Just as there are trends in fashion, and food, and sporting and keeping fit activities, so there seems trends in life-style; it seemed to be mindfulness, and hygge, and now it’s lagom… which means just the right amount. It seems appealing, especially as I look round and see the amount of clutter and stuff there is… last year I attempted to throw away/recycle/give one item per day – sometimes there was more than one, particularly when I went through bookshelves, CD collections, clothes cupboards. At first I kept a record, but by about summer time forgetfulness interfered, and although I did get rid of I am sure, more than 366 items, I didn’t in fact write down all.
Lagom sounds appealing, and practical, and I’m sure relaxing – less stuff, less stress! So the outline:
- appropriate not perfect
- simple, fair, less complicated/more contented
Sounds good… but how practical is it? I was writing about spring cleaning the other day, well maybe if I looked at it from a ‘lagom’ point of view I might feel more inspired! If it was spring cleaning not just to clean everything, but to sort and balance things too – which is what I was trying to do last year with my throwing/giving/recycling!
The idea is:
- sustainability – yes! 100% for that!
- waste reduction! 100% for that too – and waist reduction ditto!
- economy – yes! Everyone wants to save money!
- less stress – of course (not that I am very stressed, actually)
- more freedom – I guess I am pretty free now, except for the oppressive stuff I still have, so freedom from stuff – yes!
- balance of food/sleep/exercise – maybe this does need some adjustment, too much of some and not enough of others!
- “improved wellbeing” well-being is a fashionable thing which seems to mean various things, but to have an overall feeling of calm satisfaction and happiness, yes!
Have a look at this infographic, which “explains what exactly a Lagom lifestyle means and what you have to do in order to be able to live it… the ultimate guide on how to live the Lagom life”: