Unhappy with your home?
You’re not alone.
However, the beef you have with your house probably has less to do with your décor and more to do with your lifestyle.
Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about a “less is more” approach to your home that brings you closer to nature.
If you’ve been scared off by the “green” label in the past because of the price tag, fear not. In fact, one may argue that going green at home can actually save you money in the long-run as you focus on…
- Minimalism and the idea that you can get by with having less in your space
- Anti-consumerism as you focus on wants versus needs
- Well-being as you embrace the natural world and actually feel comfortable within your own walls
Instead of convincing yourself that it’s time to move out, consider the small green investments you can start making at home today.
Find Peace and Quiet While You Work
As a solopreneur, it’s natural to feel a bit down if your work-from-home environment is stale or stagnant. There are a few ways to remedy this, such as…
- Decluttering your office space, either by going paperless or simply getting rid of knick knacks that you no long need (think: staplers and old printers)
- Rely on more digital tools for your business to help you focus:, from Google Analytics and Neil Patel’s free SEO analyzer to VOIP solutions such as Skype, these tools will ensure that you get down to business
- Breathe some organic life into your space: flowers and other office plants may be a solid investments to help you feel less down in the dumps
Spend More Time Outdoors
On the flip side, maybe it’s time for you to get out of the house.
This doesn’t mean spending big money on a co-working space, but rather sprucing up your outdoor seating areas. Redoing your porch or patio is a solid project that’s environmentally friendly as you quite literally strive to spend more time in the midst of mother nature..
Depending on where you live, it may be necessary to invest in a heater or fan to keep you comfortable but bear in mind the de-stressing benefits to spending more time outdoors versus staying cooped up all day.
Rethink Your Car
If you’re working from home, it may be time to ditch your vehicle or sizing down to have a single family car. While this leap may be a hard one for you, consider the benefits of biking or walking to get from Point A to Point B versus relying on a gas guzzler (think: financial and health benefits). If you live in an urban area, such a switch might be quite sensible.
Strive to Eat Smarter
Eating more fruits, veggies and “raw” foods will give you a health boost while also reducing waste. After all, it’s easier to recycle when you produce less trash from giving up your prepackaged and processed foods. For the sake of the protecting your health and the environment, it may very well be in your best interest to “hug” the walls when at the grocery store as you shop (think: avoid the processed junk in the middle).
Embracing the green lifestyle at home doesn’t mean that you need to move out. Instead, consider the small steps you can take toward a simpler, green home and grow from there.