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What Is Lagom And How Does It Help You Live A Balanced Life?

"Not too little, not too much, just right."

Minimalism, the art of having less, is a huge lifestyle trend that is currently making its way in home, apparel, food, and more. We meal prep with fewer and more basic ingredients to save time, we minimize our wardrobes to reduce our footprint on this planet, and we buy less knick-knacks in our home so it doesn’t feel as cluttered.

Though, while consuming less does make us feel less indebted to an item, I wanted to further explore what ‘minimalism’ meant to other people, or in Lagom’s case, other countries.

Lagom, the Swedish art of balanced living, roughly translates to “not too little, not too much, just right.” As a minimalist myself, I’m constantly reevaluating the object around me to see how far I’m able to live with less. Though, what if the issue isn’t necessarily continuing to eliminate or hoard? But finding that perfect equilibrium that suits our lifestyles without causing a lack or excess?

Lagom: The Swedish Art Of Balanced Living” by Linnea Dunne was one of the first books I read on the Swedish lifestyle concept. Lagom isn’t perfection, but finding simple, attainable solutions to your everyday worries like stress, eating better, having downtime and achieving happiness. It’s a balance of work and life so everything is in sustainable existence with each other.

Seems practical in theory, right? Dunne suggests toying around with more ethical clothing and beginning a capsule wardrobe, eating locally and growing your own food, forcing yourself to have more breaks during the day to feel more rested. But our days shift and sometimes we’re not able to check off everything on our lists. That’s the beauty of Lagom, though.

It’s a fuss-free lifestyle, meaning, it’s learning how to find pleasure and contentment in what we have, even if it’s not picture-perfect. And understanding that everything we do plays an important part in how we lead sustainable, less-destructive lives on earth.

Whether or not you want to practice the art of Lagom full-time, you have to admit a fuss-free lifestyle seems ideal right about now. Especially in a culture where over-indulgence is somewhat idolized.

If you’re looking to get into Lagom, here are eight easy ways to start living a balanced lifestyle:

1
Garment Rack
Amazon
Lagom encourages investing in sustainable, quality pieces of clothing so we're not running through fast fashion. It also touts the concept of a capsule wardrobe. And one of the easiest ways to beautiful display your smaller but more sustainable wardrobe is through a garment rack. Get it on Amazon.
2
LED Lights
Wayfair
LED causes less environmental damage being that you never have to replace this bulb and it saves you a ton of money because it's energy efficient. Because Lagom is about a sustainable lifestyle, replacing your light fixtures with LED lights is an easy step towards achieving Lagom. Get this LED kitchen island pendant at Wayfair.
3
Midday Breaks
Urban Outfitters
What would Lagom be without fika, "to have coffee" in Swedish? The practice of taking breaks through coffee culture is a major aspect of Lagom. Enhance your next coffee break with these ombre pour-over set from Urban Outfitters.
4
Reusable Food Storage
Amazon
Reusable food storage bags save you money and contribute to less plastic consumption. Get these Stasher bags at Amazon.
5
Multipurpose Furniture
Jet
This clever multifunctional storage cabinet is perhaps designed for kitchen use, but it’s smart enough to use just about anywhere you need more space and more tabletop seating. Living fuss-free doesn't have to mean living with no furniture, but more functional furniture. Get this storage cabinet at Jet.
6
Composting
Jet
If your goal is to be less wasteful, starting a compost collection in your home is an incredibly easy and inexpensive first step. Get this compost bucket at Jet.
7
Herb Garden
Bed Bath Beyond
Instead of consistently buying herbs at the market, grow your own at home that are free of wasteful packaging, fresh, and less expensive in the long run. Get this Miracle-Gro® AeroGarden™ at Bed Bath & Beyond.
8
Sustainable Clothing
Toms
Lagom is about wearing more sustainable clothing that doesn't heavily impact our earth's ecosystem. Try finding more ethical clothing options, like these vegan sneakers from TOMS.

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