Have you noticed that I have skept my big new year blogger resolution? The reason behind it is because I have something better! I was contacted back in October by IKEA who teamed up with Hubbub and University of Surrey and created unique sustainable lifestyle initiative called #LiveLagom. When I saw the email, I instantly knew I had to apply for this opportunity!
You probably now thinking now, what on earth is LiveLagom? I had exactly the same question in my head!
So, the easiest way to explain this concept; Lagom word it’s a Swedish ‘“Lagom är bäst” which means; the right amount is best. The whole idea is to bring the sustainable living to our homes.
I would like to proudly announce that I have become an ambassador for this project. IKEA gifted me £500 to spend only on sustainable products. Today, I just wanted to introduce you to the project and talk a little about my goals for LiveLagom. I will be doing several posts for you. I will be updating you on all changes. Today, it's my introductory post. As interior blogger, I do loads of changes in my apartment, mostly are the aesthetically ones, this time I want to get deeper into that and show that if I can live sustainable, you can do it as well! It's time to do a home detox and start living the way that my body and planet earth will be thankful and happy :)
Firstly, I would like to share with you that ugly truth about my current living bad habits. I work shed loads of hours in both, my work and blog. I spend loads of money on things I don’t need, I waste too much food and electricity!
So, let’s start the embarrassing confession!
|It's cosy isn't ? it's good but not for 8h a day!|
Bad habit no. 1 I usually blog from my bedroom bed, while I have desk in my living room. I have TV on in living room. I pretty much use both rooms at same time! There are multiple reasons for that.
a. I have bad lighting in my living room, despite having 2 lights fittings and desk lamp. Both of the lamps has energy saving bulbs with very low voltage and yellow light which I simply hate. Lighting in my bedroom is better as I cheekily changed the bulb to normal one.
b. It’s comfier and warmer in bed, of course! I have very cool retro seating chair but usually I was getting cold after a while.
c. I have only one light plug for my desk lamp and to charge my phone I need extra extension cable that is ugly and sticks out like some giant ugly extension cable ;p (wow, thats a comparison ;) i just hate cables hanging around! especially with working space, it district me. i need to have clean and neat desk space!
d. I like to listen music while blogging, and I usually just listen 4music in TV. I also make 10 000 tea’s while blogging, so I usually leave the light not having to have to switch on-off all the time. Ah the bread crumbs in my bed,eek!
solution: I opted for a new LED lighting that cover the living room area that gives nice warm white light! No more headache! I got myself stylish throw, so I can just wrap myself while seating! I have also chosen great desk lamp with charger so no more cables! I can use only my living room ad switch bed for sofa!
|I have already swapped pizza's and fish fingers for healthy choices ( even cat's got the healthier choices)|
Bad habit no.2 I waste an enormous amount of food. I spend average £120 a week for food shopping.
a. Each week I buy loads of veg, fruits and dairy that end in a bin. The main reason for that is because I simply don't have time to cook. I rather just grab a lunch in town than spend hours in kitchen, cooking loads of separately vegetables, pasta’s etc.
b. My food goes off. I throw my grocery to the fridge and they got lost somewhere there going off as I keep forgetting about it.
c. I don’t cook lunches, neither eat leftovers. If I finally get to cook something, I usually leave it on the hob, it goes of next day and I throw it away. My fridge and freezer is usually packed with unhealthy chips, ice cream and fish fingers!
d. I don’t do home made lunches. The idea of caring 3 type of boxes and hot soup jar just make me to say a loud No! I hate pre-mixed salads (unless potato etc) and I like to have variety of food.
e. I also produce loads of rubbish, especially plastic containers. I like to carry with me small bottle of water so we tend to buy small bottle cases, which are more expensive than actually large bottles.
solution: I have chosen new pans, special separators for cooking veg & pasta in the same time but also a steam cooking inserts. It will reduce the time of cooking! I opted for food containers to keep all my food fresh for longer but also to keep everything organised in the fridge. I also got great glass containers that I can keep leftovers in fridge/freezer and then throw to oven straight away. My junk food form freezer s going now to bin! I also got new lunch boxes with separate inserts for different type of food and soup/hot drink bootle along with water bootle so I don’t need to buy the small bottles anymore. My another goal is to try to use food and cook from leftovers. Reduce the old I am throwing away as much as I can. I will try to make lists and menus for a week as well.
Bad habit no.3 Not using living room as a living space.
a. I never liked my living room, this was down not only to my ugly landlord furniture but also the layout, lack of natural light and as I have 2 cats I just can’t have any plants. We always ha plants back home and for me now living room without them is just not living room.
b. Temperature here is crazy!Its normally warm but when it get cold I need to put heating on which gets like sauna within seconds, so I usually open the window after few minutes. So, literally absolutely pointless move.
solution: I have re-arranged my living room space. I have separated my IKEA expedit, desk with bookshelf, and use the bookshelf as TV stand. I have bought separate legs for my desk as I save the worktop of previous. The effect even surprised me! I also got the large green house planter! It’s a genius idea! My cats cant get t, its neat and brilliant design. I have also opted for self water planter which are ideal for such a forgetful person I am! To more using my living room like watch TV etc. I also got for spare duvet. I like the idea of bringing duvet to living room but usually end being stolen by my boyfriend who wants to go to sleep, so great spare one was just a must!
So, these are all my bad habits and things I need to change. I am not proud of this list! It’s pretty embarrassing actually! So my main goals for LiveLagom are:
- Energy waste reduce
- Food waste reduce
I have now received all my items and I keep you updated on my whole journey with LiveLagom.
I have chosen several LED bulbs like these very cool Nittio oversized Globe bulbs that looks like typical Edison bulb (these are plastic and proper eco! how cool is that?) then I go for the cool slight industrial Hectar lamps. oNCE i was picking lighting I also got this awesome Riggad table lamp with charger! The desk looks perfect now! no more 1000 cables around!
I got pretty cool planters like this self-watering Sotcitron, house planter and nice watering can. I love the house planter as finally my cats won't kill the plants! I also got loads and loads food storage boxes, from those you can freeze to the ones that goes straght from freezer to oven. Such a life savers! I also got myself several new pans, lime the set Sensuell and extra pans as well including steam inserts that you can cook multiple vegetables at same time. I also got this super cosy Rodtoppa 19tog duvet and Eivor pretty blanket. I am happy to also pick different types of lunch boxes with water bottle and like a soup bottle as well. I am over so happy with my choices!
I will write all posts in several parts. This is only the introduction. In my next one I will show you the changes in my apartment, some recipes and following that how LiveLagom change my life! :) After, leaving nearly like a tramp sometimes, I do need to detox my life, my apartment! #Letsdothis