INSPIRATION: Swedish Minimalist – ‘Lagom’

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For years I have tried to pin-point my style, to identify my own work as a particular style, and today I figured it out. – Swedish Minimalist. For some reason I had not discovered that until now. It close to perfectly reflects my style – both in aesthetics and culture. I love the restrained décor, their use of light and natural materials, their respect for the environment, their healthy lifestyles and their strong sense of equality – to name a few.

This minimalistic Swedish style can be summed up in one word: Lagom. Widely translated it means “suitable” and “reasonable”, “fitting” and “in balance”, “Perfectly-Simple”. It’s about finding a perfect balance. Eliminating all clutter in your life, understanding quality over quantity, equality, and respecting our limited resources. 

The concept of Lagom can positively change your life when you start to incorporate it into your way of living. Below are some ways which I believe are important to maintaining a balanced, orderly lifestyle in following Lagom:

Ways of incorporating Lagom into your life!..

* Resist the “too much” of hoarding. As minimalists, we should all be doing this anyway—but even if you’ve found the “perfect” t-shirt or pair of black pants, don’t stock up on half a dozen when one or two will do.

* Resist the “too little” of extremism. Sure, the siren call of 100-item minimalism, or living out of a backpack, can be quite strong; but if it’s not appropriate for your lifestyle or family at this time, it’s not lagom.

* Embrace equality. Our planet’s population is growing, and its resources are limited. When we over-consume, we take more than our fair share—leaving less for other people, and future generations. By limiting our personal consumption (or donating some of our excess wealth or possessions) we can better ensure there’s enough to go around for others.

* Embrace enough. Whether it’s food, wine, hobbies, or material possessions, don’t overindulge. In fact, we tend to savor and appreciate things more when quantities are limited.

 

Jay, F. (2014). Ways of incorporating Lagom into your life! Retrieved on April, 14, 2014 from
http://www.missminimalist.com/2012/11/lagom/

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