Creating a More Sustainable Home Life

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 Over the last few years, we have been working towards natural living and creating a more sustainable home. 

I am trying to learn how to be more sustainable in our home. That is without pushing my family away from the idea. 

But it all takes balance. 

Creating a More Sustainable Home Life

I used to get overwhelmed when I began my natural living journey. There’s so much information out there and it can become quite daunting. 

Before beginning any changes, I would suggest thinking of your end goal. And starting slowly to avoid the overwhelm. Small changes over time can make a huge difference.

This is probably one of my biggest lessons learned.

I believe one way to become more natural and green is to follow that old time saying. 

Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or do without.

Not only is this a frugal approach to life, it also leads towards a sustainable home environment. Because it really helps to change my way of thinking and my spending habits. 

To me sustainable living also means making swaps for more natural things. And it means making smart choices. 

It might not always be easy, but besides living natural for my health and well being. I have four more small reasons that have motivated me to live this way of life. 

An important part of motherhood for me, is giving my children the best life I can. And that includes one as natural and healthy as possible. 

four little children laying on rug

10 Simple Ideas for Getting Started with Sustainable Living

  1. Save energy by shutting off lights and appliances when you leave the room and they aren’t in use. 
  2. Lower the thermostat during cooler months and wear layers. 
  3. Create a seasonal capsule wardroom.
  4. Use cold water in the washing machine. 
  5. Line dry clothing or use wool dryer balls when running the dryer. 
  6. Open the blinds or curtains and let in as much natural light as possible. 
  7. Allow fresh air into the home to avoid using a fan or air conditioning. 
  8. Start timing showers and limit water waste. 
  9. Grow your own food
  10. Repurpose as many things in the home as possible. 
kitchen sink view

Favorite Natural Product Swaps to Try

One of my very first swaps was to replace conventional cleaners with natural products. Here are a few of my favorites.

Cleaning Swaps:

  • Use vinegar to replace fabric softener in the washer. 
  • Replace dryer sheets with wool dryer balls
  • Use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels. 
  • Replace bleach with an oxygen brightener.
  • Try baking soda for a scrub.
  • Make your own cleaning products.

Kitchen Swaps:

Household Swaps: 

Shop some of my favorite natural products here. 

hand and dish soap in soap dispensers next to the kitchen sink

A Few Simple Reminders

Remember that your whole world doesn’t need to change overnight. I really believe to be successful, it’s important to start small. This will help overwhelm and keep one motivated. 

Here are a few more small changes you can start today to begin a more sustainable lifestyle. 

  • Cut down on energy in the home.
  • Grow your own garden
  • Compost & recycle more. 
  • Limit paper products in the home.
  • Use cloth instead of paper towels.
  • Barter. Exchange products or services with others. 
  • Reduce water waste. 

What small changes have you made towards a more natural and sustainable lifestyle?

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