You need less stuff
There seems to be a general consensus about needing less stuff. I don’t disagree.For me this lockdown has been the perfect time to really sit with my stuff and consciously decide what I needed and didn’t. Yes, I’m talking about a good old fashioned Marie Kondo declutter - just more sustainably.
Before starting, Sophie Grant, an ultra runner who has been living in a van with her partner for three years, offered some advice: “keep what you need, and be willing to admit when something is a mistake and leave it at a charity shop.”
As someone that generally shops quite sustainably I realised that I sometimes struggled to let go of items I don’t use anymore with the thought that I might use it in the future and fear I would have to buy it again. But the truth is that with most items you just know, as with bad relationships, when they aren’t going to work out. “We went from a house full of stuff to a box, so we've had to ditch some stuff along the way as we've realised that it doesn't work well enough to keep,” Sophie says. You just know.
Controlling what goes in and out is also a great way “to be aware of your waste and consumption,” as Toby Burgess, a lecturer in sustainable architecture points out. Think of your space as something sacred that you need to protect and curate at all times.