With sharing this image on her Facebook Page, when Holly Clark asked, “Can anyone relate?” I was feeling like God! Whenever I’m back home after work, I undergo the same sort of question:
Do I live in a cluttered household?
It is tempting to buy things you do not need or have much use for. It’s a nasty habit we’re all guilty of. The result of a clutter-free house is a practical and useful house.
When it comes to furniture, it is tempting to keep pieces you’ve collected over the years from various houses cluttering up your house. Unless you regularly update your interior design and churn out the old by replacing the new, it can be difficult to keep your room fresh, updated, and clutter free.
However, this approach is often not very environmentally friendly.
It can be quite laborious trying to be more eco-friendly and green when organizing homes. In many cases, you will need to buy new materials and use certain toxic products (such as adhesives and thinners) to get the job done properly.
However, there are some smart moves in which you can be greener when getting involved in decluttering. It can be a nice and steady start to offset any parts of the job that are unavoidably unfriendly to the environment.
But At First, Let’s Understand The Dangerous Side Of Having Junk
Do you think all your junk isn’t hurting you?
Talk to anyone, and they’ll tell you that they don’t like junk, yet everybody seems to keep at least one junk drawer in their home.
The junk is hazardous!
Safety Hazards Associated With Junk
The most disordered rooms in your home frequently have unnoticed safety hazards.
For example, think about your garage:
- Are all your chemicals stored too high for children to reach?
- Are they stored in a way that will keep pets out of them?
- Is there any way the chemicals could leak?
Now consider your attic. Is it quite filled up with junk and cobwebs? Can you even walk from one side to the other? An attic full of useless stuff is also likely full of spiders, scorpions, moths, and other creepy crawlies that could be dangerous. To avoid these sorts of safety hazards, take the extra time from your routine to deep clean your rooms.
Make Recycling Your Regular Habit
You can recycle quite a wide range of old building materials these days. Bricks, wood flooring, tiles, beams, old fireplaces, and more can all be refurbished and used again.
- You don’t wish to use them soon, but if you can remove them carefully, keeping them in good condition, then the local reclamation yards and recycling centers may be able to take them off your hands.
- Reclamation yards may also be willing to pay good money for vintage and antique building materials, and this can also be a good way to make a bit more money.
Dispose of Waste Carefully
It can be tempting to chuck all the rubbish from your home renovation projects straight into the skip without sorting it first. However, if you want to go with a more green concept, you should be more aware when throwing things away. Hiring a skip gives you time to consider what to dump, reuse, or recycle. Sure, you have to do the work yourself but treat it as an excuse to get some exercise.
Any potentially toxic items such as old paint thinners should be disposed of separately. If they get into a landfill, they can contaminate the environment, so check with your local waste center and see how you can dispose of toxic waste more responsibly.
If you have any garden waste from home renovation and landscaping projects, then check to see if this can be disposed of at the local waste center. Many council-run waste centers will take green waste (hedge and tree trimmings, unwanted plant matter, grass clippings, etc.) and transform it into compost. This saves sending it to landfills where it would take up valuable disposal space.
Believe In Bulk Purchases
If you need a lot of materials, then order them in bulk. This can save you from transporting them, and bulk orders are often offered with free home delivery. This will also save on packaging as bulk deliveries will save the need for individual packaging for each item.
To avoid creating a lot of waste, look at creative ways you can dispose of your furniture. Selling your old unwanted furniture online is a great way to get a buyer quickly. It also helps you put some money towards something more useful. Car boot sales are another great way to sell your unwanted belongings but are better left to smaller, more transportable items such as bedside tables, old TVs, and unwanted toasters.
You’re not supposed to be a full-blown hoarder to suffer the emotional times of junk. According to psychologists, living in a consistently messy home stresses us out. Women readers seem to agree – they cited a messy house as one of their biggest stress factors.
Well, the most critical reaches in your home are the attic, kitchen, basement, bathroom, and garage. You’ll need to be extra cautious in sorting out these areas of your house.