Written by Valeria Frolova.
Do you remember that busy week of moving in? Numerous trips to target/Walmart/ikea, plastic containers full of clothes and shoes, body care products and cleaning supplies, piles of notebooks, pens and pencils…remember all that? Personally I want to forget that nightmare.
Each new academic year students spend hundreds of dollars on items for their dorm rooms and apartments without thinking about the negative impact all these items have on their personal health and the environment.
There are many reasons why you should transition your space from conversational to conscious:
- Protect the Environment! Furniture, decor items, and storage containers made of natural materials (like wood, cotton, wool, stone, and glass) are more durable. It means that you can still use these items even after graduation. If you wish to replace them with new things, that’s perfectly fine too! List your eco furniture items online for selling. You can even repurpose them. So many options but results are the same – no waste, no harmful chemicals, no threat to the environment!
- Save money! If you shop second hand, you can always find unique and less expensive things for your bedroom. If you a crafty person, consider DIY. Pinterest is filled with tutorials of handmade jewelry holders, bedside tables, bed frames, etc. Some of these projects are almost free to make, like DIY pallet bed frame ->
- Avoid harmful chemicals! Most of the furniture at your home probably contains toxins. They may negatively affect your personal health and/or may suggest allergy or asthma. It is important to keep an eye out for organic fabrics and natural materials.
The ways to affordably green space:
- Check out second hand options first. Whether online or in your neighborhood, there are always people who want to get rid of something.
- Shop thoughtfully. Do you really need that many things in your life? The more you buy, the more time you will spend cleaning, organizing, managing, and maintaining. “The goal of minimalism is not to remove desire entirely from my life. Instead, the goal of minimalism is to redirect my desires.”
- Share instead of buying. Most students have roommates in college so take advantage of it and share items like kitchen appliances, iron, hair dryer, etc.
- Take care of your stuff so you don’t have to spend money on replacing the broken items.