If you’ve done the hard work of decluttering your home or even one room, how can you keep it that way and look after the planet at the same time? Earlier this month, we looked at the benefits of clearing the clutter and ways you could do it with minimal impact on the environment. Today, we're looking at how you can keep clutter-free and be eco-friendly at the same time, so there's double the impact! Here are our top three tips.
1. Go Paper-free
One of the biggest causes of clutter in both our homes and workspaces is paperwork. We tell ourselves we’ll sort through it later, that we’ll get it filed away, or that we should probably keep it, just in case. Obviously, there is a certain amount of record-keeping that you do need to be able to produce. Still, increasingly there are ways to do this digitally.
Going paper-free as much as you can, not only stops the pile of paperwork cluttering up your home or office, but it also saves those trees that are vital to the wellbeing of us and the planet. Most utility providers and banks give you the option to go paper-free, and even receipts are becoming digital. Think about the paperwork that keeps taking up your space and see if there's a way that it can be replaced with a digital version.
2. Think Twice
Today we live in a consumer-based society. Our generation buys, uses and disposes of many more things than any other generation before. It's become commonplace to measure things like success and happiness on how much we own.
However, with a good declutter comes the opportunity to reverse this. Before buying anything, ask whether it is really needed. We often have things around our home that still have the labels on, or which have had little use. Thinking twice before buying something will not only help you to reduce the amount of clutter that builds up, but it’ll also help the planet.
You could even choose to pay for experiences rather than things and start creating memories with your family.
3. Choose A Greener Alternative
Of course, there will also be things that you do need to buy. Make sure when you purchase it that you know exactly where it will be kept so that it doesn’t add clutter. This might mean something else needs to be cleared out first!
When you're making your purchasing choices, you can also look for greener alternatives. This could be the product or service itself, or it could be that you buy from a company that are making considerable efforts to offset their impact on the environment.
With these few simple steps, you can keep on top of the clutter and look after the environment at the same time. Let me know below which ones you’ll be trying. However, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unable to take these kinds of steps, do reach out for support. There are various ways that you can work with me to create a life balance that's right for you.
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