Guest Blog from Tidy Home: Five Ways You Can Organize Your Home the Eco Way
Words & Content by Alice Robertson of tidyhome.info
An eco-friendly lifestyle is fulfilling, and it can easily encompass many facets of our lives. One such aspect is how we declutter our homes, which is something that can serve both you and the environment. Here's what you need to do to get started.
Recycling is not only about donating bottles; it’s also about what we do with bulkier possessions. Without a plan, our furniture and electronics are destined for the landfill. Thankfully, we have options, such as returning electrical goods and appliances to their manufacturers. It doesn't have to cost you, either, as some companies may have a buy-back or trade-in program to manage e-waste. Larger pieces, such as mattresses, are often collected by dedicated companies, taking away stress for you and ensuring responsible recycling.
Renew Your Rooms
With a home free of clutter, this is the perfect time to clean and further cleanse away any stresses. Yet, this is also an opportunity to rid yourself of chemical cleaners and air fresheners. They may be promoted as beneficial, but they contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to us and the environment. In their place, you can use everyday ingredients, such as baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon juice. Of course, it's a good idea to ease the strain of keeping a clean home, which is where an excellent cordless vacuum comes in. A cordless vacuum is a convenient option, as it is easily stored. What’s more, it's a lot lighter, which can make cleaning a breeze compared to alternatives that could draw out a cleaning session.
Throw a Giving Day
As an alternative to recycling, you could organize a yard sale or host a decluttering party. While recycling is necessary for some items, you may have plenty of knick-knacks or furniture in good condition, that could make you a decent profit and go to a good home. Of course, you may want to prioritize gifting some of your more important belongings to loved ones before you host a yard sale. This has an added benefit, as friends and family may have a more discriminating eye for what needs to be let go of. Whatever you choose, it's a way for you to participate in the preloved community without negatively impacting the environment.
Use the Cloud
Online storage is increasingly common, and it can also help streamline our homes. Many of us use digital cameras and online banking, yet what of old photographs and stacks of bills filling up our storage areas? At the end of the day, you ultimately decide what to do with your old photographs, but you should at least scan them and upload them to the cloud. This protects valuable memories, particularly as a cloud service is able to backup your data. Using the cloud is as simple as creating a free account with a trusted company like Google or Microsoft. Each service has its own perks, but you should focus on accessibility across platforms, such as computers and smartphones. To rein in future clutter, do what you can to cut down on mail, even if that is limited to registering with USPS’ opt-out service to filter junk mail.
As you go through your home, you may find items that have the potential to be transformed into something new. This may sound difficult, but with the right guides, you could turn old furniture into plant shelves, dog beds, or storage. If you're more creative with clothes, you could save yourself a trip to the store and free up your wardrobe. Do you have shirts that hold special memories? Instead of throwing them away, turn them into quilts or artwork. You could also keep wearing them by changing them into halter necks or dresses. Upcycling, as it is called, can reward your home with fresh additions without breaking the bank or adding clutter.
Maintaining an organized and clean home can be transformative to our quality of life. Best of all, with a thoughtful strategy, this does not have to come at the expense of the environment or your own wellbeing. Now is the time to invest in clutter-free living.
Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.