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Go Green Organizing

Published on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 by Monika Kristofferson

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 You can organize your home in a way that doesn’t have a big impact on the environment.  Getting organized and helping the environment is a win-win!  Use these ideas to help you get started.

# 1:  Use environmentally friendly products.  In doing some research, I learned a few interesting facts about bamboo.

·      Bamboo is the fasted growing plant on the planet.

·      Bamboo grows one third faster than the fastest growing tree.

·      Bamboo can be harvested in 3-5 years.

There are some really great organizing products out there made from bamboo.  A few examples are kitchen utensil organizers for drawers, recipe boxes, dish racks and tea boxes. 

# 2:  Use ordinary items that you already have on hand to give belongings a home. 

Anything you have that allows you to store belongings together has potential to be a “home.”  Shoeboxes, plastic buckets, margarine tubs, plastic fruit trays, large ice cream tubs.  Just don’t store too many which will cause more clutter!

# 3:  Pass on belongings to someone else who would like to give them a home, keeping them out of landfills. 

·      Donate items to your favorite charity, it will help the charity and someone will be thrilled to find your “treasure.”

·      Use online sites where you can sell or even just give away belongings.

·      Ask family and friends who may want items or they may know someone who will.

Organize your home, help the environment and feel good about it!