Long time friend and fellow professional organiser Tanya Lea of Declutterhome, finally persuaded founder of Eco Organiser® Tanya Lewis to open the door to her home and life and share her story and tell us a little about The 10R’s©.
Full story : An eco organised life with Tanya Lewis
What are The10R’s©
Before adding something to the shopping trolley, click on the mouse and add something to the cart, accept that 2 for 1 offer, or take the goodies bag on offer, simply stop and pause
- Do I need it, do I want it?
- How does it make me feel?
- Is there an equivalent with less packaging?
- Can I reuse the packaging?
- Do I have similar already?
A few moments to stop and rethink could make all the difference to your life and stop this vicious clutter spiral.
Everything we bring into our space comes with a carbon footprint. Somewhere in the world a tree has been cut down and/or minerals have been dug out of the ground then shipped somewhere to be manufactured into the things we need and want, for this reason we must take responsibility for the disposal of our unwanted items.
“You don’t throw anything away, there is no away this stuff has to go somewhere” unknown
It is ok to say “no thank you” to
- Buy one get one free
- Give away’s
- Gift bags and show bags
- Excess packaging
- Disposable products
Generally speaking most people we work with have all the storage containers, cupboards, nooks and crannies to get organised. If this is not the case head to the back of your cupboards, look for things you don’t use that could be repurposed as storage. Turn baking dishes and shoe boxes into drawer dividers and drinks cabinets into office storage. Rethink clutter before buying new
Our homes don’t come with elastic sides; let’s reorganise to fit within our current footprint, before adding an extension or hiring a storage unit.
In a world of once use and disposable items we often forget that things can be repaired. Rethink; can it be repaired or restyled?
When we know what we have and need, we are less likely to go buy more of the same, this saves time, money, waste and energy. Being clear about our needs reduces clutter in our homes. Why bring things into our homes that do not add value to our lives.
Rethink reusable, refillable
- Reusable ink cartridges
- Reusable coffee cups
- Reusable shopping bags
- Refill pens, water bottles
Recycling is great, although Eco Organiser challenges us to rethink how we recycle, not just relying on the recycle bin. It takes energy to recycle, it’s called embodied energy, and wherever possible we recycle at home through The 10R’s© composting and worm farms.
When we reduce clutter in our home we are rewarded with more time, space, energy and money. When we reduce waste and reduce embodied energy we are rewarding our planet.
Motivational speaker, author and workshop leader Tanya Lewis, founder of Eco Organiser®, is passionate about helping people reduce waste and organise their space and time in a sustainable way. She loves being invited into corporations and businesses to share strategies to reduce waste.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re interested in her services.
Contact Tanya click here