Limited on space? Or do you simply have too much stuff?
We all end up running out of space in our homes. No matter how much we try to cut down, we could always do with better ways to store our things. But finding new ways to save space can be hard, especially if you are are switching to an Eco-friendly lifestyle.
We are here to help. Read on for five ideas for Eco-friendly home storage.
Each year we throw away huge amounts of rubbish, but by re-purposing items that have outlived their usefulness, you can reduce waste and save a bit of money at the same time!
Most of us have got a few shoe boxes tucked away in our homes. Next time you have a clear-out, why not see if you can put them to use? Shoe boxes make excellent household storage containers and are the right size for collecting together your smaller items. Whether its craft supplies, winter clothing or beauty products, shoe boxes are the pretty much perfect for the job.
We live in a throw-away culture, but it is important to remember that most things can be repaired when they break. Next time a dresser breaks consider if you can salvage any part of it. Drawers can be installed in tall cupboards to add extra shelves, or shelves can be added to existing desks to make even more space.
A repair job is also a great way to add your own flair to your home – anything you repair and change will be unique to you.
Combining multiple items is a great way to save space and resources in your home.
One excellent option is to install your dish drying rack into a cabinet above your sink. This will free up space on your kitchen countertops, and save you time when it comes to doing the dishes. This is extra Eco-friendly if you normally put your dishes in a dishwasher, and getting rid of your dishwasher will save even more space!
Storage isn’t limited to boxes and drawers. Adding hanging storage is space saving and lighter on resources.
Compared with a traditional wardrobe an adjustable hanging rail takes up a fraction of the space, and is easier to move around. If you find yourself stacking cleaning supplies under your sink, then adding a tension rod is a great way to better use your space. Towels are another great example where they take up a lot of space horizontally stored, but almost none when hung.
5. Source Responsibly
When you are purchasing new, it is important that you think about the environment, and Eco-friendly materials.
Wherever possible, try to source furniture made of sustainable woods like bamboo. Bamboo is a renewable resource, and some bamboo species can grow as much as three feet in a single day! Not only is it fast growing compared to traditional woods, it is easy to harvest and starts growing again immediately.
So there you have it. These home storage ideas will help you you boost your home’s Eco credentials, and make life in smaller homes easier as well! Try to think is the most efficient use of your space, and look for ways to make use of it.
If you found this article useful, be sure to check out our other posts on saving space.