When Decluttering Creates Guilt

Guilt? What about decluttering guilt??

So you’ve decided to declutter; Great!!

I’m here for you every step of the way. You’ve already created a collection of things surplus to your needs and wants in your home.

But sadly you haven’t been able to find a home for them or work out how recycle them. You are faced with an overwhelming sense of guilt as you are left with no other options but to bin those items.

Now what?

At that point its time to accept that it is going to end up in the rubbish. This is honestly the BIGGEST hurdle I have faced when it comes to decluttering myself. It took me a really long time to move past the point of refusing to throw something out that I ‘could use’ just to keep it out of landfill.

First up – We need to acknowledge that when we bring an item home we have already accepted the use of those resources. Their destination was already decided the moment they were manufactured and then sold. We as the consumer only delay this fact. One an item has passed its purpose sometimes we just have to accept this fact and instead make a conscious decision to do better next time.

You might be tempted to just keep that item – maybe you will use it.
But here is the thing. When our mental, emotional and physical state is effected by clutter we are not actually in our best state of mind. We are actually far more helpful to make change when we free up our energy, space and our mind. You need to let the guilt go and remind yourself that lifting weight off your shoulders is HOW you help your family and then your community, workplace and environment.

I want to talk about another type of guilt that you might face in this process. That guilt is money guilt… You know that thought that pops up and reminds you how much you spent on that item that you are about to sell, donate or put in the bin? Yep – that feeling of guilt that reminds you that there was once monetary value attached to that item holds you BACK from finding abundance and joy in every day life.

When we declutter we will be letting things go that once cost us money. That is fact.

We trade our time for money. That is an exchange of energy.
And then we exchange that money for goods or services. That is also an exchange of energy.

The money was gone when you made that purchase. You now get to decide whether that item still belongs in your space. Cassandra Aarssen says, ” You are not any richer because you store this item in your home, and you are not any poorer if you let it go”. I find this quote really helpful. The money is spent, the energy is exchanged. It is now up us to work on our home feeling like a refuge; not somewhere we store goods we feel guilty about passing on due to their cost (or a feeling of obligation that you SHOULD keep them – but that is another discussion on guilt for another day).

One really helpful way to move past this guilt is actually to bless others.

You can opt to sell an item and get back a portion of what you spent knowing that you are passing on an item to another person at a cost that is affordable to them. Sometimes selling things second hand actually blesses people with access to an item they could not have afforded otherwise.

The other way to bless others with our abundance is to gift it to them. If you are feeling guilt over the money you once spent on an item you might wrestle with this, but I promise that gifting people from the abundance that we have is good for both the gifter and the receiver.

If guilt is still a struggle I want to encourage you to come to join my new Membership Community. This is a topic that we will be talking about and we will talk more about overcoming this. If this sounds like a place you want to be please check out the information page

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What to Do with Decluttered Stuff?

Over the last 2 weeks I shared about how to know if you have too much stuff – and how to set up your intention so you have a focus to declutter OR clean OR Tidy.

This time I want to talk about what to DO with the stuff that you are removing from your home.

First up think about if this is an item that you want to sell or donate; or if you need to admit that it is at the end of its useful life and is now rubbish.

When deciding whether to sell or not consider the second hand value of the item. I set myself a $$ limit of what I will spend the effort on listing for sale. At the moment my absolute limit is $10-15 and I will not list anything for sale that is under that value – however this figure changes depending on where we are financially at the time.

If you have decided to sell an item my current go-to platform is Facebook Marketplace. However you can also look at specific sales groups, Gumtree, ebay and many other platforms. Take some time to Youtube how to take good photos with your phone as this will increase your success.

There are a huge number of places to send the items you have decided to donate. At this point in time most second hand stores are not accepting donations across the country so I have tried to include as many other options as possible.
Please ensure you communicate with your local facilities and find out if they can take donations right now. Here are some ideas.

Expired medicines and first aid items – first offer to Vet clinics. What medicines they don’t want can go to the pharmacy for disposal.

Stationary – community centres, after school programs, craft/art studios or schools.
Books – Buy Nothing Group, local Pop-up Library
Magazines – Buy Nothing group, nursing homes, craft groups.

Old textiles – MANRAGS, H&M, local boomerang bag group or local tradies who use rags.
New textiles – local Buy Nothing Group, Women’s Shelters or local Facebook groups. Animal shelters/rescues may be able to take blankets, towels and sheets.

Small Electrical items – Buy Nothing Group, Office works, Library, council, Aldi
Batteries and lightbulbs – local council, Aldi
White Goods, Computers etc – Buy Nothing Group, metal recycler, PlanetArk, Local Council
Metal (like broken saucepans, screw, padlocks, keys, binding, bottles etc) – metal recycler

Mugs – see if any funky cafes have a borrow a mug program you could donate to
Broken ceramics – local artist (ask on a local facebook group for any contacts who might be interested)

Tools – Mens Shed, Tool Library, Repair Café
Plants – local permaculture group

My aim is always to send our surplus somewhere it is wanted and/or useful. I don’t want to see our clutter become someone else’s clutter. So with everything that leaves our home I spend a little time searching for the right place to offer it. Next week I’ll talk more about what comes next when you CANT rehome or recycle an item.

Sometimes though you feel like you are drowning and finding the place to start still feels impossible doesn’t it? I’d like to help you find that start and share some tips to help you overcome that overwhelm you feel.

Come along at 10:30am on Wednesday 29th of July for a FREE webinar as I share 5 tips to Reduce the Overwhelm of the STUFF in your home. I’d love to have you there – just click this link to register (and you will get a copy of the replay if you can’t make it live!)

I’ve got some exciting news! Coming August 3rd I will be launching a membership that will actually end up replacing most of my existing modules and courses!!!

Over the last months, I’ve really been thinking about how important community is and how I can best serve that community. I realised I really feel called to build a like-minded community where we tackle one habit, skill or challenge at a time – together!

So in less than 2 weeks time we will get started together on our first topic and I’ll be bringing in a special guest speaker to run a workshop too. Doors will open officially on the 29th of July – but I’d like to offer early entry to my existing supporters.

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Declutter vs Tidy vs Clean?

It was about 18 months ago that I was listening to a podcast from “A Slob Comes Clean” and for the first time ever I heard someone talk about the physical difference between the actions of cleaning, tidying and decluttering. And it was like a lightbulb went off! I want to tell you a bit about what I have learnt about these activities and how to prepare mentally and physically because I think it is a really really helpful distinction.

First up – tidying. This is what most of us mothers feel like we do all the time. It’s the action of picking things up and putting them back where they belong. Depending where you are in your parenting years and in the process of managing your possession this task can feel super daunting. As much as possible get the owner involved in tidying up. For my girls this looks like reminding them to pack up with blocks when they are done. For a big family in a large house with lots of stuff – this might even look like getting a basket for each person and they are responsible for returning items to their homes from their basket. A collection point for their items per say.

Cleaning – there is a huge difference between being untidy and unclean. Cleaning is the action of physically cleaning the dirt, food, and grime off surfaces. We do this every day when we do the dishes and wipe down the bench. Getting prepared for a DEEP clean might mean you take everything off a surface so you can really get in there with your choice of cleaning products (pro tip – vinegar in water or detergent and water with a rag work really well 😉

Decluttering – when I started the journey of decluttering I’d make a good start and then without meaning to I’d find myself tidying or even just organising a space. Then I tried focusing on walking around the house hunting for things to get rid of. Essentially I was trying to tick a list off. And sooner or later I was really stuck in how to ‘find something’ to get rid of. So when you declutter your intention is to work with a space and choose what stays in that space and get rid of the rest. Try this instead of trying to pick what to get rid of. When I sent an intention to declutter I bring the recycling basket, rubbish bag and donation box close to me and I actually sort items into those destinations as I go.

Unfortunately; while cleaning and tidying when generally make an area look better sometimes decluttering gets worse before it looks better as you will have likely started pulling things out of the nooks and crannies where they were carefully stored. Know that it is OK!

Each day set aside 15 minutes to work on your home and set your intention about what your focus is. If your goal is to remove some of the clutter make sure your intention is to sort through possessions into what is staying and what is going.

I’ve got some exciting news! Coming August 3rd I will be launching a membership that will actually end up replacing most of my existing modules and courses!!!

Over the last months, I’ve really been thinking about how important community is and how I can best serve that community. I realised I really feel called to build a like-minded community where we tackle one habit, skill or challenge at a time – together!

So in less than 2 weeks time we will get started together on our first topic and I’ll be bringing in a special guest speaker to run a workshop too. Doors will open officially on the 29th of July – but I’d like to offer early entry to my existing supporters.

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How to know if you have too much stuff?

If you have followed me for any length of time you know that I absolutely do not subscribe to the thinking that you need bare walls, perfectly styled furniture or to know exactly the amount of items you own. I mean, I think it’s cool that some people CAN create a numbered list of what they own, but that is not what I am about. I don’t think there are any rules for minimalism. And I believe that the second you look to someone else to decide for you how many of any particular item you can own and still be a minimalist is the moment that you stop your journey of discovering what truly brings value, joy, and purpose to your life.

So I’m not here to tell you that you have too much stuff. Or that you can only own 20 DVDs. Or that the kids dressups have to fit in a tote. Or that your books must fit on one shelf. None of that.

I’d like to describe the moment I knew for sure that we had TOO MUCH STUFF – and the moment I decided to start the process of changing that.

Do you know that scene in Star Wars: A New Hope when Luke, Hans and Leia fling themselves down the shoot and end up in the trash compactor. As they stand there the walls begin to move and the room begins to close in around them. THAT scene is what it felt like when I walked into the front door of my house. It was like the very walls started to close in and the weight of my entire home settled on my shoulders. In those days I was a new-ish mum to an 18 month old and I felt like I spent my entire day cleaning and putting things away. Then when I had finally got the house clean I turned around to realise I was terribly behind in washing or everyone was hangry because I hadn’t got to dinner.

That was when I knew we had way too much stuff and I needed to do something about it.

If your home leaves you feeling stressed rather than able to ‘de-stress’; if it leaves you feeling exhausted instead of inspired; or if things are never away because they don’t have homes – then I’m going to go out on a limb and say you probably have too much stuff.

There is a lot of space between having bare basics and holding onto every single item we have ever owned. And its in that space that we find room to learn what we need (and want) to be happy, content, inspired and abundant in out lives.

I don’t count how many possessions we have or have rules about how many books we can own or what sort of aesthetic our home should be styled as. My goal is to create a home that leaves me feeling calm enough that I am inspired to create magic!

If that is your goal to I’d like to share some tips with you. Come along at 10:30am on Wednesday 29th of July as I share 5 tips to Reduce the Overwhelm of the STUFF in your home. I’d love to have you there – just click this link to register (and you will get a copy of the replay if you can’t make it live!)

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3 Top Tips to Kick off Your Intentional Living goals

Here at MecoBlue Tiny Living, I believe that ‘Tiny Living’ is about more than your physical home. It’s a whole meld of concepts that culminate in a lifestyle that is intentional and kind on the Earth. Learning to live with intention can be a big transition for people! So here are my top tips to get you started!

1. Get a Calendar!

Being intentional with your time means knowing what’s going on so you know when your weeks are just too full and so that you don’t double book yourself! Your choice whether this is a digital calendar, a wall calendar or a notebook/journal. Or maybe you want a combination of them! Whatever you pick start charting out the appointments and the non negotiables for you. Put in the appointments, activities and the family outings. You can even use this as a place to make notes of meals that work with the time you have available on each night. Be willing to tweak this system as you learn what works for you and what doesn’t.

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2. Learn to say No.

Ok this is one I’m still working on myself. But – living intentionally means saying no to things that do not fit with your goals, values and your availability (be it time, money or space). Say no to the junky promo pens. Say no to the shift swap that means you miss out on the family outing you had planned. Say no to the BBQ that you don’t want to go to because that group of people make you feel yuck. Say no to following people on social media that make you feel less than. Say no to doing something that your heart and soul are screaming no to because you know its not a good fit. Say no to the food that you know make your insides roll over themselves. Say no to the things that do not fit with your values, passions, goals and resources.

3. Get hydrated!

This seems odd to put on an intentional living list right? But the reality is you will be at your best mentally, physically and emotionally when you are hydrated. The impact of being even a little dehydrated on your body is quit incredible. When you get your water up you will be less likely to reach for junk, you will be calmer, happier and more productive! You will find that everything starts slipping into place and you will make better decisions when you are functioning better!

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This list is by no means exhaustive – these are things and habits you can start work on over the weekend to help kickstart your Intentional Living lifestyle. I’d love to see what you set up and hear what impact this made for you!

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Why We Have Moved Out of Our Tiny House on Wheels…

Sometimes in life, we have plans and grand ideas of how things are going to go. Having dreams, goals and visions are SO important. Working towards your calling is a huge part of what I am all about!

So why are we moving out of our Tiny House when it is something we worked so hard for?  We quite literally shed blood (ask Jeremy about drilling his thumb to the house), sweat and tears over this dream.

To put it simply – we are taking some time out while we work out where we want to go next as a family. See our big end goal had been to have a property and aim for self-sufficiency.  However over the last 2 years, we have realized that we aren’t actually sure we want to care for so much land, and if I’m honest I don’t know either of us want to (or can) put down enough other plates to make tending to a property viable.

The long story though is that in October we had an accident when our Landcruiser rolled down the hill and crashed into our Tiny House, crashing through the verandah supports and causing damage to the passenger side stud frame. Thankfully no one was hurt! My mum made room for us in their house while we spent the next 2 months waiting for a decision from the insurance company. Part of the complication was that we had elevated our Tiny up on piers to level it as the site was sloped – and added the deck. And for some silly reason, it had completely slipped our minds to let the insurance company know about these changes. This made the process quite complicated as they made their assessments as they weren’t impressed with the fact it was on piers and considered the deck a modification to the structure.

At the end of the day, they agreed to pay out the damage and allow us to organise repair work ourselves.

There is more to the story though. We had chosen to live in our Tiny House under the radar – that is without going through the process of getting approvals for permanent occupation given that we had a mobile dwelling and no plans to stay permanently. Our accident though prompted movement and it was time to make it all official with Council.

Council were quite happy to work with us actually and set out a plan for what permits to apply for (I’ll write a separate blog on this and layout the options we were given). This is really exciting to know and have had this conversation with them about! We were so keen to be able to take a stand in this movement and work with Council on formal approvals! But as we got further through the inquiries we realized the property had a bunch of extra overlays on it which each required their own permits and paperwork. The most unknown of these overlays was the Bushfire Management Overlay as we found enough information to realize we would likely have to comply with a very high rating and couldn’t be sure how our structure would meet those codes without spending large amounts of money on Planning and Engineering reports.

If we were on our own land 100% would I invest the money into getting approvals and meeting the various codes and requirements. However as our estimation of the process began to grow we realised we needed to take some time to think about what we wanted to do next before jumping in and investing money on approvals while on someone else’s land – especially when our goals are shifting a bit.

So, we decided to take a step back from our Tiny House for a while and rent somewhere for a short time while we take time finish the repairs and get the jobs inside the house that were never fully finished done! We aren’t sure what will be our next step. Perhaps we will relocate our Tiny and spend more time as a family in there. Maybe we will buy land just big enough to take it with us and have it as a BnB. Maybe we will rent it out or sell it! We don’t really know. Right now we are just taking time to re-align with where we want to go as a family and dig into what that looks like in the process of getting there.

We have lived in our Tiny House for 2 years with 2 small kids and I was not ready to step out yet. I’ve genuinely loved our home and the pride of knowing we bought it to life. The mess and the noise with kids could at times be overwhelming – but it never made me regret our decision to live Tiny. So right now I am grieving a bit to be living out of our home. But I’m also excited to spend the next months with eyes wide open to possibilities. Actively digging down into our hopes and dreams. Listening for the inspiration for what we choose to do next as a family.

We know Living Tiny is not for everyone. We know people live Tiny for different reasons and for different lengths of time. We know it’s a lifestyle of less resources, less stuff, less space and more freedom. We know people live Tiny in villages, parks, on grid, off grid, with permits and without permits. We know Tiny Houses offer a solution for housing availability, affordability and accessibility. And we know Tiny Houses do have a future. I’m really excited to see where we go next.

My message has been since the beginning (almost) that Tiny Living is not just about the Tiny House. It’s about your choice to live intentionally. To minimise, choose sustainability, say no to consumerism and forge your own definition of what you want life to be.

My message stays the same. I will keep talking about the good and the ugly of Tiny Houses in all their forms. I will keep talking about Low Waste Living, minimalism, decluttering, urban gardening and sustainability. I will be talking about Homeschooling and teaching kids about LIFE. I will also be talking more about how Tiny Living looks in a normal house. These last 4 years as we researched, built and then lived in our Tiny House have taught me so much! Now I get to document and share how this whole philosophy of Tiny Living looks in the process of moving towards your visions. I am so glad you are on this journey with me, thanks for being here.

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Clutter: A Quick Tidy Tip for Clearer Space and A Healthier You

Are you feeling a little like the week has got a bit of a jump start on you and the clutter in your area makes you feel overwhelmed?

Don’t worry! We ALL know that feeling!!

I find a really good step is to do a really quick tidy and remove anything obviously unwanted/unloved.

It’s amazing the difference a clearer space makes to you mentally, emotionally and actually physically too.Set a timer for 15 minutes.
Yep – just 15 minutes.

Now pick up

  • any rubbish into a bag
  • recycling into a pile/box (including any sales catalogues that have collected in dark corners)
  • clothes into the laundry or clean clothes pile
  • stack any dirty dishes
  • anything into the Op shop box that can add someone else value, now that you are done. This might be clothes that don’t fit, toys the kids have grown beyond, decor that clutters your space, duplicates of an item or things you have been given that won’t serve a purpose for you.

You will be AMAZED how 10-15 minutes can make a huge transformation! You have removed the easy clutter and done something to make yourself feel productive!

tiny homes and tidying up clutter

I find this is especially important in the Tiny House as small spaces can get overwhelmed quickly. Also, DESPITE being very intentional with what comes into the house it seems with a young family coming and going it’s especially important to do a speed clean of surface clutter often. Our house physically cannot get as wild as a full-size house as we have less stuff and less space – but it’s far more obvious when things are out of place.

I did this today and added to my Op shop pile a few shirts I was given that don’t work for me, some baby toys, a plastic container and a kitchen utensil I’ve not used in 6 months.

clutter and tiny living

All things that don’t bring me joy and don’t fill a need for me – but could still benefit someone else.

Do you make use of small bursts of productivity where you feel the motivation of beating a timer? Its a great strategy for a broad number of applications

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The Biggest DIFFERENCE About Parenting in a Tiny House

Over the last few weeks while we have been housesitting in a ‘normal’ house I’ve been reflecting on the ways that our parenting style has been formed by the dynamics of our Tiny House on Wheels. For the most part its no different.

I’m still a SAHM, I’m still striving for the same parenting goals, I’m still making meals 3 times a day, picking up mess (or helping kids clean up their mess) and using outside as much as possible. Having a family in a Tiny House. 

However I realised that living in a THOW has changed some aspects of parenting. The number 1 thing that has stuck out to me as a mum of small kids is the nighttime routine.  

I strive to parent gently and respectfully using communication as a vital tool. I am NOT an expert in this and get cross more than I like – its something I’m working on. Reprogramming my own responses and filling my toolbox sith helpful tools so to speak. Bedtime has always been the time that I have needed to pull out those tools more than any other time.  

In an ideal situation we communicate about bedtime being soon, give age appropriate tasks and then do story (or ‘How is X made’ video is my 5 year olds current thing with Daddy bear). The line I used to pull out when needed was ‘Hey Lydia/Abi, you seem to be having a hard time getting into bed right now. I’m going to pick you up and put you in bed’. I have to tell you though that is NOT even remotely possible to pick them up and carry them back into bed when you are in a loft bedroom!  

We love the crawlway/walkway between the lofts. It provides safe access between the bedrooms for the kids, removes the need for a second set of stairs or a ladder and also added a lot of structural rigidity to our home. However, once again, its impossible to carry a child through that space who doesn’t want to do bedtime. You may laugh at the image of my frustration, its funny in hindsight. However, it has certainly changed the way we parent at bedtime and required building a lot more co-operation in our relationship to reduce everyone getting cross!  

It doesn’t always work of course. But the biggest tools we use to encourage co-operation is to keep communication very OPEN and allow miss 5 to make as many decisions so she claims that time for herself. We discuss at dinner time what’s left for the rest of the day (eg ‘Ok once you are done eating you can wash up and play for 15more minutes, then its time to get ready for bed ok’.) I give verbal reminders of how much time is left and then once its bedtime we encourage Lydia to pick which PJs she wants to wear, whether she wants a story with Mummy or 3min video with Daddy, and which doll or teddy she wants to cuddle.  

There is another way living in a THOW on Wheels has changed the way we would parent at night time too! Lydia Co-slept with us until about 2 and then moved to her own bed. Our bedroom size/shape and the crawlway between the rooms again adds a new dynamic to being able to transfer a sleeping toddler! I’m still working this one out and hoping to use the time in a normal house to my advantage here!  

For the most part Tiny Living has embraced and enhanced our values, ethos, parenting style and goals. I am so glad we did it and I definitely am not looking to reverse that decision! Its allowed us to grow, become intentional and move towards our goals. It is interesting though seeing which parts of our life and parenting have had to change to adapt to Tiny Living.  

Tiny Living offers solutions to financial difficulties of the housing market, better use of land and resources, flexibility and a desire to live simply. You gotta sit and ask yourself what you want life to look like and how your THOW needs to be built for that.

Check out my Why Tiny Planning Bundle HERE to start getting some clarity on what Tiny Living could look like for your future!  

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How to reduce your waste on a budget

Did you partake in Plastic free July recently? Reducing waste is becoming more widely embrace. People are starting to really SEE the mess and be proactive to reduce waste. It truly warms my heart.  

But with popularity comes nice, shiny ‘zero waste’ objects popping up in your advertisements. Don’t get me wrong – there are some fantastic products on the market and I own a few favourite items myself. BUT – there is absolutely no need to spend money on stuff in order to swap to lower waste options!  

Look closely at what is in your home and recycling bin. There are so many ways to reuse before you go and buy. 

In my Tiny House on Wheels space is at a premium. Most of the time items are multifunctional. 

jars - low waste on a budget

 One large jar is my most used one and it has held a Christmas gift of granola, leftovers, water kefir and strawberry switchel amongst so many other things. Other jars have been vases, snack boxes, coffee cups, drinking glasses, measuring cups, dressing shakers, milk bottles and more. I keep also an empty jar in my bag with silicon bands on it for takeaway coffee or for bringing home leftover food even. 

Other things you might have around your house that you could use might be free cloth ‘showbags’ or water bottles from events, spare cutlery you could throw in your backpack for eating out, icecream or yogurt containers that could become your scrap bucket or even empty food packets that you could use to store bits in your freezer!  

– why not grab a small package (think bread bag sort of size) and stuff all the other clean soft plastics in there to take to soft plastic recycling! 

While fancy lunchboxes, water bottles, ZW shopping bags and travel cutlery are all pretty cool the reality is most of us have items around our house that could serve the same purpose without having to spend money or claim new resources for manufacturing. 

Learning to be intentional, minimalist and eco friendly doesn’t mean getting rid of everything and starting with for purpose buys. It starts with looking around you and what you have – identifying what holds value and what you can use smartly x 

P.S. I don’t mean become a clutter bug and keep everything single thing because it might have use! Be intentional about what your needs are and what you can realistically reuse for those needs. The Decluttering and Minimalism module of Talking Tiny delves into the flip side of this concept – how to declutter and deal with ‘waste guilt’.

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Low Waste Road Trip – WITH KIDS!

If you follow my social media and/or my emails you would have seen that we recently went on a bit of a road trip! With 2 small kids sitting in the car for a number of days I knew I wanted to find things to keep them entertained without creating too much waste, mess or clutter!  

So here are my top ideas for a family roadtrip!  

  • Secondhand Books! I found a local secondhand store that sold 5 kids books for $2! Honestly they looked brand new. The 2 sticker books didn’t even have any missing stickers (despite a name in the front cover). So I grabbed 10 books with enough variety for both kids. At the end we can donate any books we don’t need/want 

Cost – $4 

  • Audio! I’m a big fan of audiobooks and podcasts! Absolutely no affiliation here – I’ll just link my favourites!  

Cost – Free! (Or $12 if you include the Spotify membership to download offline)  

  • The Musical Story of Peter Pan (Note – My mum listened to this on record as a toddler and its ALWAYS been a family favourite!)  
  • ABC Listen App! (This has great options for grooving at home and for listening in the car) 
  • Audible (There is SO much to choose from! My girls love the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Playschool and Winnie the Pooh among others) 
Low Waste Road Trip – WITH KIDS!
  • Music – whatever you all fancy! If you are a Spotify family the Toddler Tunes playlist and the Disney Movie Soundtracks are a hit here!)  
  • Mini Craft Kits! I pulled together a selection of bits from home and from the office supplies place that were car friendly. I got them each a blank notebook from the clearance shelf, a roll of washi tape, a glue stick and some crayons to share. From home I grabbed 2 little pencil cases and some scraps of tissue paper for them to stick. It wasn’t completely zero waste – but it was low waste and fun! Cost – $14 
  • Finger entertainment! I gathered some felt finger puppets I had made previously for the 2 year old to play with and turned a small mind tin in to a mini ‘dolls house’ for some little peg dolls to live in! I even used some old magazine images to put wallpaper in the house. All items were things I had around the house already but are fast projects to make if you plan ahead. The finger puppets I made ahead of a flight 3 years ago and are still a favourite for in my bag or travel!  
  • Snacks! Ever the hero with cranky kids! We took some time to get to our bulkfoods shop and buy some travel-friendly snacks. Dried fruit and some chickpea puffs were on the girls’ list. We also grabbed a box of glutenfree cocoa puffs which is always a special treat and they love it dry! The day before we left I roasted up 2 trays of sweet potato and made some biscuits. Again – low waste not totally zero waste and easy to adapt as needed.  
Low Waste Road Trip – WITH KIDS!

Cost – Approx $15 plus ingredients from the pantry  

All up, we were on the road for 4 days plus a day (and 2 nights) at the campsite. I packed all entertainment and snacks into a box and just got out a few things each day!

This meant on the last day of the road trip I still had a few aces up my sleeve 😉  

7 Day Tiny Living Workshop - Meco Blue
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