2017 is here and that means it’s time for resolutions! Call them resolutions, intentions, goals, mantras, whatever – I find setting them to be helpful.
I’ve written before about what sustainable/green/eco-friendly living means to me. Just in case you haven't read it, I break it down into three overarching themes:
- Reducing waste
These ideals still resonate with me, so as I was setting my goals for this year, I decided to get more specific. I want to set my resolutions up so that when I look back at 2017, I can clearly see where I succeeded and were I struggled.
I wrote about the downsize, declutter and replace phases a while ago and so far the process has gone really well! Brandon and I downsized to a studio apartment four months ago which forced us to declutter a lot. But as with every new place, it takes a few months to get the feel of how you’re using your space and where you could use some storage or organizational solutions…or, like in our case, where you still have too many things.
The weird thing about living in a small space is you get used to it very quickly. And if you’re like me, sooner or later you’ll start to notice that despite the purging and donating sprees leading up to your move, you still can’t seem to find a place for the things you did keep. Things that you swore you needed but haven’t actually used since you unpacked them.
My minimalist resolution this year is to finish the purge, especially of my wardrobe.
To find out what is truly valuable to us. To keep only what we find useful and beautiful and sentimental.
I really love being outside but haven’t found a way to permanently add it to my routine. Luckily, living in Sacramento gives me the luxury of being close to lots of places to hike.
So for 2017, my nature resolution is to go on one hike a month.
It’s a simple goal...and that’s what I like about it! Plus getting out of town for a few hours once a month will sooth my travel bug.
This category has always included recycling and reusing for me. So aside from the simple swaps I’m always working into my life (which I plan on continuing)
I want to learn how to thrift.
That might sound weird, so hear me out: I was never the kid who thrifted all of their clothes in middle school or high school. There were a few shining moments in college where I thrifted some awesome pieces with friends (I miss you so much, Buffalo Exchange), but the habit didn’t stick once I graduated.
Thrifting first has never been my default. I’ve always relied on Target or IKEA or H&M for stuff because it seems more convenient.
Let me say that I don’t think Target or IKEA or H&M are bad places to shop. I’d be a total hypocrite if I said that seeing as I just bought a couch from IKEA last week and usually buy my makeup at Target.
What I mean is, I want to take the principles of recycling and reusing to the next level. Recycling and reusing apply to so much more than our pasta sauce jars, aluminum cans and cardboard boxes. I want to infuse these ideas into my shopping habits. So next time I go looking for a winter coat, I want to exhaust all secondhand options before I choose to buy a brand new one from a big retailer.
Finish downsizing my stuff, go on a hike once a month, and learn how to thrift.
These are my green living resolutions for 2017.