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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Sustainable Hair Salon Winning the War on Waste

Ever heard of a Sustainable Salon? I had never heard of one until a new salon Red Hill Hair Studio on the Mornington Peninsula opened its doors. I was drawn by a sticker on the window advertising a recycling system, being an Eco Organiser® I just had to know more, so I popped in and had a chat.

I was soon to  discover there are many salons under the Sustainable Salon banner in Australia and New Zealand, recycling chemicals, hair, metals, paper, plastics, razors, tools and more. Continue reading


How to recycle your fridge

things to rethink before buying a new one

After 25 years of good service it was time recycle an old refrigerator.  

The refrigerator came into my client’s home as a 2nd hand unit, so we think it serviced them well. Dumping e waste to landfill is not on, apart from that illegal and a waste of resources. Let’s not even go there with fly tipping and dumping on the roadside for others to deal with, or dropping it off a bridge in Spain!!

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happy homes

Happy Hearts Happy Homes

how to mindfully organise your home and life

Filling voids in our home and holding onto stuff that does not make us happy is not rational, likewise buying something which does not add value to our lives does not make sense either.

It’s not uncommon for people fill a void in their life- toys for children when a marriage has broken down, holding onto study notes when they are obsolete or easily accessible online, buying the latest sauces, packets of herbs to fulfill your desire to be a cooking diva.

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What happens to your stuff when it loses its purpose?

How to find good homes for your unwanted stuff

When objects and stuff that helped organise, inspire and nurture us no longer add value to our lives, they become clutter. When this happens, it does not mean they are useless, valueless or lose their value or purpose to others.

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Clothes

What to do with all that stuff you have been decluttering

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We don’t all have massive walk-in robes where clothes can hang all year around.

Some have a ‘floordrobe’ instead of a wardrobe (sound like the kids’ room ever?). Clothes take up most to the floor space, making it difficult to find what you want, when you want it.

If this all sounds familiar, you are not alone. According to the Gumtree Second Hand Economy Report, 89% of Australians have unwanted items at home and a staggering 50% admit to throwing them in the bin.

Having an organised wardrobe will save you time, space, money and help to reduce the carbon footprint of what you wear, and stops that vicious clutter spiral of ‘I couldn’t find it, so I bought another’ or ‘I forgot I had it, so I brought another’.

But once you’ve gone through your wardrobe (and the kids’ floordrobe), what are you supposed to do with all those unwanted clothes?

READ:5 ways to get your children to help tidy up

What do clothes cost the environment?

Did you know?

  • 3 years is the average lifespan of a garment
  • It takes 30-40 years for nylon blend fabrics to biodegrade
  • 47% of the chemicals used in cotton farming are classed as either Possible, Likely or Probable known human carcinogens.

Responsible disposal

Responsible Disposal starts with finding options other than adding your unwanted clothes to landfill.

Want to make some money from all that leftover stuff? Why not host a garage sale? Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest weekend of garage sales and is happening on October 19 & 20 in 2019. Registrations officially open in August but you can pre-register now.

Another favourite is Wear for Success. They provide professional clothing and work skills training to people to give them the best possible chance of achieving their dreams. Wear for Success commenced in 2011 and is a not-for-profit organisation run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Since then they have helped more than 2500 people needing support on their journey back to work.

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.

Here are a few guidelines to consider:

What cannot be donated?

  • Worn and soiled clothing, footwear and accessories
  • Clothes that don’t make the grade can be recycled through SCR Group, click here to find a location near you

How best to donate clothes?

  • Cleaned and ready to wear
  • In good repair
  • Packaged in sturdy bags

READ:6 life lessons decluttering can teach your children

How to keep your wardrobe sustainable

Now that you’ve decluttered and gotten rid of your old stuff without sending it to landfill, what’s next?

  • Invest in good-quality clothing in colours and styles that suit you.
  • Restyle existing pieces.
  • Hire a personal fashion stylist to get the most out what you have
  • Rethink reusable clothing, why not hire clothing for special occasions
  • Take care to store your clothes correctly to increase their lifespan.
  • Skip the man-made fibres in favour of natural fibres like cotton, wool, linen, silk and bamboo.
  • Compost natural fibres
  • Traditional dry-cleaning uses PERC (perchloroethylene) which is classified by the EPA as a toxic air contaminant. Try saying that one after a long day!

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Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest weekend of garage sales and is happening on October 19 & 20 in 2019. Registrations officially open in August but you can pre-register now.

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Reorganise

No. 5 Reorganise

Reorganise

If I reorganise my home, workplace and habits will it save time and help me live a more sustainable life?

Reorganising a space so it functions and flows more efficiently reduces the chances of buying duplicates. Reorganising items like with like or consolidating items enables us to see what we have, one item stored in several locations leads to over purchasing and waste time.

From the stationary cupboard to the kitchen sink and the sock drawer everything takes energy to produce, when we misplace items due to disorder and clutter we have a tendency to buy more the same, adding financial stress and increasing our carbon footprint.

Habitual Clutter

That’s stuff that slips in unnoticed, it comes in out of habit, routine, automated, unconsciously or our inability to say no thank you.

Also feeding the habitual clutter is the way we shop on impulse, for entertainment, social outlet or to fulfil a need.

Reorganising our habits such as rethinking the amount of food we buy when the kids have left home, switching off reminders from online retailers of upcoming sales help to reduce clutter.

And how often do we unconsciously we grab a tissue or two before heading out the door, stuff a few in our back pocket, handbag, kids school bag for that just in case moment.

Considering it take’s 2.2 litres of water to make 1 tissue, maybe it’s time to reorganise the sock drawer and use those hankies Nanna gave you for Christmas. Mother Nature is on the Nose

I just need more space and I will be organised

As a Professional Eco Organiser, I would love $1 for everyone that said “I just need more space and I will be organised”

Building bigger homes or moving to larger office space to accommodate things you don’t use or need does not make for a sustainable future. Likewise, paying for offsite storage is not the miracle cure, more like out of sight out of mind.

It’s something to think about.


travel tips

Sustainable Travel Tips with Eco Organiser®

Love or dislike travel, travelling in an organised, mindful fashion helps reduce our carbon footprint. Every flight we take for work or play produces carbon, as a travel buff I am conscious of this and always tick the carbon offset box when booking flights.

Take one round-trip flight between New York and California, and you’ve generated about 20 percent of the greenhouse gases that your car emits over an entire year. Continue reading


Repurpose stuff

The 10R’s© No. 4 Repurpose

What does repurpose mean?

At Eco Organiser® repurpose is define as reusing something for a different purpose other than its initial purpose. With a little imagination stuff reused rather than discarded or recycled.

Why should we consider repurposing stuff rather than buy new or recycling; buying new stuff helps drive the world’s economy? Continue reading