Sunday, January 3, 2010

Clean, Green, and Clutter Free


One thing we did better last year than the year before was recycling.  Hopefully this year we'll be even better.  Recycling, to me, means putting everything in the recycle box that you can.  It also means re-using, regifting, and reselling whatever possible. This way there is not nearly as much garbage for the dump, and what does go to the dump will eventually disintegrate.

I know lots of you keep a Goodwill box going because we've talked about it before.  I do.  Whenever I wear something, and at the end of the day I realize I haven't enjoyed wearing it, it goes to the 'box'.  Some of it goes to Goodwill and some of it goes to MUST which supports people who are way down on their luck and need help to survive.    Anyone can go to Goodwill and snag a deal, and in addition, Goodwill provides much needed jobs for local people.  MUST feeds and clothes people and helps them find jobs...so both are good and worthy of donations.

Regifting is obvious.  If I have something that I know someone else would love to have, and maybe I'm ready for it to go, I'm happy to gift it along.  I'd probably tell them the story behind the gift too!

Occasionally I'll sell something on Ebay if I think it's sellable!  It's kind of a hobby that comes and goes.  Somebody gets "a deal", I get rid of something in my way, and my PayPal account grows by a few bucks.

So one of my New Year's Resolutions is to recycle more and stay away from styrofoam which won't recycle.  Just rinse it and put it aside until the next trip to the garage.  Did you know you can recycle cans that vegetables and such come in?  I didn't know that for a long time.  When you recycle cardbaord, metals, and plastics that are recyclable you will hardly have any real garbage left.

Ahhhhhh.  Clean, green, and clutter free!


16 comments:

  1. The Goodwill box philosophy is such a good one to have. I have such a hard time giving things up because I have developed this fear that someday I will need it. It makes life so much more enjoyable if we just to let go though.

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  2. Great ideas! We recycle, but probably not the extent that we could.

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  3. I love getting rid of stuff and taking it to the Goodwill!!

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  4. i'm in the process of cleaning out a spare room and boy do i have a lot of useless stuff! ebay sounds like a great idea.

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  5. Sarah, Ebay is a great way to unload! You don't make a fortune but you make something!

    Gayle, It's a good feeling isn't it?

    Matt, I know. we didn't either until just this year.

    Vanessa, I really don't have trouble letting things go...if I am through with them.

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  6. Great reminder. We also feed all our scraps to our piggy and chickens. They love recycling!

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  7. Marla, Those animals love to see you coming with that food!!! Just like my dog!

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  8. I like to think we recycle everything that we can but it's so frustrating. We are allowed to recycle plastic bottles but try to recycle anything that isn't bottle shaped even if it's made of exactly the same plastic and you get a slap on the wrist. Grrr.

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  9. Our gave us each 3 garbage bins: one for trash, one for yard waste, and one for all sorts of recyclables. It is so nice knowing my stuff is getting recycled.

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  10. recycling makes my heart sing. I bought snack taxis. Beat that.
    following you now!

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  11. Martinis, What are snack taxis???? Anybody know?

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  12. I have to say that this is one area I'm doing ok in. I have the Goodwill box and we recycle faithfully. Also, we take cloth bags to the grocery store. One thing I'm trying to do that's new for me is using green products to clean with and for personal care.

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  13. I have tired the recycling last year and did not work.. so I will try again. One thing we did do was get rid of water bottles and go to an in home fresh water dispenser. I do recycle the clothes and take them to the Salvation Army. I need to do that again. Working at getting rid of all chemicals in the house and using natural cleaning agents.. Trying to clean up my carbon footprint...

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  14. We donate so much to Goodwill, but of course I shop there as well. It's really great because like you say it serves two purposes...you get rid of it and someone else gets the chance at it that may need it more than we know.

    We really started to recycle big time this year and I was shocked at the amount of garbage we've cut out. We went from over 2 cans put out a week to one and sometimes only one bag! It's amazing and helps the environment.

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  15. Composting! Yes! Way to go!! I'm not good at that but I do throw my banana peels on my rose bushes to keep the aphids away!

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