We don't need to be minimalists to appreciate removing clutter from our homes and lives. Yet, simply throwing things out pollutes the environment unnecessarily. This is why it's important to do your research and know how to declutter in an eco-friendly way.
Make It Digital
Paperwork is a jumble for most of us. We can try to keep it organized in folders and file cabinets, but even those take up needed storage space. Unfortunately, they can also be difficult to sort through. Photographs, too, can take up precious room.Cloud storage is an intuitive and safe alternative to keeping things on hand. Scan your documents and pictures, and simply upload them to your chosen server. Now, you can access them wherever you have an internet connection. Even better, you can search through them easily. However, be sure the server you choose is secure and encrypt your files before you upload them for additional protection.
Although it’s a tough job, sooner or later, it will be time to start cleaning your home. Of course, you want your cleaning tools to be good for you and the environment. You can find plenty of items in your kitchen to clean safely, or you could get eco-friendly products to tackle those tasks (Hello MamaSuds!). As well as toxin-free chemicals, you can stay fresh with a quality vacuum. Look at commercial models that have the capacity to easily pick up large clods of dirt and debris. These also have the benefit of being stronger than a residential vacuum.
Recycle Large Goods
Depending on the material of your large goods, you have a few options. If you have a metal desk or electronics that need removing, you may be able to sell them to a metal scrap dealer. Furniture in decent condition can be collected by many thrift stores and charity shops. Good condition does not have to mean perfect shape; small repairs can be made with relative ease by the stores themselves. You can also list things like appliances online. Sell them for a small price, or give them away for free. Make it clear, however, that you will not be responsible for shipping. Either list it as “collect in person” or have the interested party pay for shipping rates.
Whether we've outgrown clothes, they're out of style, or too worn to wear, we can recycle our apparel. If you're feeling nostalgic, try turning some older garments into quilts. Simply cut up things like T-shirts or denim into large squares. Should the fabric be thin, reinforce it before you begin. If you're good with a sewing machine or know someone who is, try upcycling your out-of-fashion pieces into something modern. When you need some inspiration, use online guides and tutorials — it's a great way to exercise creativity while protecting the planet.
Repurpose Your Furniture
You may be sick to death of your old coffee table, but that doesn't mean you should get rid of it. Instead,repurpose it, change it, and make it new. A fresh coat of paint can transform its look. There are ways to completely make furniture into different items. A sewing table could become a desk, and old upholstered chairs can be mended if torn. Broken pieces can usually be repaired or transformed. You can even make your own kitchen island with only a little work. Whatever piece you're looking to transform, you can find an instructional video online. This keeps furniture too damaged to be donated out of the landfill.
Transforming your belongings is an excellent way to get rid of things that no longer have a purpose. Whether you keep what you make, give to loved ones or sell, there are many ways you can clear your home. Stay on top of cleaning, and make your home a sanctuary. This is the time to really take control of your household.