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There is a lot of tips and hints out there about how to plan your wardrobe, capsule wardrobes, starting project 333 and the minimalist movement. I wanted to share with you my journey and today I thought I’d talk about my shoes.
When it comes to shoes, I wanted to really reduce them and I thought this was more apparent if I went for one set of shoes I always had available rather than having a set of shoes for each 3-6months.
I had an overflowing shoe box of family shoes, plus shoes just stuffed in our hallway and then more shoes stuffed under our bed… most of which we never even wore… Yes I included the children in this downsize too.
So what stayed for me?
This could be minimalized more or less to suit you, yes I could do without the pair of guilty pleasure shoes and could be more vigilant in my options, however for me this seems to be a good year round minimalist shoe list. I may adapt it in the future to suit changing needs or trends but what it has taught me is a certainly don’t need any more than 10 shoes in my wardrobe at any time and there is no point holding on to the large number of shoes that I never or hardly ever wore.
The above list is comfortable for me at this time and that it why I stuck to it, you could go more or less extreme to suit your own wishes. The point is to only have things that are valuable to you and I genuinely love and/wear all of the above shoes and that is key when you are making your choices. I think the key to my minimalist journey is to have numbers and tips as a guide such as project 333 but to adapt it to suit your own needs and values.
As for the children they have the following
What are your essential shoes? And what are your views or experiences of minimalism or project 333? I’d love to hear from you!
Today I pose a question to you all… how do we protect the planet on a tiny budget?
I have read and watched a wide variety of books and documentaries, on eco friendly tips, living off grid, self-sufficiency, minimalism, etc. all of which have been influential and inspirational sources of information and ideas… however during a conversation I was having, the question arose…. most of the people who are leading the movement and some stage had money (i.e. access to capital/investment).
Whilst there are lots of simple, small steps we can make to reduce the impact of our existing lifestyles, if we want to go mainstream into our eco values either through self-sufficiency or community initiatives… we need capital.
We need money to fund the land, invest in technology (sources of power and water) and much more….
Some have access to this source of investment to fund their eco homes and lifestyles, others choose to live above the law and I am not criticising any of these means, but I have access to neither of these options, and I don’t think I am alone…
What do average day to day families do? The families who want more intense options such as off grid living do when they have zero or very small capital, are working to pay off bills alone, and are unable to take the risks of doing things that do not fit with the law either for principle reasons or due to family commitments?
I am a single mum working part-time. I can not increase my hours as this would involve increased child care which I can not afford. My wage goes towards essential bills and servicing debts. My budget has been squeezed as much as is viable and I still can not seem to save any money each month…
I have no capital, I live in rented accommodation and all I own is the furniture within it which has little sellable valuable…
I am able to do a wide number of things to reduce my impact on the environment and I am well aware and striving towards this… but my dream is to live off grid ideally as part of a community of like minded people, but doing such requires land (costly) particularly land that I would be allowed to live on, access to technology (such as solar panels) and so on and I have no means of gaining the funds to do this….
So my question is, how do people like me who are on a very limited budget step into the world of off grid living? Particularly in a way that provides a secure roof over my children’s heads….
I’d love to hear your tips, ideas and views on this discussion!
So week one of my plant based transition has focused on breakfasts. Was it a success? Honestly I’m not really sure… Can I eat a plant based breakfast? Yes… Does it fill me up? Yes… Do plant based breakfasts make me jump for joy? No…Uh oh!
I’ve seen tons of amazing recipes for plant based breakfasts on the internet, but I have two kids, a school run and work to get to and I do not have the time to spend hours slaving away over a stove, at least not on an average morning!
I have found some super quick, simple and substantial plant based breakfasts (which don’t taste awful by the way), but when compared with the high sugar cereal my family has been accustomed to they’re just not as nice.
Before the plant based diet, we were eating the worst breakfasts we probably could be… I’m talking coco pops and cheerios… They’re quick, they’re easy and they taste good…. But that’s miles away from a nutritional or ethical breakfast.
So I bought 5kg bag of organic porridge oats from a local farm, 5kg bag of organic muesli from the same farm, a range of milk alternatives, some whole meal bread, maple syrup and some organic peanut butter. I was prepared and ready for a week of plant based diets.
The toughest challenge with this diet was probably the milk alternatives… we’re struggling to transition away from cows milk but we’re dedicated, keep thinking about why we’re doing this and persevering. I believe that we will adapt with time, but it’s just going to take time for our taste buds to adjust with the changes.
So, here are my top 5 plant based breakfasts that are kid approved and simple and quick.
So there’s my go to quick and easy plant based, vegan breakfasts that are family friendly and can be done with a busy schedule. I hope with time I will learn to love them as much as I did the naughty coco pops, but they certainly hit the button and get good food in my system.
I hope my lack of enthusiasm doesn’t put you off! I know from previous experience when you stop eating convenience / processed food it can be a real challenge, but with time you learn to love really simple flavours, so hopefully I will learn to appreciate these dishes more with time. Watch this space!!!
I’m going to talk food for a bit… but not the foraging, home grown food of my dreams. I’m going to talk about plant based diets.
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called Food Choices which examines the damage to our health and climate that modern diets are causing. It was really fascinating, I knew that vegetarian and vegan diets were better for the environment but I never knew they were better for our health. It is definitely worth a watch if this is something you are interested in or want to know more about!
I have been vegetarian for most of my life and used to raise two happily vegetarian kids, but guilt won over this last year and I allowed them to eat meat, even started buying and cooking it for them. After watching this documentary I started a conversation with them about healthy eating and we agreed as a family to adopt a more plant based diet.
The hardest shift towards veganism for me is dairy… I love dairy! I have cheese, butter and milk as part of most meals and I love it…. the girls were equally worried! So we agreed to transition slowly, but also accept that we would eat what we wanted at times but only as a treat.
So how are we going to structure this shift to keep us on track and focused but without pushing it too far or too quickly?
Our plan is structured over 4 weeks:
The aim is to eat predominantly plant based foods, trying to cut out processed foods and sugar and generally eat more healthy. I strongly recommend watching that documentary to see what I mean by this. However I will allow the odd naughty treat once in a while, as eating it rarely is better than always in my opinion and we do love them naughties!
I will post my successes and challenges each week including my old diet and new diet and will welcome any feedback and tips along the way!