Sustainable You

To Recycle Or Not To Recycle

We all know we should RECYCLE; it is the smartest thing we can all do as individuals to increase the health of our planet. When we RECYCLE our household waste properly we are helping to save our planet’s precious resources. The fundamental benefits of our recycling choices can impact on pollution, landfill, wildlife and our energy consumption. When raw materials are made the way in which they are collected and processed it contributes to both air and water pollution. When we RECYCLE these materials, such as paper, plastics and metals, we are assisting to decrease the process of the production of new raw materials. This reduction reduces the amount of pollution that is produced to make these materials, thus reducing the overall amount of pollution that impacts upon the environment.

 

By recycling and reusing items that would otherwise end up in landfill, we are able to reduce the amount of items that end up in these spaces. Raw materials that are extracted from the environment destroy and threaten the habitats of many species. By recycling these we can help to assist our native wildlife in keeping their homes. We can also lower the energy used to extract, refine and transport many of the raw materials used for producing our everyday items, products and equipment. Recycling your plastic can help  to counteract the impact the production this material has on our planet. In the production of new plastics the raw materials that are used are oil and coal. These two are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases that are responsible for our Earth’s climate changes. Plastic is found in our waterways; around eight million tonnes is estimated to be floating around, which is responsible for the death of over one million sea creatures every year. The energy we can save from recycling just one plastic bottle is enough to power your computer for twenty-five minutes!

 

Today, paper is still the world’s most commonly used consumer product. In our digital world we are striving to become paperless in our homes and at workplaces, we are still consuming around two hundred and thirty kilograms per person per year in unrecycled paper. Here in Australia, we are world leaders in our paper recycling with around eighty-seven percent of all our cardboard and paper products being recycled. According to the website of Waster.com.au recycling one tonne of paper saves thirteen trees, two and half barrels of oil, four thousand one hundred kilowatts of electricity, four square metres of landfill and almost thirty-two thousand litres of water. With statistics like these how can we afford to not RECYCLE our paper and cardboard products? Thinking sustainably and introducing ourselves to mindful acquisition of the consumer goods sold with excess packaging will benefit our ethical responsibility, allowing us to do our bit in the conservation of our planet’s valuable resources.

 

Reclaim Your Space

Find Your Why

Finding your WHY is important for you to hook your motivation and ignite your intention to start your Rightsizing journey. ‘All knowledge meets an end at the question … Why?’, said American author and philosopher Criss Jami. If we know WHY we are doing something this will allow us to fully emerge ourselves in all we do. Drilling down through our WHYs will give us a clear, defined, specific outcome, which allows you to discover what your emotional outcome is. If we know what is in our hearts of hearts, or what our true emotional needs are, we will be able to provide ourselves with a new template to live our lives through. We will achieve our vision to live better with our belongings by identifying the emotional benefits we will experience from changing our physical space. Knowing your WHY is HOW we are successful but also it assists us in WHAT we maintain as lasting successful outcomes.

 

If we think back to our kitchen example, the why behind this could pathway like this:

Why am I starting in my kitchen? > I am choosing to start in my kitchen because I am frustrated as it is so untidy. Why is this frustrating? > Because I am unable to find items instantly. Why is it frustrating when you cannot find things? > Because I need to rebuy items I cannot locate. Why is this a problem? > It costs me extra money. Why would rightsizing solve this for you? > It will allow me to see all my utensils and I could avoid spending extra dollars on repurchasing. Why will this be beneficial to you? > Because I will have more time and money. Why is this important? > Because I will now be able spend both in other areas of my life. Why will this be valuable to you? > Because I will be happier as my quality of life will have improved.

 

This shows how asking ourselves WHY until we have reached our emotional outcome will allow us to verbalise our specific of our own WHY for our project.

 

 

Life By Design

Space

Our home is where we take shelter, make our memories and how we communicate desirable versions of ourselves to others through our belongings. ‘Your home is your living space not your storage space’ says Francine Jay, author of the book titled The Joy of Less. This, I could not agree with more! Stowing things that impact on our space for living in is counterintuitive for healthy living, as we now know that existing in an overly cluttered environment is an unhealthy place for us to inhabit. It impacts negatively on our concentration, productivity and adds extra anxieties to our lives. When Rightsizing SPACE is considered an area that is unoccupied, empty and/or free. When we begin discarding objects from our lives, this opens up space for us to enjoy what really matters. The act of creating more space in your home will require action-based dividing and sorting of the belongings no longer required.

 

Space feels good when you start to make it in your home. I can become a key motivator in the Rightsize process. One project I recently worked on was with an intergenerational family all living under the same roof. The Rightsize project we had decided on together was to clear the clutter from the guest bedroom to  make space for a new baby arriving a few months later. Bill, the patriarch of this family, passed comment to me about his thoughts on space. He said, ‘When we were living with so much around us it felt our lives were full. A life lived because we had so much to show for it. But now with more pockets of space throughout the house, I still feel full but also free. None of us were expecting that.’ 

 

This perfectly illustrates how they were all unaware of how living in both a crowded and cluttered environment had impacted on himself and the family. As Bill has described there was this sense of feeling lighter because of the openness created by discarding their excess. This is a great motivation igniter, as space is addictive. When someone has lived in a cluttered home for a long time the effects they encounter during the removal process is very powerful. Pausing to reflect on how you feel about your home emotionally is a proactive task to do, before the planning phase. It allows you to gain a perspective on how you live currently with the things you own.

 

Revising your floor plan will be useful to see if shifting your furniture around may be beneficial in creating more space, using the measurements of your floor plan as a guide to what can moved around to suit your space better. Think about what you will ‘keep’ and how these items could add to the aesthetics of your space by creating ‘interior stories’. These stories will function as decorative statements to show who you are, what you like and even where you have been. Make these revamped changes by hanging objects, showcasing shelf stories and envision a feature point or focal piece for your rooms. Gather all your like objects together to allow them to be the focus or theme of the room, such as geometric patterns for the guest room, a nautical theme for the entrance and one-block colour for your office. Thinking about creative ways to hang photographs on the wall together as a feature, whereby leaving flat areas clear. Cluster items that are precious in odd numbers such as  groups of  three and five. Arrange a carefully curated collection of items in height order for a streamlined look. Storing items out of sight, yet making them easily accessible when you need them, is a way of reducing the excess stimuli in our space so our homes can become our happy place! The way you style your belongings around your space will evoke your memories, allow you to feel connected to your world through your ‘keep’ items and show off your creative side!

 

Elements for design are:

Colour ,tone, texture, line, direction, shape, size, proportion

 

Principles for design are:

Balance , rhythm, unity,  repetition, harmony, contrast, dominance