Organizing your home is one thing, but doing it sustainably is quite another. It’s not just about making sure everything is clean and tidy anymore; it’s about making sure that it chimes in with the natural environment and protects the Earth.
Because of growing awareness of environmental issues, many people are taking a more holistic approach to organizing their homes. But what does that mean in practice?
Organizing The Pantry
One of the most environmentally devastating activities humans engage in is food production. It involves the use of huge amounts of energy, water, and land. As a result, we need to make sure that we use everything we buy and don’t waste anything.
The best way to ensure that waste is minimized in your home is to have a really well-organized pantry. Make sure that all your spices, beans and cereals are in labeled jars which you regularly rotate, keeping the oldest stock at the front.
Repurpose Old Storage Options
If you’re in the market for a new storage option, think carefully about whether you really need it. Do you already have some other storage option in your home you could repurpose? If so, start modifying it so that it can be reused.
What if you really don’t have anything suitable? Don’t worry: just look for something that is well-constructed and highly durable. When it comes to buying storage products, you want things that will last.
Make Use Of Your Roof Space
Most people never take advantage of their roof space. But with the falling cost of solar, there’s a chance to maximize all your home’s assets, save money and protect the environment at the same time. Putting solar on my home has led to a reduction in greenhouse emissions by nearly 40 percent. You’re making the most of the space you have while also relying less on grid electricity which uses fossil fuels.
Avoid Harsh Cleaning Chemicals
Take a look at your cleaning cupboard. There’s a good chance that it’s rammed with different cleaning products for various applications. You’ve got kitchen surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, tile cleaners, floor cleaners and so on. The problem with many of these products is that they contain chemicals which harm you and the environment.
The good news is that you don’t have to start making your own cleaning products from vinegar – there are plenty of eco-friendly, commercially produced cleaning products out there that don’t have so many of the worst chemicals.
Work From Home
This might be a tough one for some of you, but think about the energy and resources you would save if you worked from home. No more traveling to work on a bus that emits cancer-causing diesel fumes into the atmospheres. No more sitting on a train powered by electricity from fossil fuels. No more driving your car on a daily basis, wearing it out and forcing you to buy a new one in a couple of year’s time.
If you can work from home, start off by organizing your workspace to suit you. Natural light helps to improve alertness and shades prevent excessive screen glare.