When you’re finally fed up with your clutter and ready to get rid of every last scrap, the simple solution would be tossing it all in one huge garbage bag and taking it to the curb. But simple doesn’t always mean smart, and making rash decisions when it comes to clutter can oftentimes start the process all over again. You’ll likely recollect the items you didn’t mean to throw away or realized a better use for after the deed was done. Plus, I always try to buy recycled items, like this marine and coastal recovered plastic material yarn. The stuff you’re throwing out could be harmful to the environment if not properly disposed of. Instead, follow these 6 eco-friendly organizing tips to help get your home in order while also helping out Mother Nature. If you need somewhere you can dispose of your garbage then consider getting help from these dumpster services.
- Switch out your old light bulbs for compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
It’s common to buy your usual light bulbs in bulk, put the extras in storage or a cabinet for when a bulb needs to be replaced after a few months. It’s also common to forget that you bought these extra bulbs, only realizing you had three on the shelf after you just brought home three more. Clear up space and save energy by switching to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). They’ll last eight to 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs, so you really only need to buy one at a time. They also use only one-third of the electricity, slashing your electric bill to a quarter of its original size.
- Install a collapsible clothesline for air drying
A washer and dryer can be huge time savers, but that’s about the extent of their “saving” abilities. They run up your bills, damage some fabrics, increase your carbon footprint, and take up a huge chunk of space in your home. While the washing machine might be unavoidable (assuming you didn’t schedule “hand wash each individual shirt I own in The Wonderwash” on your to-do list), the dryer could easily go. In its place, consider a collapsible clothesline. Air drying your clothing can save more than $200 per year on electric or gas bills. Additionally, it’s more gentle on clothing, as excessively high heat in a dryer can actually ruin the fibers. The environment will thank you, too: Air-drying clothes can reduce your household’s carbon footprint by nearly 2,400 pounds a year. Since the clothesline collapses (either into itself or the wall), you gain back a ton of space, which is always welcome in a laundry room.