9 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home Makeover

9 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home Makeover

When it comes to the design of your home, both the style and décor can make all the difference in establishing your personality and inviting others into your private space. But if you want to make your living space as eco-friendly as possible, there are some tips you need to remember while getting your home remodeled or decorated. 

These nine eco-friendly decoration tips will also help you create a stylish and sustainable atmosphere!

1) Use up what you have

A great way to reduce your carbon footprint is by reducing the amount of stuff you have. The fewer things you have, the less it will cost to transport goods and product packaging materials. 

If you're looking to start with a small space, such as a bedroom or living room, you can start with what you already own. Clean out closets and remove clothes that are no longer being worn.

2) Repair something before throwing it away

Many things can be repaired rather than thrown away. If your child's favorite toy has a broken hinge, it might need some super glue and patience to make it as good as new. The same goes for other household items, like loose handles on drawers or cabinets, wobbly tables, cracked dishes, and more.

3) Recycle everything you can

Use reusable bags, cups, and straws to eliminate as much paper and plastic as possible. Throw away your plastic produce bags, cloth grocery bags will work just as well. 

Reuse cereal boxes to store other food items in the kitchen or pantry. They make significant receptacles for homemade granola bars or dried fruit snacks! Repurpose old jars into drinking glasses or vases with a bit of paint and some creativity!

4) Swap out what you don't need

Get rid of anything that doesn't serve a purpose. For example, get rid of your TV if you don't use it. If you have so many dishes and cups that you don't know what to do with them, give some away to friends and family members. 

Declutter your closets by making piles: keep, give away, sell. When deciding what to keep, consider the following: how often will you use it? What is its quality? How much space does it take up?

5) Buy secondhand (or borrow!)

Buying secondhand is a great way to save money, be eco-friendly and find some treasures. For example, you can buy used furniture from the Salvation Army or Goodwill or borrow items from friends and family. 

You can also search Craigslist and Kijiji for deals on appliances, lamps, and more.

6) Buy eco-friendly furniture or products

You don't have to spend much money to start greening your home. Buy eco-friendly furniture and home goods. Look for items made with sustainable materials, like bamboo and cork, which can be recycled or composted. 

Many retailers sell products made from recycled materials and other environmentally friendly materials, such as IKEA's ÄPPELA line of kitchenware.

7) Choose eco-friendly paint colors

Choosing eco-friendly paint colors is a great way to incorporate green design into your home. There are many options to choose from, but the one that stands out the most is Benjamin Moore's Paints' Simply White. This color is perfect for those who want a fresh, clean look or want to make their space more open and airy.

8) Sell unwanted items online instead of donating them

Donating items you no longer need or want to a charity is a great way to help the less fortunate. But if you want to make money, consider selling your unwanted items online instead. Many sites allow you to list your items and set the price they will sell. 

Then, if someone purchases one of your items, the site will send them directly to you so you can ship it off with their purchase.

9) Remodel your bathroom – most showers use 60% less water than they did in the 1990s!

I need more time to remodel my bathroom! But you can still reduce your water usage and make other eco-friendly changes. For instance, replacing your showerhead with a low-flow or water-saving model will cut the amount of water you use in the shower by up to 60%. You could also replace old, inefficient faucets with new ones. 

In addition to these quick fixes, there are many other ways to make your home more eco-friendly.

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