The Green Guide To Decluttering
Many of us are guilty of buying too much and collecting stuff we rarely use. If you’re planning to get rid of clutter, or it has been years since you last had a clear-out, here’s your green guide to decluttering.
Deciding what you want to keep and embracing upcycling
The first step of decluttering is going through each room, examining every cupboard, box or drawer and deciding what you want to keep. Create separate piles for possessions you want to keep hold of and those that you no longer want or need. If you have belongings that are in good condition, you could consider upcycling.
Once you’ve tidied away everything you want to keep, you should have a mound of possessions that don’t have a home. At this point, you can decide whether to donate them to charity, to sell them or to try and recycle, upcycle or repurpose them. Upcycling is a brilliant idea for furniture that may not be to your taste any longer and it’s also a means of breathing new life into pieces that are tired or damaged.
If you have coffee tables, chairs, couches, chests or garden sheds lying around, for example, you can use your creativity to improve the condition, alter the aesthetic or even turn them into totally different items. If you have children or grandchildren, a tired old shed could become a fabulous beach hut or an enchanted cottage.
Reusing, recycling and selling on
Many of us have belongings that we don’t necessarily want, but we don’t want to throw away. If you find yourself in this boat when decluttering, you can reduce waste and help others by selling or donating your stuff.
You could find new homes for furniture, books, clothing, electrical appliances and decorative items simply by either visiting a charity shop or listing your items online. You could sell on an auction site or join local groups on social media and advertise your possessions. If you do choose to sell, you can view options for shipping by comparing quotes from different companies. This is a simple, quick means of finding reputable shipping firms and saving money.
Committing to sustainable shopping
Once your home is clean, tidy and free from clutter, the final step is to commit to sustainable shopping. Try to focus on quality rather than quantity, buy from sustainable, eco-friendly brands and aim to avoid making purchases if you don’t really want or need the item in question. We’ve become accustomed to buying at the touch of a button and seizing upon offers and discounts, and this often means that we accumulate products we don’t actually use or wear.
Decluttering can be cathartic and it also creates space and enhances the aesthetic of the home. If you’re planning a decluttering operation, take these tips on board to embrace greener living and reduce waste.