Spring is here! The pollen is out and the air is brisk. If you are trying to go zero waste or just want to save a few dollars consider reorganizing your home. This is something I did when I first started going zero waste and it has saved me a ton of money, time, and helped me reduce waste.
So how can staying organized save you money?
Simple, you see exactly what you have and don’t over buy. It’s really easy to over buy certain products. For example, if you have an unorganized refrigerator you are more likely not to see all the food being stored which sets you up for major food waste. Likewise, you spend less on personal and cleaning products if you can find the products you need when you need them. Which leads you to waste less resources. You have no idea how many deodorants and hair care products I would go through before I went zero waste. I just always lost them and would have to replace them.
Here are a few tricks on getting organized that helped me a ton!
Start With Your Kitchen
For me, food waste was my biggest area of resource and money loss. Every time I threw away food I was throwing away money and natural resources. The first thing I did was buy glass containers from my local Ross, TJ Max, and Walmart. I bought mason jars in bulk to save money and got discounts on larger glass containers at Ross and TJ Max. Next, I bought chalk stickers and chalk. I used these to label all the jars. Lastly, I cleaned out everything in my pantry and refrigerated. I composted the rotten food, and put everything that was boxed into the jars and recycled the boxes.
The Refrigerator: After deep cleaning the refrigerator I put all the left over food into glass containers. You can use plastic if you like. I just always try to use glass because it’s more sustainable and better for the environment than plastic. But glass can be expensive so it’s a goal I had to work towards and buy little buy little. For the next week my husband and I ate left overs before cooking a new meal so that the food was consumed instead of wasted. We then changed our consumption habits and meal planning in order to waste less.
The Pantry: Putting everything in glass containers helps me see exactly what I need and makes it easier for me to not overbuy a product.
Cleaning Supply Area
I keep all my cleaning supplies in the laundry room so my next step was organizing my laundry room but this could also be your bathroom, your garage, under your sink, or wherever you choose to store your cleaning products.
I reused a plastic storage box I already owned and put all my cleaning products from around the house in that box. That way whenever I needed to clean I didn’t have to search around the whole house or buy a product I lost. Instead, it was easy and convection for me to clean and for my husband to also find the cleaning products.
Next, I talked all my personal care products. I keep all my personal care products in my room but most people keep them in the bathroom hence the title, Bathroom. So what I did was buy a small plastic storage dresser. If you don’t want to use plastic you can use vegetable crates, fabric crates, an up-cycled dresser, etc. I sorted all my personal care products into separate drawers. I have a drawer for hair care products and deodorant. Another for over-the-counter medicine, etc. This helps my husband and I save money buy not buying products we don’t actually need.
This is the last area we organized because it was such a big task for us. This kicked started the process of getting rid of old clothes. You can read about how to reduce and maintain a minimalist wardrobe here. Organizing all our clothes and shoes help keep us accountable on not buying clothes we didn’t need. If we needed a sweater we wouldn’t have to go out and buy a new one just because we lost ours.
Hopefully, these simple tricks and tips can help you stay organized, save money, and use less resources.
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