We’re completely fascinated by Lagom (pronounced "lar-gohm"), the Swedish philosophy that means "Not too little. Not too much. Just right."
Don’t panic! Hygge hasn’t been eclipsed by a new trend (phew! It’s autumn, so we are all about the cosiness and comfort). But Lagom is all about finding a balance and fulfilment through more conscious and better choices - and that’s what our #20DaysToBetterWays campaign is all about.
Lagom could be making sure you have enough time for your family and your personal life around your work. Or being considerate of others in the community so that we share resources better. Or it could be making conscious choices so that we avoid over-spending and have an awareness of our impact on the environment.
If you’re thinking, “lovely, but how on earth do I fit that in around everything else?” We get it.
With so many of us trying to make sense of the current uncertainty (and the extra stress and worry it brings), we believe that embracing Lagom is about small, simple, every day changes we can make to feel like we’re making better and more balanced choices.
So, we’ve spoken to TV & Radio presenter Angela Scanlon about some ideas for bringing some Lagom into your life...
TV & Radio presenter, and Gumtree user, Angela Scanlon:
"This year many people will be looking ahead to Christmas and feeling like honestly they want to just get it over with and get into 2021 ASAP. I get it, 2020 has seen all our lives and plans turned upside down, but it’s also allowed us to slow down a bit and think about our choices.
“Millions of people, myself included, have embraced more environmentally-friendly ways of living, so I’ve been trying lots of the suggestions from the Gumtree #20DaysToBetterWays campaign:
“They say tidy house, tidy mind - you do not want to see inside my head right now BUT I do know that unleashing your inner Marie Kondo and doing some hard-core decluttering is good for more than just your wardrobe. It can help create a feeling of calm and can act as a pretty stark reminder at just how much unnecessary stuff we accumulate. Whether you give to your sister, donate or sell on, you’re contributing to the circular economy and extending the lifespan of an item so that it doesn’t end up in landfill. This is a great way to bring balance and reduce environmental impact.”
2. Keep track of your spending
“Easier said than done but being disciplined and only buying items you really need is a good way to approach it. Moderation, especially at this time of year, can be tricky so agreeing a budget for Christmas gifts with friends and family is ideal. Competitive present-buying isn't cute! Consider buying second-hand for this year’s gifts; wrap in brown paper and twine to keep it chic. You'll save a few quid and reduce your carbon footprint.”
3. Disconnect – slow down, take time out
“Finding time to connect a little more with ourselves and our families is such an important part of balance. Whether it’s meditation, a weekend off social media, a quiet bath or taking a long walk with your children, there are lots of simple things that you can try to give you a bit more time to appreciate what you have.”
4. Make small changes that reduce your environmental impact
“I think it’s important to remember that we all have to start somewhere. Becoming more mindful of what and how you buy is a great start. But you can check out the Gumtree #20DaysToBetterWays challenge for other simple ideas that, if we all did them, would have a great environmental impact. As with everything, the small things are really the big things!”
#OneSmallChange #20DaysToBetterWays #GoGreen #GoGumtree