declutter food and drink Food and Drink Clutter - Today is the day to look for food and drink that is past it’s use by date or that you just don’t like. It’s easy to go food shopping and ...
Less stuff, more Ikea Lagom - Disclaimer – Ikea have bought me with the lure of £300 worth of goodies if I blog about their Live Lagom project. No problem there! Lagom comes from the Swedish ...
Meal planning when you hate plans - In a nutshell: Meal planning saves money and wasted food but can feel restrictive. Planning loosely around the main element of the meal is an easy solution. I’ve avoided meal ...
Boobalou graphics by Naked Website Alternatives to one use plastic bottles - In a nutshell – I’m giving up one use water bottles and hunting for the perfect alternative reusable bottle. Sparked off by the Ikea Live LAGOM project, which is helping ...
live lagom Live LAGOM blogs about sustainable living - In a nutshell – I was lucky to be chosen as an Ikea Live LAGOM ambassador along with lots of other people across the UK. Here are some of their ...
compost bins in a tiny garden Starting a compost bin in a tiny garden - In a nutshell – I have a very tiny garden for growing fruit and veg and relaxing in. I’ve just got a second compost bin and this is how I’m ...
grow salad all year live lagom 7 weeks from seed to salad – indoor hydroponics - In a nutshell –  how quick it is to produce your own salad indoors, even in mid winter.  48 days after planting seeds we have a good crop  we can ...
Live LAGOM Actions – Inspiring sustainable change - In a nutshell – As part of the Live LAGOM project I’ve been thinking about tiny ways we can all make changes for the better. Here are some ideas to ...
cloth pads by moontimes Back to Basics; The Humble Cloth Pad – Guest post by Rachael Hertogs - In a nutshell – Instead of buying tampons monthly there are alternatives that save you money & are good for the environment. Guest Post by Rachael Hertogs. This is a ...
Living lagom and making draft excluders - In a nutshell – as part of the Ikea LiveLAGOM project we were invited to make draft excluders from fabric scraps. Here are the instructions for a double one that ...
Less waste – An A-Z of leftover food ideas. - In a nutshell – in the spirit of less waste the less-stuff Facebook group came up with lots of ideas for using up lefovers. They vary from vegan to meaty ...
How to make reusable wax cloth alternative to cling film - In a nutshell – Step by step easy instructions to make your own waxed fabric. It can be used instead of cling film to keep food fresh. If you like ...
sweatshirt bowl Recycling school sweatshirts into crochet bowls - In a nutshell – the secondhand uniform sale at school has lots of obsolete sweatshirts with an old logo. I’m exploring ways to re-use and recycle them to save them ...
food label safety Declutter your leftovers into something delicious - If you have lots of odds and ends in your food cupboards and fridge this decluttering prompt will give you ideas to use them up. You might find it helpful ...
make your own bamboo straws Home Made Reusable Bamboo Straws - In a nutshell – plastic straws are evil, especially when they get into the sea and endanger wildlife. It is really easy to make your own ones from bamboo that ...
make veg stock from scraps How to make easy stock from food scraps - In a nutshell – even if you compost all your food scraps you can get more out of some of them by making stock. It is very easy.   Stock ...
banana bread recipe Banana Bread Recipe with 6 Bananas. - In a nutshell – this is a quick and easy recipe that uses up lots of over-ripe bananas. It has basic store cupboard ingredients and can be on your plate ...
coping with clutter when you feel shaky Coping with clutter when major events make you feel shaky - In a nutshell – after a major event, whether it be a birth, death or something traumatic in the news, decluttering loses priority. Here is how I stay focussed and ...
What is the most eco friendly shopping bag money can’t buy? A Morsbag! - In a nutshell – since the plastic bag ban in shops we are all on the lookout for reusable alternatives. Morsbags make and give away bags made from old fabric. ...
BS5 Baggers Morsbag Pod How to set up a local crafting or upcycling group - In a nutshell – it is incredibly rewarding getting together with a group of people to make something out of nothing. Here are some hints and tips to help you ...
Plastic Free July Plastic Free July when money and time is tight #pfjuk - In a nutshell – I’ve been trying to cut down my plastic consumption for a while now. Plastic Free July is a chance to ramp it up a notch and ...
Plastic Free July Plastic Free July Week 1 Day 1 #pfjuk - In a nutshell – For the first week of Plastic Free July I’ll be monitoring what I plastic I use daily. From toast made from plastic wrapped bread in the ...
plastic free nemesis Reduced price food: my plastic free nemesis #pfjuk - Plastic Free July Week 1 Day 4. The first week of Plastic Free July is for me to notice what plastic I buy. I’m trying to act normally and do ...
White vinegar is better than toilet cleaner – Plastic Free July #pfjuk - In a nutshell – it is day 8 of plastic free July.  On day 4 I ran out of toilet duck so I tried to find a plastic free alternative. ...
plasti free july week 1 Plastic Free July Week 1 – What is in the bin? #pfjuk - The first week of Plastic Free July was for me to look at what plastic we use at the moment. I made a few changes as they came up but ...
citric acid descaler Citric acid works better than kettle descaler – Plastic Free July Day 12 #pfjuk - This week in Plastic Free July I swapped my sachets of descaler for citric acid, which works better and comes in a cardboard box. If this was a site without ...
bicarbonate of soda Bicarb the wonder salt – Plastic Free July Day 13 #pfjuk - Bob Roland: Message from the front, sir. Rufus T. Firefly: Oh, I’m sick of messages from the front. Don’t we ever get a message from the side? – What is ...
plastic free july week 2 Plastic Free July Week 2 – What is in the bin? #pfjuk - Week 2 of Plastic Free July Is it only 2 weeks? It feels like a lifetime of battling to be plastic free already! This week the bag for landfill is ...
plastic free july week 3 Plastic Free July Week 3 – What is in the bin? #pfjuk - I’m disappointed in myself this week. Week 1 was great, with the discovery of vinegar the wonder fluid. Week 2 was about starting to use plastic free options and I ...
Plastic Free July Week 4 What is in the bin? Plastic Free July Week 4 – What is in the bin? #pfjuk - Week 4 of Plastic Free July at last.  I love a challenge, especially one that fits neatly into a week or a month but this has been hard. It started ...
Vicky Myers Vegetable Drawstring Bags How to make vegetable drawstring tea towel bags – Guest post by Vicky Myers - Vicky Myers makes beautiful things by reusing materials. She does her bit towards saving the planet with ‘sustainable style’ and says that sewing, DIY and knitting help her maintain her ...
Zero Waste Week 2017 Getting Ready for Zero Waste Week 2017 - In a nutshell – Zero Waste Week is a campaign to draw attention to the fact that waste doesn’t just disappear. I did it with my son 5 years ago ...
Zero Waste Audit 2017 What is in my bin before Zero Waste Week? - In a nutshell – the week before I’m attempting Zero Waste Week I look in my bin and recycling to see what I can improve on. There is a great ...
How to make and sew yarn twine How to make coasters out of yarn twine - I’m trying to cut down the amount of stuff I put in the rubbish. Our local council take scrap fabric as clean rags but it is much better to find ...
Zero Waste Week 17 Day 1 Zero Waste Week 17 Day 1 – sneaky trash and a fly tip result - Day 1 of Zero Waste Week 17 was supposed to start with me giving blood, which is very wasteful in terms of packaging but I’ve had a bad cold so ...
herby oven croutons recipe Herby Oven Croutons Recipe to use up Stale Bread - This recipe uses up any sort of savoury stale bread and makes leftover soup into something special. Ingredients Stale bread. Any of the following: garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, parmesan and/or ...
Zero Waste Week Day 2 Zero Waste Week 17 Day 2 – Not so #TrashfreeTuesday - I started off Tuesday thinking that trashfree wouldn’t be too difficult. I had no plans to leave the house other than to get some bread. Our local bakery uses brown ...
5 ways to stop paper getting into your house 5 ways to stop waste paper getting into your house - 1) Stop the junk mail. Other than put a sign on your door there are a few strategies you can take to stop the junk mail at source. If you ...
Zero Waste Week 17 Day 3 – Bloody cat food pouches - This attempt at upcycling has put me into a VILE mood. I’ve got 2 cats. I was going to rescue just the one cat but when we went to pick ...
5 easy zero waste hacks 5 Easy Zero Waste Life Hacks - This quick list has some ideas for making zero waste part of life. There are all easy, minor hassle options that can save you money too. Save stale bread I ...
How to make cosy slippers from an old wool jumper - This was originally an extra large lambswool jumper that got into the washing machine by accident. I’m not sad about it, it originally came from a second hand market stall ...
Zero Waste Week 17 Day 4 – wins and fails - A demoralising amount of plastic Sods law dictated that this week, Zero Waste Week, would be that week that things run out. So I’m left with loads of plastic bags ...
zero waste duvet cover Zero Waste Week 17 Day 5 – Making useful stuff out of the useless - In a nutshell – it is Zero Waste Week 2017 and I’m trying out ways of extending the life of old things. This week I turned a useless duvet into ...
ero waste week 17 the end Zero Waste Week 2017 – budget ways to be zero waste - At the end of just 5 days of Zero Waste Week I have 2 bags of rubbish. One is a plastic bag full of wet newspaper from the cats litter ...
Remember to use up food before it goes off with these free printable food waste stickers - This little freebie has 3 different signs you can use in your fridge or cupboards to tell people when food needs using up. There are variations in colour and black ...
food label safety 10 Easy ways to save money on food - Years ago I was teaching craft in an area that had a lot of poverty. We had funding through the Workers Education Authority to deliver classes that would improve mental ...
zero waste christmas Why I’m going zero waste this Christmas - Christmas is a time of giving but I don’t want to give burdens. I especially don’t want to burden the planet up with more stuff that goes to landfill. So ...
unusual zero waste present ideas Unusual Zero Waste Present Ideas - It is not easy to find presents for people sometimes, especially people like me who don’t want clutter! I’ve compiled a list of gifts that are zero waste or will ...
using up my fabric stash Using up my hoarded stash of fabric, yarn and craft materials. - I was taught by my war time granny to keep hold of things just in case, which is why I now have fabric that I have held onto for at ...
Menu planner with Mano Mano paint Stop food waste with a menu planning chalkboard (tutorial) - This summer I spent a lot of time scraping off chip paper, replacing it with smooth paper and creating an office space I want to work in. On my office ...
gifts that keep on giving Gifts that keep on giving and are not clutter - We all have friends and relatives that have everything they need. Christmas and birthdays get harder and harder but instead of scraping the barrel of novelty presents that will end ...
adventures with family cloth Adventures with Family Cloth (washable loo roll) - ‘Family Cloth’ is a rather twee way of saying ‘washable rags you wipe your bum with’. Bumbaclot is a Jamaican insult but it describes these bum cloths perfectly. Warning – ...
12 ways to make Xmas easier Making Christmas easier this year and next - Christmas, which is meant to be a time of giving and gratitude can easily end up being really stressful instead. Lovely Dawn from the less-stuff Facebook group came up with ...
zero waste and clutter free Valentines ideas Zero waste Valentines without the clutter or crap - Valentines day is getting out of hand. From light up plastic roses to teddy bears with heart shaped balloons. Do you really need or want any of that? Do you ...
Save money, eat healthily and stop food waste with Approved Food Save money, eat healthily and stop food waste with Approved Food - I’ve been stalking the Approved Food website for a while now. It is an online version of a huge market stall selling short dated produce at bargain prices. All the ...
how to use up all those carrots How to use up all those carrots! - Carrots are either in season or almost always available heavily reduced. It is hard to resist a kilo of good food for 20p so here are some ideas for using ...
winning at winter Winning at Winter – make it clutter free, frugal, thrifty and fun - I’ve been working on a gorgeous collaboration with upcycling expert Vicky Myers and the very clever Claire Lyons who is the frugal family expert. Between us we have come up ...
sugru teapot mend Fixing the annoying things with Sugru - Meet Sugru, the world first mouldable glue that turns into rubber. You know those little daily things that annoy you? For me it was the cable of the slow cooker ...
7 days of eating local food Happerly 7 Day Know Your Food Origins Challenge - With the synchronicity of the internet that only the algorithms of social media can evoke, we were just talking about shopping locally in the Less-stuff Facebook group when this 7 ...
glugglug straws Roadtesting glugglug Reusable Silicone Straws - glugglugplanet sent me 2 packets of reusable silicone drinking straws to review. I shared them with my friend Jo and her son and we set about thoroughly road testing them. ...
feb food box Help! I got a veg box now I don’t know what to do with it! #wheresmyfoodfrom -   As part of the Happerley challenge to know where my food is from, I got a veg box delivered. I want to see if we eat it all and ...
food miles The food miles in my breakfast #wheresmyfoodfrom -   For 7 days I’m doing the #wheresmyfoodfrom challenge to know where my food is from. I think it is pretty easy to eat only food from a known source ...
food foraging in march March free wild food foraging #wheresmyfoodfrom - I’m taking part in the Live Happerley Challenge to know where all my food comes from. I’m doing it on a tight budget though and any free food is good ...
small changes to eat local food Small, affordable changes to eat more local food #wheresmyfoodfrom - I’m taking part in the Live Happerley Challenge to know where all my food comes from for 7 days Today is the last day and I’m summing up all the ...
fat lama website Why it makes Sense to Rent our Belongings – Guest post by Fat Lama - When it comes to clutter in your home, evaluating an items ‘worth’ isn’t always easy. On the one hand many of your belongings will spend most of their shelf life ...
wyattandjack tote bags The happiest tote bags are made from bouncy castles - When I was little, my favourite stories were about objects that had a life of their own. The idea that our possessions are infused with their own history is one ...
lagom energy use Ikea LiveLAGOM project one year later. What worked? - Over a year ago I had an email from Ikea inviting me to be part of their LiveLAGOM project. They gave me months £300 to spend on Ikea products that ...
12 Easy Ideas with Craft Scraps – guest post by Annabelle Short - This is a guest post by Annabelle Short Anabelle is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. She’s a chief crafter and writer for Wunderlabel. You can ...
What to do with a veg box in march What to do with a veg box in March - This is my veg box from Chi Wholefoods at the end of March. I’ve asked them to put in reduced veg if it is available so the carrots are not ...
himalayas Natural salt deodorant balls. zero waste and plastic free - Guest post by Lindsay Coldrick of NRG Healing What is in your deodorant? Many people are still unaware of the hidden dangers in the active ingredients of modern day deodorant. ...
broken ostrich egg Mend something for Earth Day on the 22nd April - Scroll down to enter a competition to win a Home Hacks Kit from Sugru! Before you throw it away…. Visible mending can be really beautiful and there is a whole ...
fresh salad all year round Fresh salad all year round with this easy hydroponics unit from ManoMano - If you spend £1.50 a week on bagged salad you could make your money back on this in 6 months. Bagged salad is wasteful in terms of the water used ...
eco-to-go rice husk coffee cup Eco To Go Reusable Rice Husk Coffee Cup Review - I’ve been on the lookout for a re-usable coffee cup for a while now. I work from home so I try to get out of the house for a walk ...
picture of a Yo Bike Hiring a Bristol Yo Bike – is it cheaper than the gym? - This is about my first adventure with a Yo Bike. I do own a pushbike. It was my present to myself on my 40th birthday and it was built by ...
Is it cheaper to use dried or tinned chickpeas? It is cheaper to cook chickpeas from scratch than buy tinned -   Cooking organic chickpeas from scratch costs less per 100g than buying non organic chickpeas in a tin, unless they are on special offer, in which case you save a ...
Bee Bee Wraps and label Stop food waste beautifully and organically with BeeBee Wraps - One of the most popular posts on less-stuff is the tutorial for reusable wax food wraps. They are brilliant alternatives to cling film and super fast to make. My wax ...
ethical shopping at clarks village Ethical Fashion Shopping at Clarks Village in Somerset - What is ethical shopping? Ethical shopping can include a whole variety of things. It is very personal what matters to you. For me, I want to be sure that the ...
3 easy ways to use less plastic 3 free and easy ways to stop using so much plastic - Refil your bottle – cost £0 Your single use plastic water bottle can generally be refilled at least 10 times. If you want something sturdier on a budget I like ...
Hope Springs e cards A green and ethical alternative to sending greeting cards - Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Weddings, Births…. all these things are made nicer when we know that our loved ones are thinking of us. The traditional way is to send a greeting ...
no straw day 2018 No Straw Day June 5th 2018 - Billions of plastic straws are used once and thrown away every day, enough to fill 1000 school buses every 24 hours! Heal our World helps anyone make a difference by coordinating ...
plastic free Become plastic free the easy way with this free course - Last July I wrote about my attempts to be plastic free. It was part of a global challenge called #plasticfreejuly. I’ll be honest with you, it wasn’t easy. Although I ...
plastic free july logo Find the Perfect Plastic Free July Challenge in this Roundup - If you want to reduce the amount of plastic you use, July is the month for it. Plastic Free July started 6 years ago in Perth and has spread across ...
Fridge audit form Plastic Free July 2018 – Day 1 – Plastic Audit #pfjuk -  I’m totally unprepared! I’ve been so busy writing the Sustainable Summer book and the free Plastic Free July course with Claire from The Frugal Family that I’ve done no ...
vegetables on a market stall Sourcing Your Food in a Sustainable Way: Guest Post from Green & Growing - Sustainable agriculture is important because utilizing farming techniques that help protect our environment as well as community, animals and the public is what will help keep our current system going ...
The Introducing Box The Introducing Box, an ethical, creative subscription box. - The Introducing Box is a subscription service that sends out an interesting selection of artists work every month. They sent me June’s box to have a look at and I’m ...
in the middle of plastic free july Halfway through #PlasticFreeJuly 2018, the going is tough but there are silver linings - If I had money and time in abundance, then being plastic free would be a doddle. I’d spend lovely days sourcing ethically produced Kilner jars and pottering around zero waste ...
What happens to plastic after you throw it away? - This is a guest post by Nathalia Fisher and Luke Douglas-Home from www.clearpublicspace.org who run the worldwide campaign `#StirCrazy’. #StirCrazy says – there is no situation in which a plastic stirrer is ...
Eco Ways to Save Money – Guest post from The Money Shed - This is from Jon over at The Money Shed – The UK’s largest community website dedicated to earning money from home and he’s got some amazing knowledge about Eco ways ...
Authentic House Home box Authentic Box – Eco Friendly subscription for your home - This month Authentic House have sent me one of their subscription boxes to review. I had no idea what was going to be in it and if you watch the ...
Show Stapleton Road Some Love Solving a litter problem with compassion – “Show Stapleton Road Some Love” - I live near a very long street which has a long term problem of fly tipping and littering. Our local magazine, Up our Street called me in to do some ...