There’s a common misconception that going green means you have to spend more. More time, more energy, more money. Sometimes, this is true. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, green living offers the opportunity to spend less energy, time, and money on things that don’t bring you pleasure, and focus more on what you love. Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and here’s how you can make it a reality.
Buy better, not more.
This one has obvious benefits of being easier on your wallet. But this is also true of spending less time. Less time tidying, cleaning, decluttering. Less time standing in front of your closet wondering what you’re going to wear. While shopping and acquiring “stuff” may seem therapeutic to some, studies have shown that while we own more than ever before, we are not happier. So any short-term pleasure you feel from an impulsive purchase is likely not going to last. When you prioritize buying better, you’re more likely to put more thought into a purchase and therefore will love more of what you buy and have less buyer’s remorse (and credit card debt).
Detox your home.
Switching to non-toxic cleaners, cosmetics, personal care products and household items has short-term benefits for some people, like reduced allergies/sensitivities. The longer-term benefit of potentially reducing your chance of developing cancer, reproductive issues, and neurological conditions that are being linked to some chemicals is also something to consider. By taking stock of the products you use in your home and on your body, you will probably identify things you don’t actually need but instead use out of habit (like dryer sheets, air fresheners, and some personal care products). You can therefore reduce clutter in your closets and spend less on products without sacrificing your lifestyle.
Energy, water, food, stuff. All of these cost money and use limited resources to create. And yet we’re wasting much of what we work so hard to acquire. Reducing food waste, for example, could save $400 per person per year – that’s $1600 for a family of 4! Try shifting the way you think about what you bring into your home and what happens to it when it leaves. Focus on one issue at a time to avoid burnout, and you’ll see how easy it can be.
These key focus areas of green living form the basis of the tips I share on Facebook, and in the action plans I create to help clients easily transition to a happier, healthier way of life. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, and not all strategies will work for all families. But it doesn’t have to be difficult, either. Sometimes, having someone ask the right questions and identify practical solutions can make a huge improvement to your way of life. Are you ready to be happier, greener, and healthier? I’d love to chat with you!