here's me in total:
1. this is what i loved--
A. i love the scandinavian, hard-core lots-of-white decorating style. if i had my way, and eventually i will (lol), i would basically be in an all-white place. so from that perspective, i *loved* her home. i love white walls with white floors (or really, a sort of pickled look on wood) and white furnishings.
B. i only have once piece of artwork that i find truly compelling emotionally -- and it was a gift from a client. it's a gorgeous blank and white photograph she took at a temple in Nepal when hiking the himalayas. my photographs and stuff are generally online and i prefer it that way. i like to "flip through" my albums. I make paper ones for family members (made online, printed, and delivered to them). but, i prefer to have my photos online and don't have them around the house.
C. books -- we have about 23 boxes of favorites, and a fair few here with us (probably about 30 in all), and so i can't say much. i would prefer to either 1. have them behind doors (in a bookcase) or 2. have them all in matching dust jackets to minimize impact. but, i just have them. LOL ah well.
we are also library users. it's a great way to get fun books without the expense. we read a lot.
D. food -- this part isn't hard. if you buy bulk and have your own bags, it's easy. for spices, we take our own spice jars with us. we use a lot of wet mustard, so we save those jars and clean them and take them to the shop and put the spices directly in there (having weighed the jar and lid first). the shop does not mind. all of our jars match because we use so much mustard. i use it in just about everything. LOL
our dairy comes direct from the farm, so it comes in plastic, but we are supposed to give the containers back for washing and reuse. we have asked them to switch to glass, but no luck yet. :) our dairy in the US used glass. :D we get milk and yogurt there.
our meat comes direct from farm and is shipped in plastic. it sucks, but there it is. we found a decent butcher near us (cost wise and location) who would put our meat into our own bags/containers, but his grass-fed meat is very limited. so, we do what we can.
we don't eat a lot of cheese, but we can get what we do eat cut for us at the shop and put into our own containers. so, when we get cheese we do this.
E. toothbrushes -- i haven't actually found a viable alternative to conventional toothbrushes *except* to use a wash cloth. a friend of mine makes these wash-cloth finger puppet-like things for her family. she washes them by boiling in hot water with vinegar, and then rinsing and line drying. you use one per day, and she washes them all once a week. assuming you source your fabric, it could be a viable option.
i think between that and oil pulling (which can replace flossing), one could be covered.
but, i still use a toothbrush. i'm thinking of moving to the cloth, though.
F. clothing -- she has a lot more clothing than i do, and her children too. I have one set of PJs and so does my husband; my son has two. we do fine. my son has a lot of clothing because my parents and ils can't always contain themselves. my son doesn't get sick often, but i also have no problem with him sleeping in a "daytime" shirt and pants/shorts if he needs to.
G. bathroom -- very similar. we don't have any normal OTC medications. We have a small amount of homeopathics (i think, 3) for cold/flu season, plus our oils and ointments (calendula oil, etc), and our toothpaste and such.
moving toward family cloth, so that should square away the toilet paper issue. individual rolls wrapped in paper are easy to come by, but more expensive per roll. nevertheless, moving to family cloth means less paper, so. . .
H. our netflix here doesn't have any waste. we reuse envelopes here. it's cool. one envelope gets used twice: once to get the thing to us, and then once to get it back to them. sweet deal. (it's fatso, btw, not netflix, and no, it doesn't download).
oh yeah, wooly pockets. that's how she got that fun wall. they are actually quite affordable, and after looking at them more closely, DH and I are considering 3 for our kitchen wall (wally) to grow herbs, plus one for the floor (meadow) to grow some veggies (tomatoes mostly). our kitchen is very sunny.