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.
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
Bogged down and burdened by clutter, yet want to declutter sustainably and have peace of mind your unwanted items will be responsibly disposed? This 4-step guide is designed to help identify your clutter and treasures and enable you to live a clutter free life.
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!!
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.
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.
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?
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 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
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.
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.
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