll ‘wear them soon’ for whatever reason. I never do. I know you know what I’m talking about it. We are all guilty of hoarding on small levels. The guilt of parting with an article of clothing I never got the most out of has caused me to accrue countless tops and pants over the years. Well, all of that is about to change. Correction, it IS changing. I can already feel the freeing mental effects of it. My closet doesn’t look so disheveled, either. There is one more place in the house that I need to conquer…the laundry room. Our clothes have a tendency to pile up on the folding table. The pieces in those piles are usually things I wear in high rotation. I am a jeans a t-shirt girl at heart. I’ll dress it up with heels and a blazer occasionally, a classic combination, but I rarely ever wear the cute dresses I own. It’s a shame because I have some cute ones. My goal within the next few days is to go through all of my clothing there, consolidate what I’ve already gone through and ultimately bring it all back to the style basics.
As I stated before, all of this can easily seem like a daunting task. Sometimes we get so stuck in our old habits that we have to rip ourselves free of them. This year has been all about getting back to my personal basics, but it hasn’t been without help. I have found so many quality blogs run by some pretty amazing people doing the same thing and the community I am slowly becoming a part of is full of an immense amount of support and encouragement (I’ll include a few of them below). The tips and expertise they provide make it easy for beginners like me to get a grasp on the concept of minimizing your waste and maximizing your life. From homemade tips and tricks to making your own lingerie, these blogs have it all! The greatest part of all for me is to be able to connect and share my ideas and though with so many like-minded people. It’s truly been a refreshing experience.
I look forward to continuing to grow and learning new and better ways to get the most out of my life without having to waste nearly as much as I do and have. Through just the simple act of purging both my closet and pantry, I can already see the need for the mental switch. I want to lead a simple and full life, with enriching experiences and quiet personal moments. I think, in this day and age, that is a common want or even need among a lot of us. Follow along as I walk the path of living a more fulfilling life by living with less. I hope to provide a little encouragement and maybe some help and comic relief as I learn to be more of a human being and less of an image. Join me in living a more centered life.
Compost and Cava
What’s not to love about a girl from Charleston, South Carolina on a mission to save the planet? The answer is: nothing! Meet Reese (and Gatsby), the beauty and brains behind the charming blog ‘Compost and Cava’. This girl is not only an advocate for leading a more accountable lifestyle, she’s also a great photographer and all-around amazing person. This little lady provides me with a ton of inspiration on a daily basis. From her informative posts to thought-provoking perspectives, Reese is probably the biggest inspiration to me for going plastic-free. She loves Champagne, I love Champagne…how could we not get along! Go check her out!
Salvage & Stitch
Meet Elana of ‘Salvage and Stitch’, a lifestyle blog promoting sustainable living and an eco-friendly lifestyle. This girl is beyond crafty and I already have quite a few projects of hers I plan on trying in the near future. The first on my list are those cute DIY cloth produce bags she recently posted (we waste so many plastic bags in our house). This babe serious skill with a needle and thread, a skill I lack profusely in. If you’re looking for ways to do more in your own life, look no further!
**I’m saving the others for a future blogger appreciation post. Stay tuned!**