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Top tips for the spring clean – without spitting on the environment

Tis the season, well almost anyway, for the once a year purge of our personal belongings in the pursuit of living a more #blessed life.

I am, of course, talking about the spring clean. I have no idea of the origins of why it’s called the spring clean, I’m sure that Google can provide you with the answers you seek, but it does seem like it’s the perfect time of the year to get a little organised. The weather is getting warmer, and since the sun is finally starting to pole its head around the clouds, you’re feeling like you can wear something other than the perpetually stained track pants you so love and adore. 

Environment is key to feeling better and launching yourself into the warmer months of the year.

There are many ways to go about the great purge. Sure, you could just hire a giant skip bin and throw all of the belongings you don’t need or want anymore and shut your eyes and plead ignorance. But that would make you a bad human, and such behaviour would make the environment really mad.

So… here are our top tips for a conscious spring clean this #shittogether season.

1. Clothing

Like we said, you could just throw out the things you don’t need or wear anymore, but there is no ‘away’. If you throw something out, it’s most likely going to end up in the ocean. A crude way of explaining it sure, but it’s the basic gist of it.

Why not start by going through your wardrobe, taking photos of the clothes you no longer need or want, and posting those bad boys on facebook.

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

This will definitely make a dent in your pile, and why not follow it up with approaching shelters, or other organisations who work at assisting people in need, and make sure the jumper you bought a month ago which you regretted immediately and therefore never wore because green is not your colour, lands in the hands of someone who needs it. 

2. Food

It is an extremely satisfying process cleaning out your fridge and pantry. Firstly, everyone should be engaging with some sort of composting system for their food waste anyway, and if you’re not, now is a good place to start.

Don’t have the room, the means, or the expertise? Why not contact the good folks from Feedback Organic and ask for some advice. Dave and the team are the experts in turning food waste into something that will make any garden sing, so why not use the first week of spring as an excuse to do something great for the environment. 

3. Random miscellaneous belongings

Everyone has them. A random fan you never used, tucked away dusty in a corner, a broken skateboard, that bed in the spare room that you never use and now it’s just taking up space. Don’t be lazy kids and just throw this stuff out.

Because someone, somewhere, somehow, will love whatever it is you’re throwing out. Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace are your very best friend. Take some Insta-worthy pics and slap those bad boys online. You’ll make some extra cash and you’ll make someone else who was desperately seeking a perfectly good working fan, very happy. 

4. Books

This is a tough one, but with some bookseller inside info you’ll be a little more successful when trying to find a new home for your books.

Firstly, don’t ever dump and run. Ever. It’s not nice, or fair, or remotely polite and not to mention it’s also illegal. Now that’s out of the way, do your research. What kind of books do you have, and what kind of books does your local bookseller sell?

You have to remember that your local bookstore is a business, and they really don’t want your encyclopaedias from 1981 because just like you, no one else wants them.

Don’t expect bucket loads of money, or even any money for your pre-loved books. Unless you’re dealing in the rare and hard to find categories, donations and store credit are what you’re really looking at here. Whatever you do, don’t throw them out. Books deserve to be loved, and cherished, and will outlive us all. 

5. Electronics

We all have a bunch of electronics hidden around the house that no longer work anymore. But what to do, what to do, what to do? Again, do your research. Jump online to Planet Ark as your first point of call and see what can and cannot be recycled.

Many local retailers also manage electronics recycling stations, Officeworks is a great one, which also makes things pretty easy and will make your house, a much more comfortable home. 

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.