there are a handful of items that fit into our lives and make it work a little better…i love hearing about those things from friends so i thought i’d do a quick share! please mention yours in the comments!
1- everyone soap…the goal was to declutter our shower and have just one bottle. i realized if i picked one we all liked we could use the same shampoo…bottle clutter begone! i had audrey pick her favorite scent at whole foods and I love that you can also use this as a bath gel. multi-taskers are more likely to earn a permanent spot in our home. it’s so affordable and lasts forever. here’s the downside – buildup (which seems pretty common in natural hair products, yes?)…so i’m going to try a rinse but wanted to give you the whole scoop.
2- patagonia black hole messenger bag…i like to travel light but that same concept applies to everyday. so instead of a day to day bag and a camera bag, i use the same one because i still want a half dozen of the same things – lipbalm, id, pen…this item may be more photographer specific but i keep an insert loaded with lenses, cf cards and batteries. sidenote: cute camera bags have proliferated but i find most have quality issues that only keep them in service for 18 months of heavy duty use. i love products with lifetime guarantees – less waste, less shopping…ahhh!!
3- baggu…i’ve mentioned these before but since they’re constantly in use at our home they deserved a spot again. books to go back to the library hang out in one (because unlike other reusable bags that are intended for medium weight, these are so strong) – they’ve given us years of service and don’t show any signs of wear. i use one for the gym, too since you can totally throw them in the wash. after trying a couple different kinds of reusable bags i’ve found i prefer the baggu’s…the size is *perfect*. we use 3-4 on a regular grocery trip because they hold two regular bags worth.
4- wireless headphones…i think the suv crowd was way ahead of the curve on these. we don’t use them in our car but rather inside. granted, we don’t watch much tv during the day which may be what makes the noise a bit startling. i know people who have the tv on as background noise and this isn’t for them…it’s for those who would prefer music or just quiet :) open concept homes really benefit from these! (we got ours a long time ago – there are much better options now that are less expensive and more compact)
5- squeasy…audrey loves those squeeze pouches but they created so much waste (this book totally changed my outlook on our household and the amount of trash we create). now most often her after-school snack on the ride home is one of these filled with unsweetened applesauce – the portion size is more satisfying, too. i pop it into the dishwasher in the evening and we use it again the next day (everything pulls apart). we’ve been using it for a year and have had zero issues.
6- ikea containers…i know, their quality can be all over the map so i just bought four and then got more later. super durable (i’ve brought them on roadtrips in our cooler even though they’re glass).
i love clear containers and really appreciate when they nest in the cabinet. side benefit: when i switched to these my mom said it looked like our fridge had been styled for a photo shoot :) sometimes getting all the sides of the lids to snap takes some muscle which might be from the dishwasher. (we have the size i linked to, a larger rectangular one and a couple small ones)
7- lamy pen…so what I’ve learned is that if i have one of something, i’ll keep track of it. one pen, one pair of sunglasses, you get the picture.
what makes this one of my favorite take-aways from 2014 is that you naturally have less stuff and you can (if you want) think about upgrading your one item to what you’ll really enjoy. someone sweet gave me the best lip balm from beauty counter and I’m using it up before i get anything else :)
tell me some of your favorites – pretty please!!