How to Declutter the Eco-Friendly WayFrancesca Palange
Recycle vs. Throwing Away
There are multiple ways to recycle the household items you no longer use rather than just dumping them in the trash. To keep electronics from ending up in the dump, you have a few options. First, you can recycle them. Many nonprofits and communities offer opportunities to recycle electronics, or you can visit www.call2recycle.org to find a drop-off location near you. You can also donate your electronic or gadget to a local nonprofit or charity, or you can check with an electronics manufacturer or retailer about their recycling programs.
When it comes to appliances, the easiest recycling method is to buy your new appliance from a store that offers a recycling program. They can usually haul your old appliance away when they deliver the new one. With bedding, you can donate your used comforters, blankets and sheets to a thrift shop or homeless shelter as long as they are still in decent shape. Many animal shelters will also take old blankets and pillows to provide bedding for the animals.
Before donating any items, make sure they’re in good condition and working properly. Redfin suggests, “If your household items are trash to you, then they’re probably not useful to anyone. Would you be able to look a person in the eye and smile while handing them your busted curling iron?”
Another way to reduce clutter in an eco-friendly manner is to go digital. This means getting rid of most paper at home, which you can do by opting out of junk mail lists, signing up for e-statements for all your accounts and bills, and paying your bills online. You can also scan any documents you need to keep and then ditch all the paper copies to free up some room.
We all take many more photos now that we have a camera in our pockets constantly. You can also scan and enter digital copies of any old hard copy photos you have at home. This will cut down on your piles and will be much more efficient. You can use a scanner, or an app on your phone will do the trick as well. The cloud makes backing up the photos easier than ever, so you can rest assured you won’t lose all your photos.
As you become more eco-friendly, you should also consider using cleaning products that are good for the environment. This can cover anything from towels and scrubbing cloths to bathroom cleaners, surface sprays and shower cleaners. The goal is to get your house as clean as possible while not harming the environment at the same time. You can follow these guidelines for more specific information.
If you are truly committed, you can declutter your home in a way that benefits both your daily life and the environment. It may not be easy at first, but consistent, small changes add up over time. You’ll be amazed at how much better – and lighter – you will feel.
Written by Alice Robertson
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