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As the world becomes increasingly conscious of the environment, more and more people are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet. One way that many people are doing this is by switching to environmentally-friendly energy sources. Many environmentally-friendly energy sources are available, but only some know about them. This blog post will discuss some of the most popular environmentally-friendly energy sources and how they work.

Current home design trends lean into neutral colors. While many people enjoy these neutral colors and find them calming, this trend isn’t for everyone. Some people (me!) love having pops of color around their homes but aren’t sure how to achieve it, especially in a sustainable way. Keep reading to learn about some easy ways to make your home more colorful and sustainable at the same time.

Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Colorful

Clothes dryers are one of those modern conveniences that are hard to live without, but the cost of owning one can be high. Electric dryers use a lot of energy to reach temperatures high enough to dry clothes, and the more you use one, the more energy it consumes.

5 Types of Clothing You Should Never Put in the Dryer

We all have those favorite clothes we wear so often that they get worn out over time. It can be frustrating when your favorite jacket or jeans get ripped or start losing buttons and zippers. But luckily, I have some helpful tricks to help you mend these clothes so that you can keep them forever. Here are three ways to repair worn-out articles of clothing.

3 Ways To Repair Worn-Out Articles of Clothing

Unless you're truly a minimalist, your linen closet is probably a bit of a mess. Maybe your towels are stacked nicely, but the sheets? Forget it.

One of the trickiest things about organizing a linen closet is that shelves don’t do a very good job of keeping things neat. Here are a few smart ways to organize a linen closet to maximize the space you have.

Smartest Ways To Organize a Linen Closet

When you recycle, you are doing your part to help conserve the world's resources. Another way to help: buy recycled (or upcycled) products and help create demand. They are often cheaper than their non-recycled counterparts, and they can be just as good or better in quality. So if you're looking for a way to do your part for the environment and save some money, buying recycled products is a great option. 

Fast fashion has a negative impact on the environment and is a major contributor to pollution. Thrift shopping is a sustainable alternative that helps to balance some of the many issues with fast fashion. Below, I’ve listed a few ways shopping at thrift stores helps the environment.

How Shopping at Thrift Stores Helps the Environment

Water is an important natural resource but boy, do we waste it. The primary reason is that for many of us, there is an abundance of it. However, if you've ever lived through a drought (and the water restrictions that go with it) you know what it means to curb water waste. It is also worth noting that wasting water doesn't help your water bills. Energy bills are already soaring, so the last thing you need is to be paying a costly water bill. Recycling water is one way to curb your usage. Here’s how you can do that:

It’s no secret that upcycling furniture can be extremely rewarding. But over the years, I’ve found that you want to avoid diving into projects headfirst without a plan. Without thoughtful planning, you’ll likely waste precious time, money, and resources, which is the last thing you want to do with a time-consuming project. To help guide you along that planning process, here’s what you should consider when choosing upholstery fabric for your next project.

What To Consider When Choosing Upholstery Fabric

Not long ago, tiny houses—though adorable—didn’t seem realistic. What’s driving people to purchase these small homes now? Some people love living the minimalistic and nomadic lifestyle that tiny homes have made obtainable. To learn more about why people are choosing to live the tiny-home life, continue reading.

Why People Are Choosing To Live the Tiny Home Life

When you’re investing in a new, possibly custom-made cottage-style home, there's a ton of potential for decorating with upcycled, vintage, salvaged, and thrifted items. There are so many possibilities to consider, given the more laid-back, elegant nature of the cottage lifestyle, and the interior design aesthetic that it inspires. To get your mind buzzing, here are six must-have items for any cottage-style home.

Photo by Annie Spratt

Perhaps it's the fresh air, the warmth of the sun, or the sound of the wind rustling the leaves. Whatever it is, there's no doubt that spending time in nature can improve our moods and our health. So why not bring some of that natural goodness into your home? In this blog post, we will explore 8 ways to make your home is one with nature!


Sometimes all we want to do is throw all of our unwanted stuff in the trash. Not a great decision though - it contributes to tons of unnecessary waste in our environment and in landfills. The truth is, there are easy ways you can declutter your home without hurting the environment. Here are 6 easy ways to declutter your home while staying eco friendly.

Photo by Chris Lawton 

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to move. You have to take inventory of everything you own, try to figure out how you can get everything together, and do it as cheaply and sustainably as possible. It’s a complicated process, but thankfully, there are ways to stay environmentally conscious during your move.

How To Stay Environmentally Conscious When Moving

If you want to live more sustainably, I recommend creating a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items or accessories that never go out of fashion and play a part in multiple outfits and social situations. When discovering what you need to know to create your own capsule wardrobe, it’s important to remember that the name of the game is quality, not quantity. Here are some of my favorite tips to help you get started.

What You Need To Know To Create Your Own Capsule Wardrobe

Whether your wool rug was sustainably handmade by artisans or thrifted from secondhand stores, time can make the vibrant patterns fade. Their beauty is what makes wool rugs so desirable, so keeping them looking brand new is worth the effort! If you’re caring for a family heirloom or trying to restore a vintage purchase, you can use these top tips on how to care for and clean your wool rugs.

Top Tips on How To Care for and Clean Your Wool Rugs

As the tiny-house movement gains momentum (and housing prices skyrocket), more people are looking for alternative housing options, especially if they're off-the-grid. A prefab cabin, for example, is one interesting option. If you're considering it, there are several things you need to keep in mind to ensure that you're getting exactly what you want and need. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Did you know that retractable awning can make your home more sustainable? Believe it or not, by using a retractable awning you can reduce your energy usage and help the environment. In this blog post, we will discuss how retractable awnings can make your home more sustainable and some of the benefits associated with them. We will also provide tips on how to choose the right retractable awning for your needs.


Thrift shopping in the summertime is so much fun because there are many good finds for the warmer months. You can even stock up on all your vacation and beach-going essentials. Here are three things to thrift for this summer season to get you started.

3 Things to Thrift for This Summer Season

Plastic is one of the most widely used materials in the world, and while it has many benefits, it also has a dark side. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our planet, and if we don't take steps to address it, the consequences could be disastrous. This article will explore the ways plastic contaminates the earth and what we can do about it.