While July is one of my favorite months of the year [my birthday month], I am pretty excited for August! My focus for summer break is simplifying every aspect possible to create a better flow of daily activities. With summer time being the busiest time of the year for me, a simple routine is a must.
For the past couple of weeks, we looked at simplifying our life through budgeting and creating simple self-care products. Simplicity in both of these areas are key to removing distractions from the life you want to live. By looking at your budget, where you spend your money, and evaluating it, you may find that you spend money on things that you do not really need. When it comes to self-care, natural products give you the best bang for your buck. Besides, who does not love to create a special product just for themselves??
Now that we talked about both of those, let us talk about sustainable switches we can make in our home that save us time, money, waste, and space! The favorites shared with you are switches I have made within the past year, and really do work! While some of these require an initial investment, they pay off in the long run. These switches are also natural alternatives to conventional market options.
Minimalism Monthly Favorites – July
1 Cloth Napkins or Wash Cloths in lieu of Paper Towels // I cannot tell you how much money this is saving me! I used to use paper towels to dry my hands, clean the counter tops, and dry dishes. It was so wasteful and expensive! While I have not completely rid my life of paper towels, switching to wash cloths has simplified my life so much!
I do use paper towels to drain oil and grease from anything I fry and during canning season. However, I can purchase a bulk pack from my local bulk store and have them for a couple of years. Before the switch, a bulk pack would last only 6 months roughly, so I am creating a longevity of 3-4x longer due to using wash cloths!
2 Cotton Rounds in lieu of Cotton Pads // So this switch takes longer to get your return on investment depending on the cotton rounds you purchase. There are plenty of options to choose from, including different colors, patterns, textures, materials. You name it, and it probably exists.
Personally, I wanted something organic that would not wear out over time, and be gentle on my skin. I linked to the cotton rounds I purchased from Jupierseed Mercantile, and I highly recommend them! I have had mine for a year, and they still look brand new!
The only space they require is a small jar, and the best part is they do not leave any fuzzy things on your skin after using like cotton pads can. If you take care of them, they will save you money, space, and aggravation [due to no fuzzy things being left behind].
3 Dryer Balls instead of Dryer Sheets // One of the best switches I have made so far is switching from dryer sheets to balls! Not only do they save you from having to purchase dryer sheets all of the time, but they also cut down on drying time, which saves you both money and time!
I love getting to create my own scents by using essential oils. Sometimes I want a Rosemary scent, while other times I may want a Lavender scent. All I have to do is add a few drops of essential oils versus having multiple boxes of dryer sheets that are different scents.
4 Coconut Oil // One jar of coconut oil has replaced the need for a tub of hair mask, mouth wash (I use it as an oil puller before I brush my teeth), a tube of massage oil, moisturizer, etc. It is one of the most diverse products within my home. You can mix it with different essential oils to create a different use for it.
For example, my hair mask will include Rosemary, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Tea Tree oil. For oil pulling, I like to use a couple of drops of Peppermint oil, and for massages, I like to use Lavender, Peppermint, and Panaway. My moisturizer will vary on my skin. Some days, I like to use Frankincense and Melrose, while other days I may only want to use Lavender.
I like to play around with different combinations for all of these, but these are some of my favorites.
5 Vinegar in lieu of Fabric Softener // While I use vinegar for MANY things within my home, this was the best switch I made. Vinegar is a lot less expensive than fabric softener, and it lasts longer if you purchase it in the largest size possible. This is another item I purchase in bulk to save even more.
What I love so much about using vinegar is that it removes any mold or mildew from my laundry, as well as static. The smell goes away as it dries, so if you are using dryer balls, they will scent your laundry for you. You do not need a scented detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets to have fresh smelling laundry. Coordinating your dryer balls with the same scent as your detergent [assuming you are using a natural detergent with natural fragrance versus artificial fragrances] is the simplest way to achieving clean, fresh smelling laundry.
Hopefully you will find at least one of these switches beneficial for your lifestyle, if not all of them! 🙂 Let me know below if you switched something in your home that I did not mention. I am always looking for more sustainable options to use within my home and everyday life.
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