written by Alice Robertson
If you have never considered your personal
impact on the environment, perhaps you should. Every person has a
responsibility to be a better friend to Mother Earth. One of the most important
things we can do to achieve this goal is to declutter and organize our homes so
that we produce less waste and actually consume the goods we purchase.
The Environmental Magazine explains that Millennial minimalist living has already begun
to have a positive impact on the environment. Living with less stuff means that
you will consume less energy and have fewer trips to the landfill.
Here are a few tips to go green at home and
put the environment first.
Spend a weekend – or a week depending on how
much stuff you have – going through your belongings to determine what you’ve
been living with that you don’t use. Household goods, clothing, and other
usable items can be donated. Once you have decided what stays, consider bringing
in an interior cleaning service (this will cost between $107 and $176 in the Perris area depending on
how large your home is) to help you deep clean so that you can start with a
blank slate. Many cleaning services utilize environmentally friendly cleaning
products, but make sure you ask about this when you call for a quote.
There is an entire world behind your laptop,
phone, and tablet screens. It’s called the cloud, and it is a form of storage you can use to further tidy up.
Products, such as the once-novel Amazon Kindle, have now made it possible to go
virtually paperless at home. Likewise, streaming television services mean you
have access to an unlimited variety of entertainment without having to fill
your shelves full of discs and DVD cases. Motherboard’s Jason Koebler explains
that DVDs (and ostensibly other forms of physical media) contribute to billions of kilograms of carbon emissions each
year. And it’s not just your movies and books that can live in the cloud —
photographs, receipts, and even legal documents can be scanned and digitized to
free up space in your home now and, more importantly, eliminates waste later
One of the most challenging aspects of making
room in your home is figuring out what to do with the big, bulky appliances,
furniture, and bedding that you don’t need. Earth911 suggests recycling large appliances, such as the
refrigerator or air-conditioning unit. Check with your product manufacturer to
see if they have recycling services in place. Likewise, your old mattresses can be recycled, especially if
it’s an older model with metal coils.
If you want to make a lasting impact on the
environment, be mindful that you don’t return to your cluttered ways. A few
tips to keep you on-track are:
- Shop with intention: Don’t just buy things
because they are on sale, and only bring items into your home that have a
- Recycle the small things: Make it easy for
yourself to recycle paper, plastics, and glass by placing recycling bins in the kitchen and garage.
- Bring in a professional for advice: A
professional organizer (at a cost of $30 – $80 per hour) can help you make the most
of your living space and give you the tools you need to keep it clutter-free.
- Keep a green cleaning routine: Outfit your
home with organic and environmentally friendly cleaning products,
preferably ones with reusable bottles.
- Watch what you wear: Remember that cheap clothing is almost certainly on a fast
track to the dump and will most likely live in the back of your closet after
just a few wears.
Your actions at home have a positive impact on
the environment and may inspire others to follow suit. While cleaning your
house may not save the entire world, it will make a difference. Every little
bit counts so do your part and remember the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
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