AT On: A Green Quality of Life

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

This morning, my neighbors were working in their backyard and listening to music — some really rusty, sweet jazz, which was loud enough to drift in through my open window.

It was a pretty simple thing and totally serendipitous, but somehow it changed everything about my day, for the better. And I think, in some ways, greening your home should work in that same way.
Making your home green is first about doing the best thing for the earth, but it should also improve your quality of life.

As you remove toxic materials from your home, or cook organic meals, or start composting, or even just recycle more meticulously, you should feel a change in your home — a real touchy-feely, mumbo-jumbo-ey kind of shift.

In my experience, it can be very subtle but also very powerful.

I recently spent some time sifting through all the old cleaning supplies under my sink. I separated the good from the bad, looked into the hazardous waste removal service in Berkeley, and made a list of the non-toxic cleaners I might need. It took less than 30 minutes, but it changed something: I feel better in my kitchen now that that stuff is on its way out.

This morning, I loved being in my apartment: It had something to do with the music, but it also had something to do with the way I now think about, and care for, the space I occupy.

Sometimes making green decisions takes a bit of effort, and a little investment of time and money. But I do think, especially on mornings like this one, that it pays off on a personally tangible level, in a way you might not expect.

In other words, it’s been a good day.

How does greening your home make you feel? Have you noticed a change in your quality of life?

Image: (Not my kitchen, but I wish it was) via tannie annie on flickr

(Re-edited from a post originally published on 08.17.2007)