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Live Lagom And Enjoy Life to the Fullest

After the KonMari Method and the rise of Hygge, this 2017 trend will teach you to focus on the things that matter most

Photography: Yang and Unsplash (Main Photos)

After working hard and experimenting with the KonMari method, Hygge, or the Danish concept of coziness and a pleasant life, came as a welcome surprise last year. After all, after decluttering and saying goodbye to things we no longer use or need, it's only fitting that we take a break and snuggle up with a good book and a cup of coffee. Whether you're still enjoying your KonMari journey or still adjusting to Hygge, you may want to take things to the next level by learning more about Lagom, too.

The Swedes invite us to live Lagom—from the Swedish phrase “Lagom är bäst,” which means “the right amount is best.” In a nutshell, Lagom is all about living a life of moderation. It aims to bring forth the advantages of sustainable living—enabling you to do what you love, while taking just exactly what you need—no more, no less. Are you ready for this new challenge?

Live Lagom is not telling us to deprive ourselves of things that make us happy but rather, it wants us to live full lives while being less wasteful and while treading lightly on the planet. This "just right" concept is hardly new to the Swedes—case in point is their Scandinavian design aesthetic characterized by simple clean lines. Their pieces—which is celebrated in many parts of the world—are beautiful, practical, and not overly ornate. Some even have become classics—the simplicity made each piece relevant, regardless of the current trend.

At the helm of this lifestyle trend is Swedish furniture giant, IKEA. Live Lagom is a three-year project aimed to “make sustainable living easier, more affordable, and attractive.” The brand is working with the University of Surrey’s center for environment and sustainability and Hubbub, an environmental foundation. The university monitors and evaluates the project while the charity communicates the issues to the people. Meanwhile, IKEA has introduced products that "help save energy, water, reduce waste, and promote a healthy lifestyle."

Living sustainably is not a new concept, but it is worth to be reiterated. Given the current state of our planet, isn't it timely that we start to live Lagom? To help you out, here are a few ideas that you can consider:

1. Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Start small by refraining from using plastic bags and bringing your own eco bag when visiting the grocery. Reuse and recycle as much as you can—from old bottles, mason jars, and even tin cans.

2. Buy only what you need.

If you do the groceries weekly or monthly, get only the supplies that you would need for the period. Avoid buying items you won't be able to use, as it might end up getting expired and straight to the trash.

3. Use water and electricity efficiently.

Turn of all lights, appliances, and faucets when these are not in use. Wasted resources can result to higher bills and bigger spending.

4. Start a mini garden.

Save on a few pesos by growing your own herbs, spices, and even vegetables! Even if you don't have a big plot of land, you can try container gardening and start from there.

5. Discard your trash properly.

See how you can segregate your waste and minimize the amount of trash you make. You can even turn some of the things you throw out into soil or compost for your plants.

Learn more about Lagom and view a digital brochure by visiting IKEA's website.

PHOTOS: Pexels/Thorn Yang | Pixabay | Life of Pix | Burak Kebapci | Unsplash (Main)

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