As March begins I am excited to announce that I have almost officially completed moving. I have decided to set up shop in LA and am so excited to be in this new neighborhood! It's been a grueling process but has given me the opportunity to test sustainable practices in a new space. Here are some of my tips:
- Rework what you've got. I've only had to buy one new piece of furniture in my move because I've found new, slightly different purposes for many of my items. Side tables have become a TV stand, the media console has become a bookshelf etc.
- Find a sustainable home store. The Good Trade, yet again, has a fantastic list of recommendations. Included in that list is Bambeco, which I recently purchased a great rug from!
- Buy secondhand. Find your local flea market, antique shop or a garage sale to get a good deal on something that needs a new home. And if you'd rather not have make a trip to one of those then Chairish has you covered. The online retailer lets you buy and sell preloved items from the comfort of your own home.
4. Buy things that will last. For example; the Floyd bed. A simple set of quality items that can be easily assembled and disassembled. Their tag line is 'furniture for city living' and I would have to agree.
5. Minimalism. Minimalism is a word that has been tossed around a lot recently and is either loved or hated. People seem to have a distaste for it because there is a very specific style associated with it but that doesn't always have to be the case. Minimalism, for these purposes, can mean simplifying your home in the way that is best for you. Keeping things simpler makes your life less chaotic, stressful and overwhelming. I personally feel like there's more room to breathe and concentrate in an simpler, organized space.