The 10R’s© No 3. Refuse
Refusing items that don’t add value to your life guarantees less clutter enters our life, home or office. But let’s be honest, it can be difficult to refuse the bargain, buy one get one free, miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime.
What’s a bargain if it’s never used, takes up valuable storage space, money to service, time spent caring for it, yet never used? The answer: Clutter
Generally speaking, offers of buy one get one free are cheaper, poor quality items; personally, I have never seen, buy one get one free when it comes to luxury sports cars, or designer labelled clothes.
It’s not just bargains that clutter our homes and impacting our planet, what about junk mail, excess food packaging, single use containers-such as take away cups and containers, just to name a few. With waste management becoming a global issue, it’s time to rethink how many promotional coffee mugs, sample pots of face cream or merchandise do we need?
Ten Top Tips to Refuse Clutter
- Single use takeaway/takeout cup, plastic bottle, cutlery, napkin, bag, straw and container
- Fridge magnets are visual clutter and non-recyclable.
- Promotional and shopping bags made from plastic and synthetic fibres
- Excess packaged items
- Buy one get one free- Black Friday Sales-EOFY Sales
- Junk mail, promotional items
- The hype that stuff simplifies life.
- Goods made from unsustainable and unethical means.
- Anything that does not add value to your life and limits your ability to live the life you want.
- To give up on clutter and waste
Did you know it takes 2.2 litres of water to produce 1 tissue?
Practical Approach to a Sustainable Future
We are human, and won’t always remember our reusable kit (reusable cup, bag, straw, cutlery etc) when leaving home, sometimes finding the keys and money is enough of a challenge.
Practicality of refusing items is not always possible, parents flying with young children and babies, loaded with prams and bags, then adding a reusable kit for a family could be the tipping point to a great trip or hell.
Likewise, arriving at your favourite café only to discover you have left you reusable cup at home or back at the office. Consider sitting down and savour your coffee, ask the café do they have a reusable cup scheme or encourage them to start one.
As an Eco Organiser® I visit homes cluttered with reusable items, with clients saying “I feel guilty when I forget my cup, so I buy another” or “I could not find it, so I buy another” Feeling guilt or hoarding clutter and waste is not a sustainable practice, rather concentrate on refusing or reusing one item and work from there, the key is not to beat yourself up for not living up to your “sustainable standards”. Sustainable change comes through practical practices, reducing waste and refusing things that don’t add value our lives leads to a happy sustainable future.
The 10R’s© Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward