Whenever you mention organic living to most people, the image it conjures up in their minds is of hippie-like existence without electricity, plumbing, and all the little modern amenities that a lot of us have come to consider the most basic necessities. There’s some truth in the assumptions, but it’s an exaggerated extreme. You don’t have to sell your house, move out of the city, and live off the grid’, to enjoy the benefits of an organic way of life. Whether you’re looking to live a bit healthier by eliminating the chemicals modern living bombards us with, looking to somewhat reduce your impact on the environment, or are simply keeping up with the latest lifestyle trends, living more organically presents you with a plethora of benefits. Read on for some tips on how to start living an organic lifestyle.

Baby steps

Making the decision seems like a daunting proposition for most for the simple reason that they anticipate making a drastic overhaul of the lifestyle they’ve grown used to. The trick to making a smooth, painless transition to the organic lifestyle is by starting with the small things and then building gradually on every little step. It might be something just as simple as passing by the farmers market to pick up some organically grown vegetables and fruit, growing a few potted herbs on your kitchen windowsill, or making your own soap. The idea is to get yourself in the mindset of organic living in ways that don’t jolt your current lifestyle. Take it a day at a time and you’ll get there sooner than you think.

Organic doesn’t mean expensive

One of the biggest fears for those considering the organic lifestyle is the thought that it will be a lot more expensive to manage than their current way of life. In some cases, it might be, but with a little knowledge and know-how, the organic lifestyle on a budget can be yours. Consider some of these little tricks to keep your costs down:

· The cost of chemical cleaners can be greatly mitigated by making your own cleaning supplies. Many home cleaning supplies can be made using ingredients you’ll find right in your home at a fraction of the cost.

· Do your organic grocery shopping during the growing season because they will be going for a lot less than they do during the off season. Buy in bulk and refrigerate to enjoy the healthy freshness all year round.

· Buy bars of organic bath soap and when they begin to wear down, save the little scraps in order to convert them into liquid hand soap to further cut costs.

· Buy organic clothing that suit your style and that you’re confident won’t be going out of style son. Organic clothing will usually last you a whole lot longer than chemically infused textiles, so you’ll end up getting a lot more value for your money.

· Should you have a bit of gardening space, growing a bit of your own foo is a fantastic way of ensuring they are fresh and chemical-free. Moreover, gardening is immensely rewarding as well as being a very effective stress reliever.

The thing to keep in mind when making the choice to start living an organic lifestyle is that every change you make, small as it may be, will ultimately contribute to increasing the quality of your life. Take your time with it, and it can be immensely rewarding.