How to Nurture an Organized Home Without Sacrificing the Environment
Updated: Apr 14
We all want to live in fresh, clean homes, but lightening our load by throwing things away is not the answer. To ensure we protect the environment, we need to be sensible about how we organize and clear our space. By doing so, we can lead happier and healthier lives.
Open Up Space
To open up our homes and free space, we may need to look at some of the bigger items we have around the house that no longer serve a purpose. Large electronics, especially ones that are outdated, may be taking up more room than they are worth. In such cases, it may be wise to replace them with newer, more efficient models. Many retailers offer an exchange program that entails taking your old appliance for recycling when they deliver the newer model. If you simply need a place to recycle, look online for charities and organizations that specialize in electronics to keep them from decomposing in a landfill.
Digitize Your Paper Goods
One of the amazing aspects of living in the digital age is how much paper we can save every year. For instance, by signing up for online banking, we cut back on monthly statements that would otherwise end up in the trash. You can also clear up space in your home office by storing paperwork and photographs on a cloud service. Best of all, you don't even need a dedicated scanner, as there are apps that allow you to scan and upload from your phone. If you miss having a scrapbook as a way to organize your photos, you can make an online version for free.
To be truly kind to the environment, it may be necessary to switch to more energy-efficient lightbulbs and electronics, like those that Technolamp offer. Not only do these last longer, have neither UV nor IR light, and provide more light per watt, but they also save you money in the long run. Besides electronics and lightbulbs, consider swapping out your showerhead for a more efficient model. As you declutter, this is the perfect opportunity to replace older, less eco-friendly versions of items with new and improved models.
Sell or Donate
Once you have gone through your paper goods, upgraded to be more efficient, and donated larger possessions, it's time to survey the rest of the house. You need to decide what has value to you and what is simply taking up space. Rather than doing the entire house over one weekend, go room by room, as it’s more manageable and less likely to overwhelm. Depending on the condition and quality of the items you decide to part with, you can either donate them or try to sell them. If you live in a large community, listing items online is a good option, or, if not, you may want to hold a yard sale.
Keep Things Clean
Once your home is organized and updated, you will want to keep it clean. Rather than using harsh chemicals like bleach, stick to environmentally friendly ingredients by making your own cleaning agents that are safe for your family and the planet. To keep up momentum, have the right supplies on hand to ease cleanings, such as a good duster and a strong broom. A cordless vacuum cleaner is also helpful; not only are they lighter and less intrusive to store, but they also make maneuvering around furniture a breeze.
Cleaning and decluttering isn't just for spring; it is important all year long. Living in a cluttered, chaotic house is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Don't overlook the value of an environmentally friendly home with products that support you, your wallet, and the earth. It's time to make your home the sanctuary you and your family deserve.
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