Eco-Friendly Decluttering Tips to Give you Peace of Mind

With the book ďThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpĒ from Marie Kondo exploding onto the scene this year and garnering several weeks as the number one New York Times bestseller, it is no surprise that decluttering is something of a fad. Whether it’s a trend or not, getting rid of items you no longer use is definitely healthier than shuffling them from drawer to drawer.

In fact, clutter can overwhelm the senses and stress us out in more ways than one. Whether it is guilt over having too many things, a constant visual distraction from other tasks or a reminder that you would like to live more simply, the bottom line is: physical pile of clutter can have an effect on your mental health.

If you choose to begin tidying up your home, your first instinct may to be ruthless. Tearing through the piles of forgotten items at a breakneck speed may lead to tossing things in the trash in favor of disposing of them responsibly. However, there are eco friendly ways to cut back on the clutter in your home. Part one of this two part series will offer solutions to common clutter related to entertainment and mail while part two will focus on personal upkeep and the kitchen.

1. Electronics:

Technology is moving at a rate that allows for old phones and computers to pile up without us really even noticing. Instead of having a useless (to you) piece of metal and plastic taking up space, there are ways to recycle them that will truly make a difference.

-Recycling programs at stores:

Even national chains like Staples are offering recycling programs for items such as printer cartridges. The website e-Stewards has a comprehensive map of programs based on location and services offered.

-Do good:

Local schools, after school programs, and libraries are often looking for computers or other technology for their patrons. Contact them ahead of time to see what they may need. Similarly, national nonprofits such as the World Computer Exchange or Cell Phones for Soldiers are much better options than simply throwing old technology away and letting e-waste wreak environmental havoc.

2. Books and Entertainment:

-Library card:

Want to read the latest best seller, but donít want to pay a lot? Instead of opting to ship from a bargain store online, why not get a public library card and read it for free? If youíre a voracious reader, but never want to keep the book after the first read-through, this is the perfect option. This also allows you to sift through what classics or nonfiction books you may want to purchase for your own collection before committing to another piece of clutter on the shelves. You can find the closest public library in your state here.

-Switch to an e-reader:

While many bibliophiles may prefer to have the tactile quality of a paper book, an e-reader is undoubtedly more eco friendly. If you just canít give up paper books, compromising and only keeping your favorites around while purchasing new books on an e-reader is one more eco-friendly compromise. Many e-readers are so advanced they also offer magazines and audiobooks as well.

-Renting textbooks:

If you are in college, it is pretty unlikely that you will need many of the textbooks for your basic classes after the semester. Instead of purchasing the book and having to go through the hassle of selling it, why not take advantage of programs like Chegg, Amazon rentals or even the school bookstore so that you donít have to lug that textbook around a day more than necessary?

-Digital copies of movies and music:

With so many streaming options available for entertainment, the need for physical DVDs and CDs no longer exists. You can even rent movies online for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a hard copy. Many of the DVDs or CDs you already have may come with a digital download option, so taking advantage of this and selling your unwanted items to a used book and entertainment store will help clear more space. If they are too scratched to give away or sell, you can upcycle both the physical discs and the cases with a little imagination. If all else fails, you can pay a small fee and send your cases and discs to recycling companies like the CD Recycling Center. †

3. Mail:

Although a letter from a friend or a birthday card may be welcome surprises in the mailbox, they are often tucked among other, less pleasant mail items that you have to tackle. Whether the store you shopped at once is sending you coupons or you are getting a barrage of credit card offers, there are solutions for how to tackle an overcrowded mail bin.

-Stop the junk mail:

There are several culprits that fill up your mailbox. From unwanted mail pieces from nearby businesses to wasteful coupons, the deluge is neverending. However, there are services such as the National Do Not Mail list that will help lessen the burden and save trees. Ecocycle also has a comprehensive guide for stopping the flow of junk mail.

-Donít subscribe to catalogs/magazines:

If you shop online, more is at stake than just the carbon emissions from shipping. Larger retailers will also begin to send catalogs to the address you shipped your items. Make sure you opt out of this option or contact the company to stop this wasteful process. The same thing goes for magazine subscriptions. Whether it was a service offered for free with another purchase or an intentional subscription, magazines that you have yet to read are a huge source of clutter and waste.

-Switch to paperless billing and banking:

Rather than opting for paper billing or bank statements, make sure to look into options to use Internet services. Not only is this more secure, but it keeps your recycle bin less cluttered, too.

-Reuse shredded paper:

Receiving some less-than-desirable mail may be unavoidable. If thatís the case, be sure to reuse any paper that you shred. Apartment Therapy has some clever ideas for projects involving shredded paper instead of just throwing it away.

 

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