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14 Eco-Friendly Living Tips to Simplify Your Home & Life

The following is a list of 14 tips to help you develop more eco-friendly living habits at home, starting today.

A few years ago, my oldest daughter and I took a mission trip to Haiti. While we were there, we learned that the people of Haiti often use what scarce material goods they possess until those items are falling apart. Most of us here in the US get rid of our presumably worn-out sneakers at a point where many people living in places like Haiti, would just be breaking them in.  

This experience changed my thinking about our own family’s consumption rate of material goods. With respect for the people in this world who lack the most basic resources needed just to survive, we now try to use our material goods more mindfully.

Consequently, it is this same mindfulness that significantly affects our overall impact on the environment. Use this list of eco-friendly living habits to help you develop new habits at home and become a more conscientious consumer.

Eco Friendly Living


Place recycle bins in easily accessible locations to make it easier to toss recyclables into. See if you can adjust your trash and recycle service to encourage your family to recycle more. We now have a large recycling dumpster and a small trash bin, instead of the other way around.


Reduce junk mail by calling 1-888-567-8688 or visiting to remove your name from mailing lists. Go paperless with things like monthly bills and statements. 


Do you shop more than what is needed or bring home things that you don’t end up using? Start thinking more carefully about your shopping habits, use this list of Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Buy”, to help you make better decisions about what you put in your shopping cart.  


While recycling is inarguably a good thing, reducing, – in other words, shopping, and consuming less is always better than recycling. We will be doing the greatest good by living lighter in our homes and on the planet. Changing our consumption habits is one of the most effective ways to practice eco-friendly living.


Don’t let stores and advertisements coax you into making unnecessary purchases. Only you know what you truly need. Watch for FOMO ads that purposely make you feel like you’re going to miss out on the last good deal. Remind yourself that it is never the last good deal, there will always be another one around the corner so it is ok to hold off until you are sure you need the item in question.


Use caution when buying perishables in bulk, because you risk food expiring before it gets used. Resist the urge to go overboard on stocking up your pantry. You will forget what you have if you have so much that you need to store your food in multiple locations in your home. According to, the US discards more food than any other country in the world: nearly 40 million tons – 80 billion pounds – every year. Choosing to purchase organic, locally grown food, is another great way to practice eco-friendly living habits.

If you shop at bulk food stores like Sams and Cosco, shop frugally and mindfully. Those stores are wizards at convincing shoppers to buy lots of oversized products that only end up expiring before they are consumed.


Not only does it cost more to use these products, but you can reduce the amount of waste you produce with washable cutlery, cups, plates, etc. Purchase products that come with less packaging and limit your use of things like disposable cleaning products, disinfectant wipes and paper towels. A regular coffee maker is more eco-friendly than a Keurig that requires the daily, single serving use of disposable coffee pods.  A reusable mop is better for the environment than a Swiffer mop that requires the use of disposable pads.


Takeout food often comes with a lot of paper waste. Minimize how often you get take-out food or ask the restaurant to use your reusable containers. Opt for glass food storage containers over plastic ones. Glass is safer for the microwave, lasts much longer and will not stain like plastic. Swap out more eco-friendly canvas bags for your groceries instead of using plastic or paper bags. Keep the canvas bags in your car to ensure that you will have them when you need them.

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According to, an estimated 1,500 plastic bottles end up as waste in landfills or are thrown in the ocean every second. Also, most bottled water sold is made with the same tap water we drink from the faucet. If you dislike the taste of your tap water, use an inexpensive water filtering system like Brita. If you purchase coffee from a coffee shop, provide your own coffee cup.



By purchasing secondhand items you’ll be supporting local charities in addition to saving items from ending up in the landfill. By reusing commodities instead of purchasing new products, we are practicing resourcefulness by not wasting our material goods. On the other hand, we support the mass production industry each time we acquire something new.

Conscientiously discard of the things you no longer use by donating or selling your used goods. “One man’s trash is another mans treasure,” so place these things into the hands of someone else who can utilize and appreciate them. 


Do you feel tightly bound to the material possessions in your life? If so, you may be able to gain a more balanced perspective by watching the Netflix documentary, The Minimalists created by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. This film is NOT just for those wanting to become a Minimalist. It is for anyone wanting to learn to live free from the constraints of material wants.

I just recently finished reading “Make Space For Happiness” by Tracy McCubbin, this is a great read for anyone wanting to change the relationship they have with their stuff. She teaches others how to stop attracting clutter.  Tracy owns a successful professional organizing business located in Los Angeles.


Natural cleaning solutions like vinegar and baking soda can be very effective cleaning agents. They are an excellent alternative to the harsher more toxic cleaning products that you purchase. They are less expensive and there are no toxic fumes to inhale. Vinegar, slightly diluted with water, works miracles on most surfaces. This list includes; windows, sinks, countertops, microwaves, showers, faucets, and more. Baking soda is great for cleaning toilets, ovens, and showers.

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Plants are not only beautiful, but they also purify the air you breathe in your home. They improve air quality by naturally converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.


Go through closets, storage spaces, and cabinets. Declutter and donate everything that is not useful, meaningful, or does not contribute to the beauty of your home. Also, let go of anything that you have too many multiples of. Do you really need 12 spatulas or 35 coffee cups? 

Decluttering will offer the added benefit of feeling more organized and lighter while living in your home. The clutter in our homes and in our minds are often bound together, and one directly affects the other. So when you declutter, you clear the clutter in your mind as well.  Decluttering your home can have numerous benefits for your physical and mental well-being. For more tips on how to live a simple, more eco-friendly and sustainable life, read my post:

“17 Most Effective Ways to Simplify Your Home & Life.”



“Simplify your material world to create space not  just around you but inside you”

–Shauna Niequist, Author


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The Simple Daisy Organizing
Laura Coufal

About Laura

I  am a Southern California turned small town, Midwest Mom. I am wife to Bruce and mom to my three girls.

Back when I first started my organizing journey in 2013, I had what I thought of as a dirty little secret. I have ADHD and although I am organized, and enjoy the process of sorting, and tidying. I knew that there were many others with ADHD who really struggled with staying organized. I had a case of imposter syndrome and mostly kept the fact that I had ADHD to myself. That is until I learned that there are other successful professional organizers who have also learned to compensate for their ADHD.

I eventually realized that my need for order and simplicity actually stems from having ADHD as a way to compensate for my short attention span. So my gifts and my challenges are all ironically tied together to create who I am,  and I am able to relate to and help others as a result of this coping method that I have developed for myself.

I help women and moms with ADHD, but I also help those who struggle with clutter without having ADHD.  Because simplicity and less clutter are always at the heart of staying organized, there is much overlap when it comes to finding solutions to clutter and disorganization.

I am dedicated to keeping my life as simple as possible and to helping others do the same by teaching them how to declutter their homes, simplify their lives, and manage their busy families better.

I have been helping others stay organized since 2013.

It is my deepest hope that you will find resources here that will bring you closer to living a simpler, more intentional, and more peaceful life. 

always have



in your space…

…but let it be

as simple

as a daisy

in a vase.


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