The arrival of spring means out with cold weather and in with warm days and budding flowers. At home, it’s the season for de-cluttering closets and finally dusting those hard-to-reach corners. As you stumble upon old items and prepare for days and nights outdoors, find the best ways to save money and recycle this season.
Reduce, reuse and recycle.
We’ve all had moments when we wonder if an old item should be thrown away or kept in the garage, ‘just in case’. If you’re environmentally conscious or just looking to try something new, recycling and upcycling are both convenient options.
Reducing, reusing and recycling can help your community and the environment by saving money, energy and natural resources. Reusing items is fairly simple, it usually just takes finding a similar use for an item’s originally intended purpose. For example, reusing plastic or glass bottles, jars and cans are a go-to for many instead of purchasing traditional Tupperware containers.
The EPA has great resources and ideas on how to reduce and reuse, including buying used instead of new, looking for products with less packaging and repairing items instead of tossing them out.
Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. Upcycling is a more fun and creative way to reinvent old items and give them new life. With basic tools and a little imagination, you can turn old magazines into a colorful wreath or glass jars into candle holders or lanterns.
Old clothing, wine corks and CD spindles are an upcycling favorite. You probably have these items at home and can easily give them a fresh look. No need to worry if you’re not crafty, Planetsave.com has lots of ideas to use for inspiration.
Catch the springtime sales.
Stores know what their customers are up to during the spring months, that’s why April and May are the best time to invest in home appliances and cleaning supplies like vacuums, mops, coffee makers and blenders.
As stores make room for summer collections, late spring is also a great time to shop for dresses, shorts and sandals for the family. While large retailers may have what you need, consider shopping locally to support your community instead. You’re likely to find one-of-a-kind clothing and you may even get a better discount on essential spring purchases. After Memorial Day rolls around, you can expect deals on home décor and furniture.
However you decide to upgrade your home this spring, make smart purchases by shopping locally and being resourceful with what you already have. Consider alternative uses for old items and keep an eye out for sales to get the most out of spring and summer this year.