Guest post by Alice from TidyHome.info
A cluttered home can lead to lots of issues, from stress to anxiety to a lack of sleep, so it’s important to make sure you keep things neat in your home. From a health perspective, it just makes sense. It takes some extra thought to do so in a way that is eco-friendly, but if you and your family are Earth-conscious, there are plenty of changes you can make to your lifestyle that will help you keep things green and clean.
There are many things to consider, from choosing the right cleaning products to figuring out how to downsize certain items in your home to make more room. Eco-friendly living often means thinking outside the box, so you might look for new ways to keep your home neat, such as going digital and putting collections into storage or into the cloud. You can also make sure big items–such as mattresses and pieces of furniture–don’t end up in a landfill by recycling or upcycling them.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to declutter in an eco-friendly way.
Most people have some big items they’d like to get rid of when they start to declutter their home. Old mattresses get switched out for new ones, electronics are upgraded, and appliances are updated. These things often won’t be accepted at donation centres, and if they’re thrown away, they’ll end up in a landfill — one of the worst contributors to global warming. This is a great reason to recycle those large items, but keep in mind mattresses often won’t be accepted as-is at recycling centres, because they’re too hard to break down. You can break it down yourself, however, and pull out the materials to recycle them separately.
Large collections of old CDs, records, and photos can be difficult to get rid of when you’re ready to downsize. Nostalgia is a huge factor, but you also just might not be sure of what to do with them all. A great way to downsize, declutter, and make room in your home is to go digital. Move music and movies to an external hard drive or look to see if they’re available on a streaming service. You can also donate physical items to a local school, shelter, or library, or sell them at a car boot sale or online. Becoming part of the second-hand economy by unloading items you no longer need or want and making them available for others to use isn’t just a great decluttering technique; it can also net you a healthy profit. Read more about taking advantage of the second-hand economy here.
Choose the right cleaning products
Going green can be a big job, especially when it comes to finding cleaning products for your home. Fortunately, there are many options out there that will keep things spotless without negatively affecting the environment. In fact, there are many things you probably already have at home that will clean just as well as store-bought products, but without the chemicals. Vinegar, hot water, and baking soda are great examples.
Keep up with rotations
Rotating spring, summer, autumn, and winter wardrobes is important, especially when you have kids, but it can lead to cluttered closets if you don’t get rid of the old items before buying new pieces for each season. Pull unwanted shoes, accessories, and pieces of clothing, and donate them to local shelters, or ask your child’s school if they have a programme to collect gently-used clothing for less fortunate children.
Decluttering your home can be a lot of work, but it’s an important part of keeping yourself and your family healthy, both physically and mentally. When you’re able to keep the process green, you’ll feel better about your role in your community, because you’ll be doing your part to keep the Earth thriving. This will boost your self-esteem and help you teach your children eco-friendly methods.
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