Decluttering Tips For Your House
Guest article by Natalie Jones of Home Owner Bliss
When the seasons change, many of us feel the need to declutter and clean out our homes. Wardrobes, cupboards, pantries, spare rooms and garages tend to gather all the things we acquire over the year, and it can be difficult to keep them all organised.
Learning how to declutter–which involves sorting through your belongings and making piles of things to keep, sell, donate, and throw away–will help you get your home into shape in no time.
It will also be helpful if you know how to use eco-friendly methods for cleaning, such as finding out where to take old mattresses and electronic waste so they don’t end up in a landfill and using natural cleaning products rather than chemicals that could be harmful to you and your family. Using these green techniques will keep your home healthy and will also reduce your carbon footprint, allowing you to do your part when it comes to reducing waste.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to declutter your home in an eco-friendly way.
Look for the right donation centre
You might be surprised at the number of places nearby that will take unwanted items off your hands to repurpose them for those in need. For instance, old bedding and towels are always welcome at animal shelters, where they keep dogs and cats warm and dry until they are adopted.
Disposing of electronic waste
Australians are among the highest users of new technology in the world and purchase over 2.4 million computers every year. This makes electronic waste or e-waste, including computers and accessories, a growing problem.
Some electronics–such as old mobile phones–can be refurbished and given to individuals who have left an abusive situation at home. You can check online to see what donation centres are nearby and find out exactly what items they’ll take off your hands.
But, if you need to dispose of e-waste items such as mobile phones, computers, monitors, printers, televisions, DVD players and so on, you can contact your local Council to find out when your next hard waste collection is. Most Councils will allow you to put out electronic items with your hard waste collection.
If you can’t wait until your designated hard waste collection day you can take your e-waste to a designated recycling depot in your local area. The service is usually FREE, but there is a limit of 15 items /products per customer that can be dropped off at a time.
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Recycle those large items
You already know what to do with glass, paper, and cardboard items you no longer want, but what about the bigger pieces? Mattresses take up a huge amount of room in landfills, which contributes to our pollution problem, but many people aren’t sure of the best way to get rid of them.
Rather than throw out your old bed, check with your local recycling centre to see if they accept mattresses. Some do, but they may charge a fee to take it because they have a lot of parts and are tricky items to break down.
If you live in NSW, ACT, VIC or WA you can take your old mattress to Soft Landing Mattress Recycling and they will recover the components to recycle. You can also break it down yourself (or ask a handy friend to do it for you) and reuse the materials or send them individually to the recycling centre.
Go green when you clean
As you work your way through the decluttering process, you’re bound to find some areas of your home that need a little TLC, so be sure to keep your eco-friendly habits in mind when you break out the cleaning supplies. Finding green cleaning solutions isn’t always easy, but there are several simple household items that can be used to tackle tough areas, such as plain old vinegar and hot water, bicarb soda, or lemons and salt. Going green with your cleaning materials is much healthier for your family than using chemicals, and it’s much better for the environment.
Consider having a garage sale
As you go through your belongings, look for items that don’t have much wear and decide whether or not they’d be good candidates for a garage sale. Name-brand clothing, shoes, and handbags that don’t look too worn will almost always go quickly at sales, so display these well and price them individually. If possible, display a shiny item–such as glassware or a mirror–in front to attract attention from passersby. Not only will selling your items keep them from ending up in a landfill, it will allow you to earn a little extra money at the same time.
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Decluttering your home is beneficial on many levels. Not only does it boost your physical and mental health, it will help you get organised and improve your ability to concentrate on what’s most important in your life.
How do you declutter your home?
Do you have any helpful tips to help keep our house and world decluttered?
If so, please leave them in the comments section below!