By Alice Robertson at TidyHome.info
Decluttering your home can reduce stress, but using the wrong methods could create more stress. If you want to get rid of the excess in your home and life, without inadvertently polluting the planet, you will need a few eco-friendly cleaning and organizing tips. Here are a few ways you can tidy up your home, without generating more problems for the environment.
Pick Up Green Cleaning Supplies
Before you start decluttering and cleaning your home, you need to stock up on some supplies. But choosing standard cleaning supplies can leave your home more polluted than it was before. Instead, look for cleaners that are natural and eco-friendly, but don’t just trust what’s on the front of the bottle. Flip those bottles around and look for a detailed ingredient list. If you can’t easily find the ingredients or see a confusing list of chemicals, leave those cleaners on the shelf. You can make your own powerful, pollutant-free cleaners with just a few ingredients, so you know your family, and the environment, is safe.
Keep Your Home Tidy
While you are picking up cleaning supplies, make sure you grab some things that will help you keep your home tidy. After all the hard work you put into decluttering, you will want some effortless ways to stay organized at home. Many people with tidy homes keep them that way by doing a little dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming every single day. You can motivate yourself to do so by investing in a quality vacuum that features a strong filtration system, an on/off brush roll, and good suction power.
Recycle Items Correctly
Recycling is an excellent way to help the environment and clean up your home. However, if you are making some common recycling mistakes, you could be doing more harm than good. Many glass items cannot be recycled, and some areas will not allow glass for general pickup. Greasy food containers and cartons with liquid are also a no-no when it comes to your recycling bin. You should also exercise care when getting rid of larger household items such as furniture, appliances, and electronics. These are not usually allowed in residential recycling programs and will end up in landfills if you leave them on your curb. Find a specialty recycling center or think about donating them to keep them out of landfills.
Use the Cloud to Store Photos
If you are like most families, you may have stacks of photos and papers around your home. These items can end up forgotten in the back of closets or get tossed out with the rest of the garbage. To keep your memories and important documents safe and out of the way, consider using digital storage options to keep them. Scanning photos and documents to a cloud creates instant secure digital copies that are less likely to be lost or destroyed. It takes minutes to scan items into the cloud, and there are several apps and services to help you with the process.
Break Your Plastic Bag Habits
As you gather trash and clutter around your home, you may be tempted to stuff it into plastic bags. Plastic bags, however, are a source of major strain for our environment. Plastic bags do not break down over time, and instead, they end up obstructing waterways, killing wildlife, and producing chemicals in the air and soil. Opt for reusable shopping bags and recycle any bags cluttering up your home. Use paper bags to collect trash, and find some reusable storage bags and bins to replace plastic storage bags around your home. Parting ways with your plastic addiction could be the most important green home improvement move you make.
Letting go of clutter in your home can be beneficial for your health. But if you do not take care when tossing out clutter, you could be causing problems for the environment. Using eco-friendly tips and tools to clear out your home is better for your health and the world around you.
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