Your home is your sacred space where you go to relax and unwind, but it becomes harder and harder to do so when the clutter seems to be taking control. Rather than pile everything into a garbage bag, wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a handle on the chaos, all while helping the planet? There are several eco-friendly ways to clear the clutter out of your home, giving you not only a clean home but a sense of pride that you did your part.
Photo albums are a great way to preserve all your memories, but they take up a lot of space. Plus, chances are you have an overflowing shoebox or two filled with photos that you keep saying you’ll get around to. Well, the year is 2018, and it’s time to embrace the digital world. Scan your photos via one of the many apps available, or use a scanning service. Not only will your photos be protected from damage, but it makes them easier to share with family and friends. While you are in scanning mode, go ahead and scan important documents that are taking up space in drawers and on countertops and refrigerators.
Don’t Stockpile Mattresses
Mattresses are one of those items that are often stashed away in the basement, attic, or garage just to avoid the hassle of trying to haul them outside. However, they take up a lot of space, and there’s no need to keep a mattress that has outlived its use. Before you take it to the landfill or chunk it in a dumpster, consider other planet-friendly options. Haul it to a recycling center, or hire a hauling company to take it. Before you bid farewell, upcycle it by removing the parts you can use for cool DIY home décor such as a wine holder, vase, vertical planter, or memo board.
Put an End to the Junk Mail
According to statistics collected by the University of Southern Indiana, “The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.” While junk mail is one of those things you have grown accustomed to seeing in your mailbox, did you know you could opt out? Rather than piling up catalog after catalog and having a drawer full of unopened junk mail, use online tools such as DMAchoice.org or OptOutPrescreen.com to unsubscribe from catalogs, advertisements, and those pesky credit card offers. You can also switch your bills to electronic delivery only, especially if you pay them online anyway.
Dispose of Electronics and Appliances Properly
Once you really get in the decluttering zone, you’ll likely come across a ton of old electronics and appliances that are unused, broken, or just out of date. Perhaps you even have duplicates. No matter what the reason is for getting rid of it, most are made up of recyclable parts and may also contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment if left to break down at the landfill. Dispose of them the eco-friendly way by donating them to nonprofits, schools, or churches if they are still in good condition. Some home and electronics stores such as Best Buy and Home Depot have drop-off bins for items you wish to recycle, but you can also contact your local recycling center for information on the nearest drop-off spot.
Give Your Clean Routine a Makeover Too
Once the clutter is clear, you’ll be able give your home a green clean using eco-friendly products that you find in your home. Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon are products that don’t contain harsh chemicals, making them safe for use in your home and the environment. Plus, they can be used in all areas of your cleaning routine, including the kitchen and bathroom. If you do have to purchase cleaning products, be sure to shop around for eco-friendly options first.
Decluttering your home is a big task, but a necessary one. Go the extra mile and use eco-friendly methods to get your home organized. The planet and your home thank you.