Decluttering the Earth-Friendly Way

Decluttering the Earth-Friendly Way

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Most people have a tendency to collect and hold onto things long after they love them or even still find them useful. It is a human trait that seems almost universal. However, it can pose a problem, especially if you live in a small home or you value your space because those things we all accumulate can take up a lot of space and become the kind of clutter which can stress us out and make us feel embarrassed about out homes. Such clutter can even prove a health and safety risk, especially if you have children, once it reaches a critical point.

If you’ve reached the point, for whatever reason, where you want to free  yourself and your family from your accumulated clutter, here’s how you can do it without harming the planet unduly:

Take it Room by Room

First of all, if you want to successfully declutter, you need to ensure it’s not too overwhelming. The easiest way to do this is by taking it one room at a time, not trying to do too much at once. Just doing one room on each day of the weekends will ensure you get rid of your clutter pretty quickly, and that you actually get it done.

Recycle Electronics

If you have a lot of old electronics that you want to declutter, please do not throw them in the trashcan, where they will end up at landfill, leaking poisonous chemicals into the land which could harm wildlife and make the future tougher for our children. Recycle them instead. It’s possible to recycle everything from smartphones to batteries, and in some cases, you can even earn money for yourself or a favorite charity by doing so.

Decluttering Old Clothes

If it’s old clothes that you’re wondering what to do with, you have a number of options. If they are still in very good condition, you could sell them on eBay, Craigslist or similar or donate them to a local charity for resale. If they aren’t in the best condition, you could reuse them as cleaning rags or even to create your own rag rugs, sell them to a consignment store or have them recycled. There is no need to ever trash fabrics especially because companies like will recycle as much of your rubbish as they can for you. That means, even if there are no textile recycling options available in your local area, your clothes won’t end up in the trash and eventually at the dump where they do absolutely no one any good.

CDs, DVDs, and Books

The best thing to do with these media when you’re recycling is to simply sell them or donate them to a charity Depending on what they are, local libraries or schools may also be happy to have them, and it will keep them from going to landfill.


If you happen to have a lot of expired medications and supplements that you want to declutter, first check if your local area has a medication take-back program. If it doesn’t, you are going to want to either incinerate them or ask a local pharmacist if they can dispose of them for you because, if you simply throw them in the trash they could be eaten by pets or wildlife, and if you flush them, they will end up in our oceans.

It may take a little more thought to declutter in an earth-friendly way, but it is so worth it for the sakes of our children and our planet,