Cleanse your apartment and your habits for a more eco-friendly spring.
It’s coming on springtime, which means spring cleaning… for your carbon footprint.
I’m not talking about transforming your yard into a massive garden or throwing away all the appliances that are bad for the environment. Rather, I encourage you this spring to adopt a Marie Kondo-mindset to your habits and devices that may be harmful to the environment. Truly, springtime is the best time to do this.
Spring cleaning for me used to be a 100% physical process. That all changed last year when I started juggling an 8 a.m. – 5 p.m job, writing in my spare time, keeping-up my own apartment, and trying to maintain a social life.
What was once an itemized list of to-dos and purges became a mental list of thoughts and actions to maintain a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Instead of checking-off my to-do list, I checked-in with myself. I started with these introspective questions:
- What is giving me stress?
- What makes me feel energized and excited?
- How am I hoping to inprove this season?
- Which things do I need to do less of this season?
Some answers to those questions were physical. The messiness of the closet, the disarray of shoes by the front door, and the grime on the bathroom’s tiled floor all elicited a physical groan from me every time I looked at it. But, I discovered that my chief grievance was the feeling that I had not enough time to do the things that brought me joy and spend too much time saying “yes” to things I did not want to do.
This year, in addition to checking-in on my emotional messiness, I want to take an environmentally-conscious approach to spring cleaning. After a little research and quality “me time”, I came up with this list of things anyone can do this spring that will promote a happier you and a healthier environment.,
1. Let in the natural light.
Open your blinds, throw back the curtains, and take in the sunshine. As the days get longer, make a conscious effort to keep your lights off for longer during the day, and only keep turn on the lights in the room you’re currently in.
2. Go to your local farmer’s market.
Before you go to your superstore for groceries, make a trip to your local farmer’s market. You might think you’re getting a deal on those two-for-one spinach packages, but the environment is paying the price.
Eating local is one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. By aiming to get most of your groceries at the local market, you’re not only shaking the hand that feeds you, but you’re also doing well by the planet, too.
3. Cook what’s in season.
Springtime to many is about planting the seeds for autumn harvest. However, there are several delicious produce items that are in-season in March and April, including artichokes, mushrooms, pineapple, and leeks.
4. Clean with hand towels, not paper.
It’s tempting to clean your apartment or home with paper towels, but as long as every small step counts, so does each piece from the paper towel. Instead, put on some washable gloves, grab a few hand towels, and wash them all when you’re done.
5. Swap chemicals for home cleaners
In any supermarket, you can find a slew of different soaps branded for specific functions. When in fact, the only cleansers you need for most of your spring cleaning sit in your kitchen. Baking soda, vinegar, and a few other common ingredients will make your home as clean as any marketplace product will, and with less p
As more resource emerges about the carcinogens and toxins in marketplace cleaners, you should seriously consider the long-term benefits of using natural cleaners.