How to declutter your photo collection. Part 2 Responsible Disposal

Meet Chantal Imbach professional photo organiser and declutter expert, guest blogger and special guest presenter at our 2day women’s retreat in beautiful Hepburn Springs January 2020 Re treat Re store get organised for the rest of your life.

Like Eco Organiser® Chantal is passionate about looking after our planet, in her second guest blog Chantal shares her knowledge on how to responsibly dispose of unwanted photos.

How to Responsibly Dispose of Unwanted Photos

  • Printed photos

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Top 10 Tips to reduce food waste for a sustainable Christmas

Did you know reducing food waste not only saves money its good for the planet? When you chuck a wilted lettuce in your normal household bin, it ends up in landfill.

As there’s no oxygen in the depths of a pile of landfill rubbish, the bacteria helping to decompose your lettuce release methane instead of carbon dioxide. Methane is 28 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, over a 100-year period. Source ABC Science

Keep the faith, there are many ways to still enjoy the festive season and do good by the planet save money and enjoy a sustainable Christmas.

Ten Top Tips to reduce food waste for a Sustainable Christmas

  1. Plan meals and portions sizes

Christmas is the time we often overindulge then complain about the increase in our waist line, by planning our portions and serving on a smaller plate we are given the impression we have plenty to eat.

Planning the menu and meal planning, writing a shopping list and sticking to it is the best way to reduce food waste.

  1. Declutter your cupboards

Why buy what you already have? Declutter your cupboards and discover what’s lurking there, you may find just what you are looking for to finish that special recipe. Also, let your imagination run wild and try new recipes with the household staples.

  1. Check the freezer before buying more

With lots of food coming into the house, now is a good time to declutter your freezer, compost out of date food, and be on the look out for food you can use for Christmas.

  1. Ask guests their likes and dislikes

Stop guessing and ask your guests what they like, don’t like, check for allergies and dietary requirements. There is no point spending your time or money on food that won’t be eating

  1. Buy fresh local produce, it last longer

When we buy locally grown food, we are supporting our local farmers, the food has travelled less miles and generally fresh lasts longer when stored under the right conditions. In January 2020 Tanya is sharing her 30 years’ experience of sustainable living and 10 years as an Eco Organiser® with 10 lovely ladies at a 2-day women’s retreat in Hepburn Springs. Not only learning how to ethically declutter and live a more sustainable lifestyle you will be nourished by food that is grown no more than 15km from your plate.  To find out more visit Re treat Re store get organised for the rest of your life

 

 

  1. Store food at the right temperature

At Christmas we often try new recipes requiring ingredients that maybe foreign to us, if in doubt on how to store these new delights ask your butcher, fish monger, green grocer, cheese and dairy supplier. Prepare yourself for hot weather when shopping so ensure you have a cooler bag, esky, car fridge ready to your non-perishables.

  1. Keep it simple, why spend the day cooking!

Plan ahead and prepare any dishes helps keep things simple, giving you more time to enjoy the day. Choose quality ingredients over quantity and let the produce speak for itself, this helps keep it simple, reduce waste and saves you time.

  1. Compost food scraps and freezer leftovers

Compost any food scraps and to feed back into your garden, or feed pot plants on the balcony or window sill. When freezing leftovers ensure they are clearly labelled and dated to avoid turning into lost frozen deposits lurking in the freezer!

  1. Ask guests to bring an empty doggy bag for leftovers

No warm in asking guest to bring a clean reusable container.

  1. Recycle Food Waste with others

Check out Share Waste a great app for sharing your waste within your community, your leftovers may make a lovely Christmas surprise for the neighbour chooks. Want to recycle more? Check out Eco Organiser Useful Links there are over 100 ways to responsibly reduce, reuse and recycle waste and clutter.

 

 


Beeswax Wraps Help Reduce Food Waste

Beeswax coated wraps have been used to preserve food since in the seventh century when the Ancient Egyptians domesticated bee hives to harvest beeswax and honey. One of their uses for beeswax was to make waxed cloths which they used in the preservation of food.

In 1933 the first cling wrap was invented in America as a new use for a substance named Saran, originally discovered in by a worker at the Dow Chemical company. Although we don’t know how much plastic cling film has been sent to landfill and polluted our oceans, there is a natural way to preserve our food and reduce waste. Continue reading


How to get organised and live the life you want

Getting organised does not have to start at New Year’s, you can start now.

Why wait to set your resolutions; did you know, the top three new year’s resolutions are:

Get fit, lose weight and get organised.

With just over 2 weeks to Christmas, now is the time to rethink clutter and send it a new message

“2020 I am in control, not this STUFF!”

Invest time and rethink how you would like to see your home, office or career in 2020, will it be clutter free or just organised so you can find what you want when you want it?

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How to declutter your photo collection. Part 1

Meet Chantal Imbach Professional Photo Organiser, declutter expert, guest blogger and special guest presenter at our upcoming women’s retreat Re treat Re store in January 2020. We asked Chantal if she would be kind enough share her expertise of photo organising with us.

How to organise photo’s is the No 1. Question we are asked at our workshops, seminars and retreats. Here’s what she had to say.

Photos are one of the hardest things to declutter and let go of because they are so precious to most of us. As a professional photo organiser, I regularly come across very substantial digital photo collections, we’re talking 60,000 plus photos. And that doesn’t include the printed photos that most people still have.” says Chantal

Photos are just the same as any other item in our home. When there are too many and when it has become unmanageable, decluttering and organising is in order.”

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Top 10 tips for a Sustainable Christmas

Christmas can be stressful enough without the idea of more new stuff cluttering our homes, but what about our planet, how will Mother Earth cope with more new STUFF!

As Eco Organiser® writes this blog, stores are spruiking it’s less than 4 weeks to Christmas, their shelves are heaving with decorations and gifts for sale.

In other words they are saying – Buy Now! Consume! Don’t miss out! Continue reading


No 7. Reduce

Reduce is not just about reducing our consumption of plastic bags, bottles, single use cups. Reduce, comes into its own when we actively reduce the impact we have on the planet and lower our carbon footprint to stem climate change.

I am writing this from a hotel dining room in Sydney in semi darkest, the power has been turned off to parts of the city to reduce the risk of bush fires on a day NSW has never experienced before “catastrophic”. Continue reading


12 ways to prepare yourself to rid your life of clutter

How we prepare ourselves to rid our life clutter, is not as difficult as it sounds, and it super important for our success.

Clutter: Stuff that stops us from living the life we want

Let’s face it life is too short to be looking for STUFF, have you ever heard someone say from their death bed

“I wish I went to the IKEA sales”

it’s more likely to hear

“I wish I spent more time with my kids, family and friends”

“I wish I did that trip that I always wanted to do”

  1. Experience real life fun

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Stop the Greenwash

You may ask what is a greenwash, it’s not something you accidentally left in the washing machine and everything comes out green.

Greenwashing is the misrepresentation of a product to be eco-friendly, when it isn’t, often acting as a band aid or adding to our global waste problem.

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Seven top tips how to choose the right storage container, and eco organise your home

Choosing the right storage container over what is trendy or cheap and cheerful often leads to a greater investment in clutter. Rather than buy another piece of plastic why not rethink and repurpose things in your home, this helps reduce your carbon footprint?

Storage containers are not the answer to conquering clutter, another common mistake is buying storage before you start to sort and declutter. Once the files, papers, clothes, food and others items are sorted, organised and ethically decluttered, this is the time to look at storage, and not before.

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