The ethos behind the new lifestyle trend is to maintain the right balance of doing what you love, while also being less wasteful and doing your bit for the planet.
It was actually Swedish furniture giant Ikea that originally came up with a three-year initiative called ‘Live Lagom‘, with the help of the University of Surrey and charity the Hubbub Foundation, which is designed to help homeowners live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Ikea gave households vouchers as part of the experiment, in order to encourage them to buy items like LED lightbulbs, which use up to 85 per cent less energy than regular ones. Issues such as food waste, recycling and water usage were also addressed.
Here are some quick tips from Ikea to be more ‘lagom’ at home:
Use a thicker duvet to avoid using over-night heating (reducing your thermostat by just one degree can cut your heating bill by 10 percent).
Switch to LED – these bulbs can last for 20 years and cut energy use by up to 85 per cent.
Do some DIY draught-proofing and get good window coverings – up to 20 per cent of heat is lost through windows and doors.
Go induction – these types of hobs transfer energy directly to the pans and cook food 60 percent faster than conventional ones.
Ditch the dishwater and get an A-rated dishwasher as these are more energy efficient, plus no more washing up!
Don’t let food go to waste – a household of two adults and two children could save up to £700 per year by avoiding this. Plastic containers are great for leftover portions, plus keep food fresh for longer.
Make the most of your 5p bags rather than stuff them in your cupboards – the average one is used for just 12 minutes but can last a century.
Spend a little time sorting your rubbish – recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
Save money by growing your own herbs, and make it easier by investing in a self-watering plant pot.
Wash your clothes at 30 degrees. If everyone in Britain did this, the country would see enough energy to power 500,000 homes.
So, while the ‘hygge’ trend was perhaps a more aspirational, seasonal concept, ‘lagom’ has more permanence – it’s an overarching way of living that is about establishing a solid work/life balance and generally making everyday life better, for both you and the planet.