Last Updated: 18/01/2016 17:32:21 Tags: How To Keep Your Home Clutter Free
According to the Guardian the average Brit has over 3,370 cubic feet of his/her home full of items that they never or rarely use. Which is twice as clutter much as we used to have.
So what are the reasons for this growing problem in our homes? Many people view the clutter as being a symptom, a bi-product of a cheap consumerism, which I also feel could be a big cause.
Over the past 20 years the way in which we view clothing for example has really changed, we used to buy less and keep it for longer, partly because they were better quality and lasted longer and secondly because we were not so hung up on changing fashion trends, as we couldn’t afford to be.
There is a big price to pay for cheap products, not only in the exploitative labour practices but damage to the environment on every scale. Our consumer habits are having a huge negative effect globally.
Let’s take clothes industry for example; the rate in which we are buying clothes has increased exponentially in the past 20 years. We can no longer support the rate in which we want to produce cheap clothing – cotton growers cannot produce enough cotton, which means that they are having to spray their crops with expensive pesticides which often make producers ill as well as harming the soil and the environment in the process. Clothing waste is a huge issue, not only does it take years to decay, the chemicals in clothing as they decompose absorb into the soil and environment. Cheap dyes, leathers and so fourth are all causing harmful effects on those people who have to work with them but also their local environment. These are only a few of the negative effects our consumer habits are having on the world.
So if you would like to keep your home clutter free, stay away from cheap manufactured items and try to buy from local or from ethical stores, where you will buy less because they are more expensive, which means you will appreciate them more and they will last for longer.