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Organizing is very green

There are many things you can do when organizing and decluttering to “go green” and help our planet too. I’ve compiled a list of things you can easily do and incorporate into your daily routine…

1. Donate – This is a very clever way of tidying up and extending the life cycle of “things”. When you donate, you are really helping the planet and humanity.

2. Reduce size – Moving to a smaller carbon footprint is of course great for Mother Earth. How much space do we all have? In fact need?

3. Minimize – Keep items in your home to a minimum and you’ll reduce global production, fuel use, and exploding packaging. You’ll also be surprised at how much more visually appealing it is. Cleaner items will also be easier to find, use, maintain, and return to their proper places.

4. Reuse/recycle – Before you throw something away, ask yourself: “Can I reuse this somehow?” For example, maybe you can take a filing cabinet you no longer use and turn it into an office supply storage system. Or revamp the school desk Grandpa used to have in second grade and use it as a handsome end table.

5. Reuse/Use again – Let’s train our brain disposable to reusable for the health of our landfills. What can you keep reusing and using after one or many times?

6.Sell – When you sell items, instead of throwing away what you no longer love, use or need, you make the buyer happy, the economy healthier and the environment greener.

7. Shopping – Just buy that you need when you need it. This will help the earth, your personal organization and your pocket. Also, try shopping for second-hand items such as consignment, restorations, and estate sales. Buying what others no longer want is ecological and elegant.

8. SYSTEMS – Did you know that this acronym is “Saving you space, time, energy and money”? Many of our daily household tasks can become healthier habits for our environment, such as:

  • Laundry – Do full loads with cold washes and non-toxic chemicals.
  • food preparation – Shop local, plan your meals on a First-in, First-out basis and compost.
  • recycling – Take the time to check out your city’s recycling web page and create a recycling center in your kitchen and garage to coincide with city pickups.
  • paper processing – Go digital!

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