Spruce Up Your Home Sustainably this Spring

Spring is in the air and we are ready to get our homes ready as well! Why not ensure that your home is spruced up the sustainable way! APG&E shows how.

Are you finished with your spring cleaning? Are you looking to bring some new life into your home this season? For most of us, winter has come and gone, and we've got our eyes set on sunny days, warmer temps, and pops of color in and around our home. If you're anything like us, it's time to redecorate and freshen up your place. Here are some sustainable ways to get you started!

Plants and Flowers
One of the easiest ways to bring new life into your place is life! Plants and flowers are a great addition to any home, even if you don't have a green thumb. These
houseplants are easy to maintain, help improve your indoor air quality, and will add the perfect touch of color and brightness to your home.

Repurposing is a great way to de-clutter your home and will give our planet a chance to breathe a little better. Not only does it allow you to mix things up, but it's a great time to clean out and donate old items. If you no longer use it or it doesn’t serve a purpose, get rid of it - thanks,
Marie Kondo! You can fill glass bottles with colored sand or small pebbles to add pops of color as a new bookend or as an accent piece on your coffee table.

De-clutter Your Wardrobe
Donate your gently worn items to charity so they'll get a second life and help someone else in need. Any stained or torn shirts can be turned into cleaning rags to replace or reduce your use of paper towels. Green tip: get rid of those stinky mothballs by stuffing a pair of old socks with cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and whole cloves and just tie the ends!

Green Decor
If you like to switch out your home furnishings every season, try to find organic or recycled fabrics and furniture made from natural materials. Wall art is another good way to switch up your seasonal theme. Look for pieces that are handcrafted or use recycled metal and glass, sustainable and unique. Lastly, if you're in the mood to try out a new color in your home, give eco-friendly paint a try. These products are healthier for the planet; low-odor, free of toxic chemicals, and VOC-free. Check out the
eight best eco-friendly paints for a nontoxic home.

Natural Cleaners
You might have already gone gung-ho on doing a deep clean throughout your home, but now is a great time to explore some
natural cleaning solutions for everyday use. These will save you money and keep your home free of harsh odors and chemicals. Even better, you probably have most of these products already in your home. 

Have additional ideas? We would love to hear, or even see, how you plan to introduce sustainability into your Spring!

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