Eco-friendly de-clut­ter­ing

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

WE’RE al­ways try­ing to find ways to live a bit more eco-friendly.

But look­ing af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment doesn’t mean for­get­ting to look af­ter the pen­nies as well.

From buy­ing re­cy­cled kitchen pa­per to re-us­ing prod­ucts in other ar­eas of the home once they’re fin­ished with, there are lots of ways to help the en­vi­ron­ment wher­ever you can, and in­creas­ingly this can also mean more money in your back pocket as well.

When it comes to cre­at­ing some ecofriendly stor­age in the home, op­tions are ev­ery­where.

It doesn’t mat­ter whether you need ex­tra space in the bath­room, or you need a way to or­gan­ise pan lids in the kitchen, there are lots of clever and unique ways to re-use ev­ery­day house­hold items you al­ready have to cre­ate fan­tas­tic new stor­age so­lu­tions.

Here are some top tips for cre­at­ing new ecofriendly stor­age op­tions: ●● Hall­way

It’s im­por­tant to cre­ate a good im­pres­sion when some­one en­ters your home, but with muddy shoes and nu­mer­ous jack­ets, the en­trance hall­way is of­ten the hard­est area of the house to keep tidy.

So why not paint some crates and hang them up to use as shoe or bag stor­age? Or why not use a card­board wine box as a shoe rack? ●● Kitchen

Re-use your old wet wipe con­tain­ers as some­where to store plas­tic su­per­mar­ket bags.

These tubes can hold a sur­pris­ingly large amount of bags, and this keeps them dry and in one place, sav­ing space. ●● Bath­room

If you want a unique bath mat with a touch of the home­made feel, depend­ing on the size of mat you re­quire, you’ll need around 200 wine corks, some plas­tic liner, and a glue gun to con­struct a won­der­ful bath mat. Get cre­ative. ●● Bed­room

Hang hand­bags in the wardrobe by us­ing shower cur­tain hooks. This not only saves space in the bot­tom of the ward­room where hand­bags may be stored pre­vi­ously, but it also helps to pro­tect your hand­bags, keep­ing them in bet­ter con­di­tion for longer. ●● Garage

Keep large green bags for gar­den waste in the garage by in­stalling a kitchen roll holder. Such a clever idea - just make sure the roll holder is se­cured well as gar­den waste bags are a lot heav­ier than kitchen roll. ●● Gar­den

Need a way to or­gan­ise your ar­se­nal of gar­den­ing tools?

Nail off-cuts of pip­ing to the in­side of your shed or garage to hold rakes, brooms and other gar­den­ing tools to keep them in one place and easy to ac­cess. And if you still can’t make enough room for your items, there’s also another op­tion: self-stor­age. So if you feel the need to de-clut­ter your home, store some fur­ni­ture or clear out the hall­way be­fore de­sign­ing a new unique stor­age so­lu­tion.

For more tips to ‘go green’ visit www. safe­ blog/2015/03/go-greeneco-friendly-stor­ages­o­lu­tions-for-the-home

●● Shoe stor­age in the hall

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