Clean Out Your Home without Hurting the Environment
Decluttering Makes You Happy
Getting rid off all the excess stuff in your home feels good and makes you feel happier overall. Everything you own has an energy connection to you. When you get rid of an item, you let go of that energy invested in an inanimate object and make room your life for more peace and positivity.
People who live in minimalist, uncluttered environments tend to have a greater sense of inner peace and calm. It also cuts down on the amount of time you have to invest in maintenance and cleaning, which means less stress and more free time.
The only problem with cleaning out your home and decluttering is figuring out what to do with all that extra stuff. You can’t just throw it all away and add more junk to your local landfills. We have a limited amount of space for garbage on this planet, and we’ve already lost control of containing it, which is why plastic fibers are found in 83 percent of the world’s tap water. Furthermore, adding to your local dump only increases the amount of methane it releases. Methane is an incredibly harmful greenhouse gas, and its excess is a huge contributor to global climate change.
So if you can’t just throw the junk away, what do you do with it?
Hold a Yard Sale
If you have a lot of good stuff that you are getting rid of and a little free time, you can make some extra cash by holding a garage sale. If you want your yard sale to be successful, you need to invest time in preparation and promotion. Pick a good date in a season where people feel comfortable walking around and being outdoors — preferably fall or spring for most areas. Once you have a date picked, you can apply for a city permit if you need one.
Gather all your goods and organize them by price. Instead of tagging individual items, you can group items and make signs letting shoppers know how much each grouping is. Advertise as much as you can online instead of wasting paper on fliers. Stock up on change and consider getting a mobile transaction system you can connect to your smartphone or tablet so you can take credit card payments.
If you really want to be Eco-friendly, donate all the proceeds to an environmental nonprofit that will use your money to help make the earth a little greener.
Recycle the Rest
Once your yard sale is over, you have to figure out where to put all the stuff that didn’t sell. When it comes to the big stuff such as mattresses, electronics, and appliances, it can be helpful to enlist the assistance of a recycling service that will pick up items and dispose of them properly for a small fee.
When it comes to papers, mail, and documents that are cluttering up your office and common areas, recycling is the best option as well. Take photos of the information you want to keep and upload copies to the cloud to keep them safe. You can then either recycle them in your normal recycling or enlist the help of the recycling company to do that for you.
Keep It Clean, Keep It Green
Once your home is decluttered, you want to maintain its pristine appearance. You can motivate yourself to do so by investing in a quality upright vacuum. Many upright vacuums feature adjustments for heights, which make them perfect for a variety of hardwood and carpeted floors. Stay in line with your Eco-conscious methods by choosing cleaning products that don’t pollute the air, water, and soil. Beware of “green washing” projects that try to cash in on the Eco trend without providing the goods to back it up. Consider using DIY cleaning products that use food-grade ingredients such as vinegar and lemon juice.
Getting rid of junk cluttering up your home makes you feel happier and less stressed. You can get rid of a lot of your excess items with a yard sale that can also make you some extra cash. Look into a local recycling company that can help remove the big items, including mattresses and electronics, safely. Finally, commit to a greener lifestyle by using Eco-friendly cleaning products that don’t pollute the Earth.
About the Author
Alice Robertson began her career in home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.