Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi's Blog
Thankfully, the cold winter months are over, and you are ready to usher in the green spring season. Opening your windows and taking in warm fresh air after the long cold season gives you an indescribable feeling of joy. However, with the spring coming in, you realize how dirty, dusty and cluttered your house looks – from the long month of winter season spent indoors.
As delightful as the spring weather may seem, it comes with a lot of cleaning work. There’s this feeling in the air to clean everything around you and keep your environment looking fresh. It’s a good thing to want to keep your surrounding clean for optimal health maintenance and in preparation for summer. While having your spring clean-up, remember to make it as green as possible. Below are steps that ensure you have a green spring clean-up:
Going paperless is a great way to maintain a tidy environment. Too much paper litters your office, your home, and your surroundings. To go green, consider reducing your paper load, cut down incoming junk mail, set up online payments and billing to minimize paperwork. If you like to read, it’s best you read online. Doing this helps you reduce paper filing and having to keep track of endless paperwork.
With spring cleaning comes the need to throw away things you do not use anymore. Before you toss that box into the trash, sort it out. While recycling, look out for things that are still good and usable. Things like computers, old cell phones, newspaper, magazines, glasses, plastics, and VCRs are all recyclable.
Before disposing of that box, have a second look at things that you can reuse. Not all items have a second life, but some of them do. Go through your stuff; maybe there are useful things in there that you don’t have any idea what to do with at the moment. An old t-shirt would serve as a good cloth scrub for your bathroom and days-old newspaper for cleaning windows.
Make Your Cleaning Products
Deciding to make your household cleaners yourself is a great way to go green this season. Making use of natural cleaning agents like water, vinegar, salt, lemon juice, and baking soda is an effective way to keep your surrounding clean, safe and eco-friendly.
Conserving water reduces your carbon footprint and water consumption level. Turning off the tap while brushing, taking shorter showers or recycling water to flush the toilet are all great way to have a green spring clean-up.
Green spring clean-up might seem like a daunting exercise, but not to worry, the steps listed above would guide you through. You can use these same steps when preparing your home for visitors or staging it for an open house.