I don’t love this stuff anymore, how do I find good homes for unwanted stuff? When you fall out of love with objects, it does not mean they won’t organise, inspire and nurture someone else.
Whether you live in Australia, U.S.A, UK or beyond we have over 130 Useful Links to make it easy to find a charity or recycling facility that will turn your clutter into opportunities. Continue reading
Getting in touch with clutter does not mean going all Marie Kondo; touchy feely, but it does require an honest assessment of the true cost of clutter- loss of productivity, creates stress/anxiety, decreases sense of self control, negative impact on self-esteem, negative impact on health.
Solution: Get in touch with clutter
Ask yourself Do I like it and use it?
Does it add value to my work/life? Continue reading
Struggling to find a ways to celebrate a sustainable Christmas, without costing the earth, check out our top 20 tips for sustainable Christmas.
- Reusable gifts over disposable, example a beautiful refillable fountain pen
- Experiences over stuff- Movie tickets, days to together
- Repurpose- household paper and fabric for gift wrapping
- Make it, bake it, grow it- gifts, decorations- fill recycled jars with edible gifts
- Think and shop local- coffee vouchers for local café
- Recycled content- look for gifts with high recycled content
- 100 Food Mile- source food within your local area, enjoy a meat free Christmas
- Give the gift of time- hire a cleaner for a loved one, to free up time for good stuff
- Quality design over poor design and quality- generally lasts longer and repairable
- Read recycling labels- ensure your waste goes in the right bin
- Refuse excess packaging- look for products with less packaging, if you can’t avoid it, rethink how to reuse the packaging
- Accept it when someone tells you “ I don’t want a gift for Christmas, time with you is the perfect gift”
- Offer a helping hand- Gift your time and skills to help someone
- Reduce food waste- plan, plan and plan your menu and portions
- Walk between Christmas functions- leave the car at home, walk, ride a bike or take public transport
- Collaborative Consumption- rather than buy tools and toys join your local tool library or toy library
- Less is More- put money towards a one big gift rather than small things which clutter your home example: family holiday
- Sustain yourself- delegate chores and food preparation
- Preloved and fair-trade gifts
- Ask what people would like for Christmas, if you are uncomfortable asking play the detective and snoop.
Bonus tip: Offset your Christmas carbon footprint, check out https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx
Is there someone in your life that would benefit from a little decluttering and order, why not order a signed copy of our Tanya’s book STUFF OFF! Suffocated by clutter? Practical tips that won’t cost the earth to rid your life of clutter.
From all the team at Eco Organiser® we would like to wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to bringing more tips, ideas, workshops and webinars to you in 2019
The 10Rs© Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward
How do you feel when you hear Christmas carols playing in the stores already? Do you kick up your heals and skip around the store filling your basket with stuff? Or do you stick you head in a hole and try to forget about the stuff that is about to invade in your home?
In a recent survey they found that the average Australian family spent $963 per year on gifts, what is really scary, $620 worth of the gifts was considered “unwanted” other words CLUTTER!
Seriously how much soap on a rope or undies do you really need? Continue reading
We choose to bring things into our lives and homes to make us feel loved, secure, attractive, healthy, wealthy and wise. But how much of this stuff truly makes us feel loved and secure?
- Is it living up to my expectations?
- Is it delivering my hopes and dreams or is taking control of my time and space?
Decluttering creates a sense of confidence and self-efficacy (seeing yourself as competent). Source: Psychology Today
Clutter robs us of time, space and energy, so why not turn our clutter into opportunities. The association between Eco Organiser® and ReStore Habitat for Humanity goes back some eight years, promoting them as a place to donate quality items and shop, to the 6000+ that have attended or by donating a $1 from the sale of our book STUFF OFF.
After such a long association it was time to catch up with the Russell Croxford, ReStore Manager of Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
I started by asking what drives his team to do what they do and the benefits to society and our planet? Continue reading
In our busy lives, who has time to waste looking for things we need and want?
Stand in your laundry and take a good look around then,
List 5 things in your laundry that save time and why Continue reading
In our busy lives, who has time to waste looking for things? When we need to be heading out the door in the morning, we need an organised bathroom to shave, shower and get sorted.
Standing in your bathroom look around and list 5 things that save you valuable time
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With Christmas being the time of giving, eating and stuffing our homes with more stuff, now is the time to take the clutter bully by the horns and tame it. Create space for more (hopefully) good stuff to come into your home. Continue reading
Not everyone has a massive walk-in robe where clothes can hang all year around. Some have a “floorobe” instead of a wardrobe, where clothes take up most to the floor space. Making it difficult to find what you want, when you want it.
Letting go of unwanted clothes allows us to see what we love to wear and stops that vicious clutter cycle of “I couldn’t find it, so I bought another” or “I forgot I had it, so I brought another”
Having an organised wardrobe will save time, space, money and help to reduce the carbon footprint of what we wear.
Did you know?
6000kg of clothing and textiles go to landfill every 10 minutes in Australia!
When it comes time to donate unwanted clothes, it is always best to check with your local clothes charity and ask what can and can’t be donated. Continue reading