Is this an easy thing to achieve? Well, I suppose that depends on what your goals are, what your current lifestyle is like, your level of interest, and if you are willing to rethink your budget a bit. For me, it has been a back-and-forth cycling between a more natural approach and a convenience-based approach. I think there is a happy medium, and the more research I do, the more I see that I can achieve my goals of natural living without sacrificing everything that makes life comfortable and easy.
I am working through the process of outlining how to achieve my goal of really living naturally, and the first step is figuring out what is most important to me and why. I know off the top of my head that my big areas of focus are:
- Good Health
- Stewardship/Saving Money
- Organization (read: getting rid of the clutter!!!)
So where do I start? This could really be an overwhelming transition process. Not to mention how expensive organic and natural products are - there's no way I could switch everything at once! I need to list out everything that will require transitioning, and prioritize from there. So I have come up with some specific goals for myself:
- I would like to transition ALL household cleaners to be all natural, earth-friendly, and either chemical-free or nontoxic.
- I would like to have an organic garden on our property to save money on buying produce and fresh herbs.
- I would like to eliminate (or severely reduce) the use of paper towels, paper napkins, paper plates, and plastic storage bags.
- I would like to reuse glass containers for food storage rather than using plastic, unless the plastic is BPA free.
- I would like to do mostly scratch cooking: making my own flours, breads, yogurt, butter, etc.
- I would like to transition all personal care and beauty products to be all natural and chemical-free.
- I would like to get back to using cloth diapers (except for travel and outings) for the remainder of time until Blake is potty trained.
I definitely have a long way to go, and I know that certain aspects of this process will be a struggle for me (I really love paper products!). But I know that once I have good habits in place, it won't be a big deal to maintain them. Plus my kids might gain more of an appreciation for our world if they are investing in its care from early on.
I hope to keep up with posting about my process to "go green." I am looking forward to sharing my progress.