Adopting a more environmentally-friendly approach to life is a priority to many homeowners these days. Whether they’re installing solar panels on the roof or planting a green home vegetable garden, people care more than ever about the impact their homes make on the world around them.
When it comes to possessions, people find themselves concerned about where their things are going. You don’t want to contribute to landfills and problematic ocean pollution, but you don’t want to hold onto things you don’t need, either. So what can you do? To help answer that question, we’ve gathered our top seven eco-friendly decluttering tips below.
Look into foster care clothing programs.
Tragically, children entering the foster care often don’t have many of the basic life necessities such as clothing. Many organizations gather clothing, school supplies, and more to make the transition into foster care easier. Here is a list of different foster care closets nationwide so you can find the one nearest you.
Visit your local thrift store.
Instead of throwing old things away, take them to your nearest thrift store. Some thrift stores have additional altruistic, non-profit benefits. Do a little research before you decide where to drop your old things off.
Take old towels and blankets to your nearest animal shelter.
Animal shelters use towels and blankets for bedding and washing the animals they care for. Look up an animal shelter that accepts donations near you. Bring your old towels and blankets by and they’ll happily to accept your offer.
If you have gently-worn formal wear, consider donating it.
There are a wide variety of non-profit organizations nationwide that give new life to old formal wear. For instance, Brides Across America accepts wedding dress donations and gives them to military couples who deserve something nice for their special day. Wish Upon a Wedding is an organization that works to give terminally-ill people the weddings of their dreams. Charities like these are always accepting donations, so use them!
Switch from paper to e-reader.
Books are easily recycled, but if you’re a voracious reader, consider going electric. The average e-reader on the market can hold over 300 books, all in a device you can carry anywhere.
Give children’s goods to kids that need them.
Different organizations across the country give gently-used children’s wares to people in need. One that does a lot of great work is Baby2Baby. This charity gives living necessities to the little ones that need them.
Invest in a storage unit.
A storage unit is a way to declutter your home without adding to existing waste problems. Organizing your possessions in storage gives you the chance to repurpose items instead of throwing them away.
Whether you keep, store, or donate unused possessions, you can feel good knowing you’re keeping them out of landfills. Storage Direct is happy to help our clients better protect their homes, possessions, and the world at large.