I’m not sure if you’re anything like me, but I get anxiety attacks when I’m surrounded by clutter or when things aren’t in the order I want them to be around the house. However, I’m not perfect and my home can be a disaster, especially with a toddler, husband, and a rabbit that believes he’s a dog.
Before I had my son, I could keep my home crazy clean and still manage to get a million more things done in the same week. Now it’s turned more into trying to keep the house clean while picking up the same things a million more times in the week while somehow managing to find a way to fit everything else into my schedule.
I found out that taking a shower and practicing yoga daily is what mainly helps me keep my cool during the day. Although I’d love to keep my cool by finding a way to reduce the clutter in my home and increase my stress-free time with my family.
While I understand this may not be for everyone, here are 5 ways you can gain your sanity back by reducing waste in your home:
1. Stick to glass! I don’t know where my obsession with using glass comes from. It could be because I mainly grew up with glass dishware in my family or it’s the fact that my hubby has a thing for using paper plates (which I can’t stand, but I let him get away with way too often).
Mason jars are great for storing:
- Dry Foods: Spices, Pasta, Baking Mixes
- Household: Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Hand Soap, All-Purpose Cleaner
Also, try shopping in the bulk bins at your local grocery store. Check with your local grocery store to find out if they will allow you to use your own reusable container such as a mason jar in their bulk bins or produce department. Just make sure you weigh your mason jar itself to prevent being charged the extra weight. This way the cashier can take off the weight of the jar.
Alternative Options: Reusable bags, bins, and boxes can also be used to store your groceries while you shop to reduce the number of plastic bags you use.
2. Compost! Check with your neighbors and local farmers and farmer’s markets. Believe it or not they might have a compost program. This means that they will allow you to drop off food waste that will later be used to fertilize soil in local gardens and farms. You will be reducing the waste in your home while giving back to the environment.
3. Water Filters! Plastic water bottles not only harm wildlife, but they also take up too much space! At least that’s how I feel about it. My husband and I purchase the PUR water filters that can be found pretty much anywhere. You can now have purified, clean water coming right from your sink while you save the animals! You can either throw out several plastic water bottles a day or you can go through ONE filter every 2 months.
4. Use Those Orange & Lemon Peels! Did you know that you can make your own all-purpose cleaner just using TWO ingredients? All you have to do is save your zesty peels!
All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe:
First you will take the orange or lemon peel (or a mix of both!) and add it to a glass jar.
Next, you will take vinegar and pour it right over the peels in the glass jar.
Your last step will be to allow the mixture to sit for 2-3 weeks.
Once the mixture is ready to go, just dilute some water with your mixture in a reusable container and use it to clean your counters, windows, stove top, bathtub, and whatever else you can think of! Just be careful using it on sensitive surfaces too often!
5. Recycle Anything You Can! It’s one of my dream goals to go completely waste free. However, let’s face it….it’s not as easy as it sounds in the world we live in where almost everything is packaged. My solution is that if you must have plastic in your house, find ways to recycle them! For example: I like to use plastic containers to organize my office and crafting supplies. Do you have clothes that you don’t want anymore? Donate them to your local foster care facility or cut it up and use it to clean with that all-purpose cleaner.
While it might be hard to go completely waste and clutter-free, it won’t hurt to reuse and recycle as many items as possible.
Bonus: No more trash overloads and less trips to the trash bins….and I bet your roommate, significant other, or your kids will appreciate it too!
Let us know some of your favorite ways to reduce waste and live clutter-free by posting below in the comments!