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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
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!
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
Are you holding onto items that no longer bring you joy or serve a purpose in your life? Maybe you’ve invested a lot of money into them and the thought of letting go feels like a waste. But, as Stephanie points out, the sunk cost fallacy is not a reason to hold onto items that are no longer serving you.
Whether it’s plants, clothes, or household items, there’s no need to let the investment shame hold you back. Instead, why not gift those plants to someone who would love them, or sell those quality gardening tools to someone who will put them to good use? You may not recoup the money you spent, but you will gain the freedom and space that comes with decluttering your life.
And if you’re struggling with plant death, remember that every experience is a valuable lesson, plant friends. Maybe it’s time to learn how to downsize your plant collection or how to better care for the ones you have. Whatever the lesson may be, it’s worth the investment in yourself.
So don’t let lost money hold you back. Embrace the freedom that comes with letting go and make space for the things that bring you joy and purpose in this season of life!
Living a maximalist lifestyle can lead to overwhelm! Stephanie shares how maximalism can affect our collections and hobbies, like house plants. She suggests that when collections become too large, it’s challenging to enjoy each item individually. Similarly, hobbies like plant parenting can lead to stress and an inability to enjoy the activity.
My book offers a fantastic tool for those looking to create a unique experience with their house plants. My “pick a plant of the month” practice encourages people to cultivate a deeper connection with their plants and maintain a minimalist approach to their collections.
By focusing on what brings joy and creating unique experiences, you can avoid being overwhelmed. If you’re interested in learning more about my book, be sure to check it out!
Let’s explore 5 minimalism tips that can be applied to your plant collection. These will help you become more intentional and mindful about the way you consume and live, while still celebrating your love for plants!
If you struggle with impulse purchases, there are tools that can help. Try putting up barriers to purchasing, like taking a deep breath, leaving the store, or waiting a day before deciding. Inserting a pause between seeing something you like and buying it can be very powerful.
For plant lovers, consider taking a “plant pause” to focus on caring for the plants you already have. Use this time to invest in better pots or plant stands to create a beautiful green space in your home.
Making mindful choices that bring you long-term joy and happiness is the goal. So next time you’re tempted to make an impulse purchase, try using these tools to make a more thoughtful decision!
Let’s face it, clutter can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to our beloved plant collections. With a few simple steps, you can declutter your space and feel a sense of relief and rejuvenation. Here are some tips to get you started:
And remember, decluttering can be a cathartic process that not only gives you a sense of accomplishment but also helps you make space for new things and experiences. So don’t be afraid to let go and start fresh!
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