Living a Lagom lifestyle

Living a Lagom lifestyle | robowecop

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.

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  • Ah such a great topic to discuss, lifestyle trends, and I’d not heard of Lagom before so thanks for the introduction. I have heard of Hygge though, just after Christmas when everyone was talking about that well-loved book I’ve been seeing everywhere. Both lagom and Hygge interest me actually, and since the New Year I’ve been developing skills such as economical living with Lagom and having cosy moments with Hygge. I don’t tend to follow trends as much as I used too, but when things become more popular, the resources and info out there become more accessible. Fab blog post! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Wow, I’d never heard of lagom before but I love it! It sounds like a really good, sensible concept and I’ll definitely be doing further reading on this. x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • I have never heard of lagom before but it sounds like a really good concept :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  • I really love this concept and I think it will become more and more applicable as energy prices increase and the worlds resources decrease. We should all do our bit here and there to reduce the amount we use, but most of all the amount we waste! Its been hand in hand with trying to save for a house, but I’ve definitely cut down on the amount I’m spending and it’s amazing to think of the things you just waste money on usually! Totally agree with Danielle below about the reusable menstrual cup – it’s literally been incredible and I’m a total convert! Alice xxx

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  • I haven’t heard about Lagom before but from what you’ve described it sounds like something I could get on board with. I’ve already been more conscious of my impact on the world in the last few years, which for me means limiting purchases to mostly necessities, eating vegan, not wasting food, not overusing resources like water and heat, using reusable menstrual products (menstrual cup and cloth pads), and buying almost exclusively used clothing. Human beings’ impact on the planet is far too damaging as it is and those are my small efforts to try to minimize my negative impact on my surroundings.

    Danielle | solongusa.blogspot.com

  • I’ve never heard of lagom before reading this post but it sounds like a perfect lifestyle. I’ve been trying to adopt a minimalist lifestyle but it’s so daunting – I just can’t seem to stop buying things and going cold turkey was an absolute nightmare. What I should be doing instead is cutting back gradually… hopefully one day I can achieve this kind of lifestyle and have just enough.

    Lizzie Bee // http://www.hellolizziebee.com

  • I’ll definitely be reading a little more into this, it sounds super interesting!

    Heather heathermcknight.com

  • Leigh-Anne

    I personally prefer Hygge as a lifestyle choice or minimalism, but it’s an interesting idea :)

  • Must have a further read into this, it sounds likes something I could do with really!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • I love the *idea* of spending more money on fewer things… But then I get distracted with something with sequins or glitter and that kind of goes out of the window… Whooops! :D

  • Sheridan Grady

    I love the sound of this, i too want to spend more time finding clothing items that i’ll get a lot of wear out of! x

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