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Tidying Up The Green Way

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The lovely Alice from Tidy Home has put together a list of ways one can tidy up, while being green

How to Declutter the Green Way

You’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo from all the “spark joy” memes and jokes in the media and now her show on Netflix. However, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the past year, she’s a world-renowned expert in organizing who has risen to fame through her no-nonsense approach to decluttering, which means little more than getting rid of old junk.

That’s something you need to do — and now. Studies have shown how living in a cramped environment that’s swamped with clutter causes stress, often leading to serious anxiety disorders and depression. It’s a high price to pay for having all that stuff.

There’s just one problem: all that stuff. You can’t just throw it out, at least not if you have any interest in the environment and keeping your ecological footprint to an absolute minimum. As you already know, the dumps are overflowing and the oceans are filled with plastic. Luckily, there’s a better way to declutter: the green way.

Sell Stuff

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Start off with the most profitable way to get rid of things: in exchange for cold hard cash. That’s never been easier thanks to all the websites created specifically for this purpose, where you’ll find buyers for items that you thought were totally unsellable.

Donate to Charity

As for those items you can’t sell, donating them to charity would make you feel better than tossing them in the garbage. At least somebody’s getting good use out of your old clothes and utensils. If you’re wondering just where to take what, the home experts at the Spruce have broken it all down for you based on 10 categories, from books to tools. As for that old bedding, animal shelters are usually on the lookout for more.

Recycle to the Max

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Even after all the selling and donating, there are bound to be some items you simply can’t sell or give away, perhaps because they’re too worn down or broken beyond repair. These should be recycled, no matter how big they are. My kabadiwala takes everything, from appliances to electronics.

Embrace the Cloud

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Once all of your unwanted stuff is gone, focus on keeping your home clutter-free; one way to do that is going digital. While digging through chests and drawers, you probably came across a few boxes of old photos. Those can be scanned and uploaded to cloud services like Dropbox for better preservation and easier sharing while taking up zero space in your home.

Switch to Electronic Billing

And there’s more when it comes to high tech. If you haven’t been making automated bill payments directly from your bank account, get on that. It eliminates a huge chunk of paper waste from your home and life, which is great when going green and killing clutter. You’ll also avoid missing payments and late fees, resulting in a better credit score and more money.

Think Hard Before Buying

Speaking of more money, the easiest way to have it is by spending less, which also means fewer shopping trips and impulse purchases stuffed in your closet. If that sounds sensible, then take some advice from Living Well Mom and consider seven things before buying anything, beginning with whether the item in question even has a purpose.

Stay Clean

Now that you have more space in your home, keep it spotless. That’s much easier to do when you have a closet stocked with all the right equipment, including a mop, broom, and vacuum cleaner. Speaking of the latter, cordless models offer significant advantages as they’re lighter, more efficient, easier to store, and pose no tripping hazard.

Use Organic Cleaners

Before you start mopping, make sure whatever detergent you pour in the bucket is organic. The same goes for all the other products that keep your home spick and span. You’ll know by the ingredients on the bottle, all of which should be biodegradable.

Now you’re on your way to an organized home and a clearer mind, with no guilt about your impact on the natural environment. That should make you feel better about life.

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