Decrapify Tip #1 – recycle your vegGies

Here at Decrapify Me we are gardeners! As a keen gardener it has been a challenge of late to get winter seedlings from my local hardware for vegetables that my family loves to eat. Seeds too have been in short supply. After a little research I found you can ‘resprout’ your veggies from waste that would normally be chucked in the bin. Using a little ingenuity, five minutes of time and stuff I had around the house, I have avoided hardware lines, unnecessary cost and am doing the planet a favour by reducing waste. You can do it too and best of all the kids can get in and do it with with you. So here goes.


Today we are recycling celery and spring onions.

Step 1 – get your tools ready

You have all this at home 🏠

Step 2 – chop it good

Chop the celery and spring onions you purchased an inch or two from the base (see title photo). Place the spring onions in a small recycled glass jar, the celery base in an old bake dish. Cover both their roots with water, but don’t drown them or they will rot.

Step 3 – Let nature take its course

Place your bake dish and glass bottle in a sunny spot and let nature take its course. Don’t let it dry out. Within hours I noticed growth on the spring onions and within a week growth on the celery.

Step 4 – plant them out

When there is enough growth, plant them out in the garden. It’s that simple. Celery and spring onions can take up to six months to grow so be patient. But go you for trying something new, reducing your waste, and saving a few bucks too.

Like, share, comment below or email me at bianca@decrapifyme.com.au for any assistance. Until next time, I’m just a simple woman trying to make my way in the universe.

 

Decrapify your life & change your world

Having created this blog in a pre-pandemic era, I have had time to research encouraging stories of kindness happening in my community. Whether it’s helping a friend or neighbour with groceries, calling a lost friend to say hello or helping a self-isolating boomer for free, it strikes me that in a world of incessant negative media streaming that we have a large heart and are willing to do acts of kindness for goods sake.

Which raises a question? Out of a crisis what do we want our future lives to look like? Most families are in a flux – losing jobs, kids out of school, outsourcing basic life tasks with no time to sit, rest and play. This crisis has led some of us to have more time to spend with the kids and chance to appreciate laughter and a crappy game of Yahtzee! Maybe we have reacquainted with old friends, improvised cooked ‘Duck ala Banana’ as we decide to Mark Manson our lives and not give a f^%+ to face the supermarket for the third time this week. Some of us have been reminded what is it to be married – ‘oh yeah you, I remember you! That’s right I love you already!’

The big question is what or who are we on this treadmill for? Is it to keep up with the Jones’? For some of us it is all about the status of who we are trying to impress. Imagine living in a world where you didn’t have to impress anyone, be judged or feel inadequate? Imagine a world where you don’t have to compete against your friend, neighbour, colleague or sibling to be supreme? When we are members of the community as opposed to a economic cog in a economic rationalist world our worth is measured by experience and interaction rather than the stuff we shove into cupboards.

Another question to be posed – how many of us wander around stores buying stuff we don’t need on a credit card? Is it time to learn a hobby, play an instrument or take the dog for a walk? Imagine living within our means (saving some of that stimulus package) by stopping our greedy individualist and competitive ways.

One thing for certain, I have had the time to reflect on what makes me special in this world. By listening to author Hugh McKay and trying to perfect the art of belonging I hope that by advocating for others to have a simpler more grateful life, universal education and healthcare, sharing useful information (knowledge is power) or taking the time to say hello to a random stranger, my main purpose is to be connected to grateful people and experiences that make me happy.

As owner of Decrapify Me, I have decided to change direction with this blog. Originally designed to be a fee for service platform, I have been inspired by plenty of good news stories to pay it forward and share my learnings for free. I expect I will make mistakes, not every seed with germinate, some of you will find better ways to do things and not every meal will be worthy of Masterchef!

Let’s keep the discussion going by emailing me at bianca@decrapifyme.com.au. Until till next time may some rest and recuperation be with you.

Chook BE good – four meals from one happy hen

The definition of “waste not, want not” has to be one of my favourite expressions. My darling grandfather (aptly named Bunny) inspired me as a child taking me to local butchers to pick up end of day specials. He did not spend on himself and his ability to make a dollar stretch is the stuff of legend at family dinners, but this was a man who died with no debt, ate well and took joy in the simple pleasures like spending time with family.

Keeping that spirit, and having read Matthew Evans “On Eating Meat” I decided last week to challenge our family to eat our free range chook ensuring there was no waste and that we got the best value out of our $15. Matthew Evan’s book educated me to realise that whether we are meat eaters or vegans (or somewhere between) that we will all by eating food impact the planet. How well we treat the earth, our soil and animals is going to secure our future on this tiny planet and being honest about this only but helps in that journey.

So back to Chook be Good. Pop would be proud. We got a first night was Bali Bambu Curry with with beans and tapioca, second chicken and egg fried rice, third night was chicken stock which became pumpkin/sweet potato soup and I snuck in a quick chicken cheese toastie. Finally, the frame was blended up into a moosh and added to rice and vegetables for our big doggo Jessie. No four different meals into the shopping trolley, no packaging, fresh yum food at home and all pretty quick to do. The lads were in a food coma. This is our new challenge for the year…..less in trolley/basket means more bucks for having fun!

If you have stories on how to stretch your food budget email me at bianca@decrapifyme.com.au or comment below. Until next time “I’m just a simple woman trying to make my way in the universe”.

10 REASONS TO DECRAPIFY NOW

We all know that retail therapy often makes us feel good, but afterwards feel lousy for the time, energy and money we spent on that thing we have already have but just needed another one of! I accept I am not perfect and it has taken much time to iron out my consumption cravings, but here are my top 10 tips from amazing friends and family who has entered the world of less is more. Happy reading and until next time “you can’t stop the change, any more than you can stop the sun from setting”.

Tip One – You can clear your mind

Research shows people living in a world of ciaos and stuff are more overwhelmed, stressed and limit their brains ability to process information.  Less mental work equals a calmer life.

Tip Two You’ll find stuff you never knew you had!

Cleaning up often results in finding stuff you never knew you had and stuff you have bought over and over (paintbrushes, batteries anyone?).  Maybe you have a practical use for the item, or you could on-sell the item and keep the cash for something else you could really use.

Tip Three – You will save time and money

How often can we not find something we need,  go out and buy it tocome back and find it again (ugh multiple Bunnings trips).  The organising of stuff will reduce the time and money you spend chasing the same items over and over again.  According to research we spend a year of our lives looking for stuff!

Tip Four – You’ll probably lose weight!

Yes it’s true. Stressed people have higher levels of cortisol in their bodies and generally feel more tired. More energy, less time cleaning and tiding equals more time to make a healthy meal, get some exercise and be Maccalmer you.

 Tip Five – You can connect more to your friends.

Decluttering with your friends is a lot of fun and they have a stricter view of your stuff that you do!  Research also shows that people invite people more often to their homes when their homes are spaces they want to spend time in.  Best of all they can help you celebrate the new you as you embark on your declutter journey.

 Tip Six – You’ll enjoy being at home more.

A clean, organised home is one we all want to hang in.  Less money spent on going out, eating out and less pressure as we are comfortable in our homes and the skin we are in. Yay to my bestie who now loves her bedroom and spending time reading there!

Tip Seven – You can reduce housework.

An organised home usually results in 20-40% less cleaning on the average week.  Imagine what you could do with that time – read a book, spend time with a friend, watch a movie.  Maybe even have a nap on the couch! Snnnnoooooorrreeee.

 Tip Eight – You can save money on food.

Having an organised pantry or fridge means you don’t have to buy or stockpile food to watch it go off.  Reducing consumption equals less waste, less packaging, less time shopping and less impact to the environment. Annual your food shopping…..is it $15600 ($300 per week) or $13000 ($250 per week) and a trip to Bali?

Tip NIne – You’ll find money!

Literally!  You will probably find an unexpired gift voucher or two, a money box or cold hard cash laying around.  It also leads to finding valuable items no longer giving you joy that could be sold. Win win win.

Tip Ten – You can spend less time at work or get your dream job!

We buy stuff with hours of our lives.  Beyond the basics of life every item is bought with the time we spend at work.  Not buying or consuming stuff leads to less hours at work, maybe retraining for your dream job (like me!), paying less tax and best of all less stress.