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Go Green Organizing

 

January 23, 2012



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!

 

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