IT’S NOT A CHALLENGE AT ALL!
Organizing in the most Eco-friendly ways to save space in your home can seem challenging. In reality, it’s not as daunting as it seems. Whether you need extra space in your living room, or you simply need to organize your kitchen tools, there are numerous smart, easy and unique ways to save space while being environmentally friendly.
TURN YOUR HOME GREEN
- THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Re-using, re-cycling and repurposing items in your home that may no longer serving its purpose and fulfilling their true potential is one of the best ways to be eco-friendly. You can give new life to everyday household items like wine boxes, milk crates or even just cardboard boxes. Create a brand new shelving unit by simply arranging or stacking them up and adding a basket inside for an attractive and chic storage solution, or if you want to easily access the items inside, you can just leave the face open. You can even re-use your old wet wipe containers to store plastic supermarket bags. And if you want a one-of-a-kind addition to your interior decor that provides a lot of storage space, you can stack up old and vintage suitcases and use it as a side table.
- KNOW YOUR PERISHABLES
Many of us, if not all of us, have been guilty of trying to use an ingredient only to find out that it has been already spoiled by moisture or has dried out. A lot of times, we tend not to give importance on knowing the ideal conditions for prolonging the life of our perishables. It is vital that we give care for our food to prevent it from expiring quickly, to lessen our waste and to lessen what we have to send to landfills. Aside from this, knowing your perishables can prevent overbuying of unnecessary foods that can take up a lot of space in your kitchen storage.
Keep in mind not to keep your perishables outside of your fridge for more than 2 hours. There are also various kinds of food that don not need to be stored in the fridge such as garlic, onions, potatoes and bread. Additionally, a popular and useful technique to prolong the shelf life and extend the expiration date of your perishables is to simply freezing them.
- HANGING STORAGE
You can find extra storage space, easily organize your things and save space by simply adding a hanging storage even to unexpected areas in your home. To give order to your cleaning supplies, put up a rod under your sink to hang the bottles and your cabinet will have plenty of space for other items. Achieve the same effect in your kitchen cabinets by attaching towel racks to the backs of your cabinet doors so that you easily store lids and provide more space for your pots and pans. And instead of throwing away your plastic shoe organizer, you can attach it to the back of your cabinet doors using adhesive hooks. This way, not only will you be able to add space to your cabinets, you can also repurpose some of the stuff you have lying around with a little creativity.
You avoid losing small items, by giving them their own proper space as much as possible. An amazing organizing tool you can use for this is an old, unused ice cube tray that you can put in a desk drawer or in your craft room for your small office supplies like paper clips and rubber bands. You can even use it as a jewelry organizer in your bedroom drawer or as a tool box for nails and screws. A great idea to lessen the clutter and the storage space taken up by tupperware lids is to organize and arrange them in a metal CD rack. For your sandals and small shoes, you can use old wine case boxes with compartment dividers in your closet.
- BECOME A DIY EXPERT
The internet is full of resources that teach how you can repurpose, reuse and recycle what many may consider as trash. It saves you money as well as helps in saving the environment. Pinterest and Facebook features numerous DIY projects that you can try and if you’re not sure of your abilities, you can start with easy and simple projects like hanging shelves, painting an old table or building wicker baskets from pieces of rolled paper. Once you’ve mastered these DIY projects, you can try doing some slightly harder tasks.
If your resources, time and budget provides it, choosing to be eco-friendly is a must to help save the dwindling environment. Hopefully, this list of eco-friendly ideas will give you inspiration to start thinking differently when it comes to saving space in your home.
Aileen Cuaresma is a freelance writer and web designer. She has done numerous articles about WordPress, SEO, home design and improvement, travels and other topics. She is also a contributor for MySweetHomeDecor Outside the world wide web, she is the Marketing Manager of ProvocaTours Travel and Leisure and the Marketing Director of Provacateur Lifestyle and Events.
April 28, 2017