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
Boomerang Bags turns clutter into opportunities for others, to tackle plastic pollution.
With Australians discarding about 23 kilograms* of textiles into landfill each year – and two-thirds of those discards are man-made synthetic/plastic fibres that may never breakdown. Source Textile Beat
It is wonderful to see grassroots groups such as Boomerang Bags take the lead to tackle plastic pollution. Continue reading
La Casa Nostra Deli is a family owned business winning the battle against the war on waste. Business owners Phil and Susan Tomasello are actively reducing single use packaging and encouraging their customers to refill, reuse and recycle within the La Casa Nostra community; overall rethinking waste and winning in more ways than one.
This multi-faceted deli and coffee shop has become known as a ‘zero waste’ one stop shop in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula. The secret to their success comes from their passion to supply gourmet foods such as cheese, small-goods to their clients and an absolute passion for closing the loop. Continue reading
Recycling doesn’t always mean throwing stuff in the wheelie bin at the curb, we can recycle at home or in the office to extend the use of a product before placing it in the bin. Let’s not forget that our local government and authorities cannot recycle everything.
To help you declutter and responsibly dispose of your unwanted items we have created an A-Z of how to responsible recycle or donate your unwanted stuff. From recycling cars to hair, lets’ turn our clutter into opportunities for people in need.
A. Artificial Christmas Tress
Christmas can be stressful enough with more stuff cluttering our homes, when we rethink Christmas and we can reduce stress, waste and help our planet
As Eco Organiser® writes this blog, stores are spruiking it’s less than 3 weeks to Christmas, their shelves are heaving with decorations and gifts for sale.
In other words they are saying – Buy Now! Consume! Don’t miss out!
But do we really need to ramp up our consumption of ‘stuff’ just because it’s Christmas? Let’s just take a step back from that traditional Christmas gift list and rethink. Continue reading
7 top tips on how to get over the fact that the kids do not want your stuff
The baby boomers and Gen X’ers started out as latch key kids, letting themselves into the house after school, making decisions and choices from a young age. One of the most common statements I hear at my workshops is “The kids don’t want my stuff”
Let’s be honest here, why should they want your stuff, it is not embedded in their DNA that they are going to follow the same fashions as you do. I know that may seem tough, but it is true. Personally, I love the pieces from my family, they carry stories which fill in the blanks or give me a greater appreciate for how they worked hard to make or purchase these things.
The Vicious Clutter Cycle Continue reading
I love to speak about eco organising and how we can declutter and simplify life without costing the earth. With a few simple changes in our home, habits, work and travel we can all make a difference to the health our planet.
Everything we bring into our space has taken energy to produce it, somewhere in the world a tree has been cut down, a well has been dug to produce the things we need and want. What I see as a professional Eco Organiser® is so much STUFF is used once then stuffed in the back of a cupboard, to the point where home no longer function, costing us time, money and energy.
When I to receive feedback like this, it really was time to reward myself with a happy dance!!
Here’s a summary of the feedback comments to make your day
- Tanya was extremely engaging and I found the workshops very helpful
- Well informed and entertaining
- Tanya was very motivating and inspirational
- Practical and realistic advice
- The speaker was inspirational and gave fabulous ideas to declutter and reduce waste
- Very practical and informative
- Extremely informative, non-critical and humorous presentation
- Entertaining presentation and good involvement, very practical
- Very practical and great to help be rethink habits
- Lots of great ideas inspiring me to get organised
- Covered so much more than just decluttering – environment issues
- Tanya was fabulous, easy to listen to with very practical advice.
- Rational and logical. Wasn’t just about throwing things out, Recycling and reusing was talked about positively.
- Practical ways to declutter, while keeping in mind the environmental impact.
- I have learnt a lot! Good advice given by Tanya. I hope I am able to move forward now.
- Very useful and interesting session. Three cheers to Tanya, well done!
- Informative, covering a range of topics with lots of tips and tricks.
Moonee Valley City Council
Do you reward yourself and your successes?
The 10R’s ™ Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward
Time and money are things we are always looking for, there are nights when we just don’t feel like cooking and it is very tempting to order in.
Yet so many options available on the end of the phone line are not overly healthy and come in so sort of packaging, which just adds more waste to the recycle bin.
Rather than spending money on fast food and adding more throw away packaging to waste to the waste stream, why not make your own healthy fast food.
I’m too busy, so what’s in it for me?
Time is a big factor when it comes to cooking and preparing the evening meal, but have you ever factored in the time it takes to drive by and pick up the fast food, or sit in the drive through. How about the extra hours you have to work to earn the money to buy the food? There are so many benefits in preparing you own home cooked meals. I mean just ask Dr Mark Hyman and Jamie Oliver
Stuff cluttering our homes is not always clutter, what about the sentimental objects?
I love the idea of my mother attending country dances in outback western Queensland in the 1950’s, dressed in her hooped dresses, starched petticoats and long white gloves; rock n rolling around the town hall or shearing sheds. Swirling, twirling those soft layers of fabric and petti coats. And like so many young girls I would play dress ups in her dresses complete with her long white gloves. Continue reading