Every year at this time, Recycla craves simplicity and order in her home. After the excesses of the holidays (food, decorations, parties, etc.), she’s ready to have LESS in her life, so she’s been organizing closets and drawers and generally bringing more order into her life.
Based on the articles that Recycla is seeing online, a lot of people are in the mood to simplify and organize. So with this in mind, she has come up with a list of ideas to help you:
First of all, pick up all the stuff that’s lying around: Recycle your old magazines and newspapers. Clear the mess off your kitchen counters. Pick up whatever is lying on the floor. Clean out your closets. Check Earth 911 to see what you can recycle.
This might seem like a lot to do all at once, so don’t give up and say the job is too big, just break up the project into smaller bits. Start by clearing off your coffee table and deal with all those old issues of the New Yorker. There, doesn’t your living room look nicer already? Next, put away all the shoes littering the front hall. After that, put away 3-5 items every time you’re in the kitchen. When you feel ready for a larger project, completely empty a drawer full of junk, wipe it clean, and start sorting the contents. After that, tackle a closet. Eventually, you’ll get it all done. It might take weeks, but that’s okay.
Think about your possessions. Do you really need all that stuff? Do you have anything you can sell on Craigslist or eBay? Alternately, give your excess stuff to someone else, donate it to a nonprofit, or Freecycle it.
Once your house is cleaned and de-cluttered, don’t bring more stuff in. Seriously, do you need more knick-knacks or throw pillows? No, you do not. Buy only what you need. Think long and hard about what comes into your home. You’ll keep your house clutter-free AND save money.
Tell the Eco Women: Are you trying to de-clutter your home? What steps are you taking to make it happen?
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