Lagom: Add Balance to Your Life With This Scandinavian Lifestyle Trend

Lagom is a lifestyle based on balance, moderation, and mindfulness in all areas of life.  Like hygge, lagom began in Scandinavian cultures and is gaining popularity in the US. One of the main objectives of the practice is sustainability of everything from the Earth’s natural resources to your personal energy, and even your finances. Here are some easy steps you can take to adopt a lagom lifestyle.

Adopt Sustainable Habits

Altering your habits isn’t always easy. But, there are lots of small steps you can take that have wide-reaching benefits. Here are a few:

  • Long showers and soaks in the tub should be an occasional indulgence, not your every-day routine. Keep the water warm, not hot. Shortening your showers and lowering the temp will conserve water and energy, and lower your utility bills. And, warm water won’t strip the vital oils that keep your skin healthy like hot water does.
  • Switch from bottled water to filtered tap water to keep plastic out of the landfills and harmful chemicals like BPA out of your body.
  • Conserve water and energy by waiting to run your dishwasher and washing machine until they’re at full capacity. And remember, your dishwasher burns less resources than hand-washing.

Lagom Inspired Decorating

The definition of lagom is “just the right amount.” For your décor, this means focusing on filling your apartment with the things you need and love, and cutting out any unnecessary clutter. Follow these guidelines to ensure your décor is healthy for the environment and your budget.

  • Recycled and upcycled is always best. Check your local thrift stores for unique art and timeless classics like hardwood tables and bed sets. Add some paint and creativity to create a one-of-a-kind piece.
  • Look for furniture made of sustainable materials like bamboo, rattan, and eucalyptus.
  • Make sure new hardwood furniture is made with lumber harvested in compliance with Forrest Stewardship Counsel guidelines.

Eat Healthy While Cutting Back on Food Waste

With a few simple steps, you can eat healthier and lower your food costs. You’ll also lower your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of food you throw away.

  • Keep your refrigerator organized. Use transparent containers so you can easily see what you have on hand.
  • Snap a picture of your fridge contents before you go grocery shopping so you don’t buy anything you don’t need.
  • If there are only one or two people in your household, do your grocery shopping with a friend or neighbor. Split bulk fresh food items like meat, fruits, and vegetables. You’ll get the savings of buying in bulk without having to watch food spoil faster than you can eat it.

Know When to Say No

When practicing a lagom lifestyle, conserving your personal energy is as important as conserving natural resources.

  • Know your limits and take the necessary time to relax and recharge.
  • Don’t commit to social engagements if you don’t really feel like going.
  • Take care of your responsibilities, but don’t spread yourself too thin.

Indulge- in Moderation

Lagom is all about balance and occasional indulgences are encouraged. If spending an hour in a hot bubble bath once a week boosts your mood and helps you feel centered, go for it. Small indulgences will go a long way in helping you maintain your sustainable habits.