I adore the fun and excitement of the school holidays but having a house full of bodies and sticky hands can leave me with the urge to have a good clear out. Read on to discover Five simple ways to clean and declutter with Recyclezone
As soon as the small person is back to school, you will find me armed with mop and bucket and cleaning the house from top to bottom.
Along the way, I like to have a donation box at the ready for old clothes, books and toys which really do take up unnecessary space. A group of school Mums from the next village recently told me that they had set up a facebook group where they could sell and swap nearly new belongings. I thought that was such a great idea.
I usually have a lot of really beautiful items that I would love to send to a good home rather than leaving them lonely at a charity shop and not knowing their next move!
Some items are too valuable to giveaway and of course, if there is an option to make a spare bit of cash then why pass that chance up? We are always looking at ways to help the environment in our garden such as planting for pollinators, growing our own veg and of course maintaining our own compost. Today I thought I would share some tips and advice on how you can help the environment in your own home.
Here are Five simple ways to declutter and clean your home.
How many pairs of shoes do your family own that no longer fit you? I recently had a revamp of my Daughters wardrobe and found four pairs that she will no longer be wearing. Local clothing banks will accept shoes as donations and also most high street shoe stores have recycling points. Our local Clarks store introduced us to theirs for worn out school shoes. I was surprised with how much extra space I saved by getting rid of old shoes.
Is your crockery cupboard overflowing and disorganised with old plates, chipped mugs and mix-matched dinner wear? Decide how much of it you actually use and consider taking unused items to your local charity shop. One mans junk is another man’s treasure and mismatched china wear is in high demand these days for vintage events such as baby showers and afternoon teas. If you have a full set then why not sell it on a local facebook group, or send a quick email to a local event supplier. Failing those options, your local recycling point should have a dedicated p[oint. I once donated a pair of deep ceramic bowls to my local animal shelter.
Why not make some cash by scouting around the house for electricals that are no longer used. Perhaps you recently received a new mobile phone as a gift and want to make some cash on your old one? You could sell a Samsung Galaxy s6 or used iPhone for well over £100
Making a compost bin is a lot easier than you may think. Food waste can be recycled into making your own growing soil for the vegetable patch or rich compost for growing fresh flowers. Food waste such as veggie peelings and eggshells can be recycled, along with tea bags too. For a great example of how to compost then I highly recommend you check out Monty’s composting method.
We now have a fantastic vegetable patch and a really good system going in our garden which saves us money and produces fresh meals. Educating your family on how to recycle will make a huge impact on tomorrows children.
Magazines can be recycled easily at home with paper waste but have you thought about passing them down to neighbours or friends who may benefit from a read?
Some children’s magazines cost nearly five pounds these days and are discarded after being read. We save all of our fancy magazines for the doctor’s surgery and vets. They are always grateful to receive and I have a ton of free space left over in my lounge from messy magazine piles.
Many thanks for stopping by today. Do you have any items that you recycle regularly?
*Many thanks to Recyclezone for collaborating with MyModelMummy. All words, opinions and images are my own*