By Larraine Roulston:
Most people are happier once they start to simplify their lives and adopt eco-friendly practices. However, making too many changes to your living space all at once may seem a rather daunting task. Instead, take your time to scrutinize each room individually, and soon you will experience energy savings, waste reduction, less indoor pollution, and freedom from unnecessary clutter. As space will not allow every room to be covered adequately in one article, “Room by Room” will be a series of ideas and tips to transform your home one room at a time.
GREENING A BEDROOM
I expect the easiest room to tackle first is a bedroom, where even here opportunities abound to recycle, compost, achieve energy efficiency and rid yourself of clutter.
- By using LED lighting, you will save energy. In addition, wipe light bulbs from time to time, as they will be more energy efficient than if they are covered in dust.
- Bundle up all unwanted clothing and other apparel for charitable donations, or take them to consignment shops. Be sure to retain several sweaters to wear in layers when temperatures drop. If you are yearning to change some of your wardrobe as well, host a clothes-swapping party.
- Save water and energy by laundering bedding sparingly. If you do not have form-fitting sheets, replace the bottom sheet with the top sheet each time you change your bed.
- It is healthier to let your bed air every day rather than make it up upon rising. When discarding worn bedding, take the sheets to animal shelters, then use your power of purchase to buy organic cotton replacements. If you are about to replace your mattress, some areas will recycle them. This now is your chance to discover healthy mattress options such as http://naturelleorganicbeds.ca.
- Give your bedside waste basket an audit as well. Check out each item and decide if there is an alternative for it. Used facial tissues, for example, are accepted along with food scraps in municipal green bin collections where organics and yard trimmings are taken to a large composting facility. When a tissue box is empty, it can be flattened for recycling. Ensure that your recycling collection system will accept the attached plastic film also.
- Examine your jewelry box. High percentages of cadmium have been discovered in some bracelets, necklaces and earrings. If an infant in your arms grabs glittery beads and puts them into his/her mouth, it could mean a trip to the hospital. As safe and sturdy as some jewelry appears, it may not be suitable for a toddler to use as a rattle either. As well, young daughters who have a collection of inexpensive jewelry in their bedrooms could also be at risk.
- That handful of hair from cleaning your hairbrush can be composted.
- It is estimated that we spend one-third of our lives in the bedroom. There are eco-friendly paints, furniture, decor and scents such as sprigs of lavender to help you sleep.
Next room on the agenda will be the bathroom.
Larraine authors children’s adventure books on www.castlecompost.com