A clean and organized room can feel incredibly satisfying. According to Psychology Today, decluttering can function as a kind of therapy to support mental health. Here’s how to declutter each room in your house in an eco-friendly way.
Kitchen and Bathroom
1. Prolong the life of your fridge, oven, and microwave
Maximizing the lifespan of your appliances can be a useful way to help control emissions. This can be done by cleaning them regularly, avoiding overuse, and repairing them instead of replacing them. If you’re in the market to replace, however, some household appliances like refrigerators are being engineered to reduce greenhouse gas contributions.
You can also recycle your kitchen appliances by contacting your local waste center. Some offer curbside pickups, while others will pay you to drop off your appliances. Some appliance companies also offer recycling programs.
2. Use natural cleaners
Many toxins in your cleaners can harm the water and air. Making your own environmentally friendly cleaning products isn’t all that difficult. Vinegar is a great basic ingredient for all-purpose cleaning, as is baking soda. Borax powder can be used, as well. If you need to clean glass, use vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol to get rid of streaks and spots. Vinegar and baking soda also work powerfully against grease and grime.
If you combine the proper amount of vinegar and baking soda together, they can form a paste. Apply it to the shower floor, tub, or sink, and let it sit. After an hour, scrub it down and rinse. You can do the same for the toilet by first pouring in vinegar and then baking soda or Borax. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes, scrub with a toilet brush, and then flush.
3. Use up all your items
It’s common to have multiple backups of a particular toiletry item or to hold onto something “just in case.” While it’s fine to have a backup item, you shouldn’t have too many. Don’t hold onto things you don’t use; give them away instead, or just chuck them.
1. Recycle your mattress
Each year, millions of mattresses are thrown out. Thankfully, many mattress recycling resources can recycle your mattress in an ecologically conscious way. At least 20 states have mattress recycling facilities. Search online to see if there’s one nearby.
You can also choose to donate your mattress to a Goodwill or a thrift store, or recycle it yourself. You (or someone more experienced) can disassemble your mattress and reuse, donate, or even sell the materials. These include the stuffing, fabric, and coils.
The apparel industry has a huge environmental impact. Separate your clothes into “yes” or “no” piles. After you’ve decided on what to get rid of, you can donate or sell your clothes. To make your beloved ones last longer, patch them up or get them tailored.
Vacuuming isn’t just reserved for the living room, but it can be a high-traffic area. After you’ve cleaned out your house, keep it that way. One option is to buy a cordless vacuum that is easy to store and use. It will also help you with spot vacuuming when you have a small mess to clean up. Plus, it won’t take as long.
2. Upload mementos to the cloud
If you have too many documents and photos cluttering up your house, scan and upload them to an online server. Cloud storage is extremely secure and offers the benefit of sharing photos or mementos with other people instantly.
3. Sell or donate unused items
There are some books you might have read once but will never read again. There are lots of organizations where you can donate your books so that you can help other people enjoy them.
Recycling and reusing are great ways to minimize your carbon footprint. You can get rid of things that don’t suit you anymore while still helping the environment. It takes a little creativity and a lot of effort, but you can help the world be a greener place.