Repair it, don’t hoard it!

In 2012 I stumbled across an article in the New York Times advocating to repair items before landfill. The Repair Café Foundation (now Repair Cafe International Foundation (RCIF), was founded by an ex-journalist Martine Postma in the Netherlands in 2011 to enable people to come together to provide a free service to their community to help repair and therefore, to extend the life of products that would otherwise end up as waste.

Since then the ground swell has been encouraging with Repair Cafes popping up in many countries, cities and rural communities, repairing everything from electrical items, picture frames, book binding to clothing repairs.

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Where do you store or hoard items in need of repair?

Under the kitchen sink, laundry cupboard, coffee table, by the front door, kitchen table, boot of the car or the garden shed? These are common areas that repairs sit, collect dust, rust and generally drive us a little crazy.

  • “One day I am gunna fix it”
  • “I am not throwing it out it’s wasteful, just need a few repairs and it will right”
  • “I wish there was someone could repair it, so I will hold onto it until I find them”

Just some of usual responses we hear when speaking to community groups and business, working towards reducing clutter and waste.

As a professional Eco Organiser® it is commendable to slow down of unwanted stuff being sent to landfill, we also know cluttered spaces increase stress and anxiety, reduces livability, function and flow, whereas letting go stuff increases productivity and boasts happiness, self-esteem and improves health and well-being.

Successful solutions to Reduce Reuse and Recycle

Practicing responsible disposal and repairing items are two of the simplest things we can do to reduce our impact on the environment. For example, recycling six aluminium cans saves enough energy to offset a 10km car trip.

To make your de-cluttering project easier and help divert waste from landfill, we have developed Useful Links  and are constantly looking for ways to recycle our unwanted stuff within Australia and other points around the globe. We want to help you save time, energy and help protect our environment. We welcome your contributions, please email us your hot recycling points, and watch our useful links page for frequent updates.

Success comes from having a clear vision of where you want to go and how to get there. The main hindrance to reaching that success is the “Stuff” that clutter up time and space.

Tanya Lewis -The Eco Organiser®, comes in and works with your team on a whole range of strategies to ethically de-clutter their lives, to allow the vision and path to success to shine through. Tanya is an experienced conference speaker and equally at home working with small teams.

Tanya’s work is very results driven. Her guiding light are her 10R’s© which have proved time and time again to connect with people from all walks of life. She is very adept and moulding her message to achieve the results you require.

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To book Tanya Lewis – The Eco Organiser® for a workshop or conference please ring her on 0448 877 902 or contact her by email.