Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for embracing voluntary simplicity. It’s truly been a gift and an awakening! It’s made our family’s household chores effortless, it has naturally eliminated toxic products from our routines, it saves a lot of money, but best of all: It saves a lot of time!
At the core of it, was the decluttering work that I have covered before. But a lot of my family’s minimalism also lies on adopting products that are multi-functional throughout the house.
Considering that the average American spends an estimated $2000 annually just on hygiene products, I am happy to share with you how economical, multi-functionality can be in the bathroom alone.
I fill this little jar with organic, bulk cocoa powder, once a year. It costs 72 cents and I use it as:
Mixed with water as an antacid for guests (our family does not suffer from heartburn)
Three, simple, natural products, purchased in bulk/unpackaged have eliminated 15 packaged, toxic ones. No longer buying them evidently saves money, but the time savings are incredible since I no longer have to:
Drive to the store to buy each one of them
Load them in the car
Unload them from the car
Take them up 51 steps to our bathroom
Stack them in a cupboard
Throw the empty containers in a bathroom recycling can
Take that bathroom recycling can down 51 steps to the curb
Empty it into the curbside recycling cart
Walk back up the 51 steps
Start over again