This post was written in collaboration with Contact Numbers UK
Hands up if you’ve heard about the new “lifestyle trend”, lagom?
Hands up if you’re a little bit sick of “lifestyle trends”?
I think it’s the word “trend” that just irritates me in general. Why do they have to be “trendy”? They’re usually a genuine way of life for some, occasional habits for others so why jump on them like they’re a trend? If the idea of them appeals to you, do them. If it doesn’t, don’t.
Anyway, back to the point, today I’m here to talk to you about lagom. I’m one of the people who have only just heard about it but to be honest, I really love the concept.
For those that are aware of the recent “trend” of hygge, lagom is very different. The best thing about hygge is it’s about creating little moments of bliss, whereas lagom is an actual way of living that should be a constant presence in your life. Lagom is all about having a healthy balance with the world around us, without the need to make extreme changes and without denying ourselves anything. It’s about not ever having too much, not ever having too little but always having just enough.
Contact Numbers UK have a vast directory of customer service contact numbers that cover a variety of different industries. They’re basically like a giant, online phone book for customer service contacts and one of the contact numbers in their directory is IKEA, who have recently released a Lagom range promoting the way of life. They’ve also got some really interesting things on their website, informing people how they can have a better balance with the planet and within themselves.
When they asked me if I’d like to talk about lagom, I looked into what it was all about and really fell for the concept. We live in a very materialistic, consumer driven world and although I really do like owning all my “stuff”, it’s nice to properly think about how much of it I genuinely need and how my life could be more balanced.
IKEA are using lagom to try and encourage people to live more sustainably, to be aware of their impact on the world. From what I’ve read, lagom can be implemented in any area of your life – from the portion sizes of your food to the hours you work, from the amount of products you buy to the how much energy your house uses. It’s about having and doing just enough. And this is why it’s so appealing to me – I feel like with anything like this, the best way to incorporate it into your life is to fit it into your lifestyle and make it work around your own life.
Don’t own much stuff but consistently have lots of food waste? Cut down on your portions. Have a balanced work life but consistently spend lots of money on things you never use? Cut down on your spending and have a big ol’ clear out.
We live in a time where people are pushing minimalism to the extreme whilst other’s are arguing for how much stuff they own, saying it’s their prerogative to do so. It feels like striking a balance between the two is an absolute no-brainer because yes, excessive spending and waste isn’t a good way to live but extreme minimalism is incredibly unrealistic for most people.
If you want to read up on lagom, I definitely would. It’s made me think about the way I live and how I want to make some changes. Obviously because we currently live with Joe’s parents, for me it will be less about food portions and energy bills, but more about watching what I spend, how long I work and a general life balance.
For example, I want to start spending a little bit more money on the clothes I wear, but buy less of them with the aim everything I buy will be worn regularly and last a long time. I want to stick to a 9-5 working schedule, rather than working late into the night. I want to spend less money on things I don’t need, only buying things I know I’ll love and use regularly. I already embrace mindfulness in a lot of areas of my life so I feel like this will fit hand-in-hand. It’s left me feeling pretty damn inspired, tbh.
*This post was written in collaboration with Contact Numbers UK. All words and opinions are 100% my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.