Minimalism and Plants with Stephanie of Sustainable Minimalist
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As plant parents, we love our green babies, but sometimes we can get carried away with our collections. With life returning to normal, we might feel like it's time to simplify our spaces and make room for new experiences. Today's episode is all about embracing the joy of living with less. We're joined by Stephanie, the host of the Sustainable Minimalism podcast, to talk about how the principles of minimalism can bring positivity and happiness into our plant parenthood journeys. So get ready to enjoy some uplifting conversation on how to create a healthy and balanced plant collection!

In this episode, we learn:

  • [03:04] Maria’s recent trip to Florida and her experience with outdoor plants
  • [05:58] How did Stephanie become a sustainable minimalist and what journey did she take to get there?
  • [08:57] How can regret and shame be used as a tool for positive change?
  • [10:23] Do you throw your stuff away, give it away, or return it?
  • [13:01] Why you should not let the “investment shame” hold you back from letting go of items that no longer serve you
  • [15:15] Where to get a variety of edible flowers that can add beauty to your garden and unique flavors to your dishes
  • [17:41] Are there any hidden signs of overwhelm people should watch out for when deciding to go minimalist?
  • [21:13] What tools can you use to resist the urge to buy something new when trying to declutter?
  • [25:01] Books and resources Stephanie recommends for those interested in minimalism!
  • [26:33] What are the first steps you should take toward decluttering?
  • [31:51] How wind chimes can be a beneficial addition to a mindfulness practice
  • [34:28] Where can you find high-quality, safe, and eco-friendly indoor and outdoor gardening products?
  • [36:13] Stephanie’s top minimalist takeaways that could inspire anyone interested in minimalism, and how it could apply to your plant collection
  • [36:56] #1 Using cost per use as a metric!
  • [38:19] #2 Space is more valuable than your belongings!
  • [38:51] #3 Memories do not reside in items!
  • [39:47] #4 Multiples of an item keep us cluttered!
  • [42:04] How do you know if it's time to celebrate getting a new plant and be more intentional about what you buy?
  • [43:07] #5 Pair your next purchase with something wonderful going on in your life!
  • [45:29] Follow Stephanie and Sustainable Minimalist!

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For a detailed list of tips and tools for your minimalism journey,

check out the full show notes and blog here!

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