As the days VERY steadily start growing longer, some of us might be feeling excited for the arrival of Spring, which brings with it blooming flowers, jumping lambs and of course the dreaded ‘Spring clean’.
Once you’ve had a look through the house and have an idea of what you’d like to get rid of, it’s tempting to throw everything away into a skip and forget about it. BUT a little planning in advance could make your spring clean a lot less damaging to the environment and even maybe help others. Perhaps you’re one of those people that has lots of things to get rid of but can’t bear throwing things in the bin despite them being broken beyond repair, or maybe you love to declutter but feel like you could dispose of things more responsibly?
Here are some tips for having a responsible and green spring clean to minimise your effect on the environment whilst keeping your home fresh and ready for the warmer months.
Sell your things online
The variety of what people buy online is incredible. If you’ve got something that you think could be used again or that you know has value, take a look at eBay’s completed listings to see what the same item has sold for, so you can see if it’s worth selling yourself. Don’t shy away from selling larger items online either, like furniture or bicycles – it’s easy to arrange couriers these days at a good price.
Even if you’ve got something that’s broken, you might be able to sell it for parts. Take a look – you might be surprised!
Donate to a cause
If you’ve got old toys or games, consider donating them to a toy library, where families can go to borrow or play with toys. If you’re giving away clothes, accessories, books or household items, consider donating to a charity shop and letting somebody else find joy in your old items!
Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products
A lot of our cleaning products have all sorts of nasty chemicals, which can be unfriendly in the home, like being irritating or harmful to skin, or dangerous if the fumes are inhaled. Where possible, choose brands that are non-toxic and friendly to the environment.There are also many recipes online for creating natural cleaning products at home with household items like vinegar, baking soda and essential oils.
Recycle as much as possible
If you’ve got things that aren’t salvageable and can be recycled rather than going to landfill, look up your nearest recycling centre online and separate your waste into the correct categories before taking it down there. Recycling centres can often take a lot of things you wouldn’t have expected, like unused paint, TVs and furniture. Make sure you recycle as much as you possibly can before sending anything to landfill.
Try to keep the motivation
Decluttering and rifling through items can get very tiresome but there are ways to motivate yourself to finish the job. It could be something as easy as putting on your favourite playlist while you’re sorting through boxes to make it more enjoyable, or setting yourself a goal with a pre-determined reward for completing it in a certain amount of time. You could even put the money you make from selling second hand items towards a holiday or special event you’re saving up for.
Are you looking forward to Spring? What do you do to green your spring clean?