Posted by: Melinda Anderson | March 10, 2011

6 Simple and Sustainable Organizing Tips

1. When you donate your cast-offs as a result of organizing, you get a clear and clutter-free home, charities get much needed items, and the planet gets to keep landfill to a minimum. Everyone wins!

2. Reusing product packaging to contain something is a great way to repurpose items you already have. Some of my favorites are:

  • Using the empty paperboard Tiffany-blue gift boxes to store small items like paperclips and push pins in the top desk drawer
  • Clear plastic take-out containers look like a set when you use them to hold craft supplies like beads, ribbons and embellishments
  • Empty parmesan cheese containers are great for storing nuts and bolts, nails, loose screws, and other tiny pieces in the workshop or garage
  • Metal Altoid tins
  • Soft drink fridge pack boxes

3. Cardboard boxes made with recycled content and canvas-covered boxes are good alternatives to the standard plastic bin. Metal and mesh containers can also take the place of plastic bins for storing items. Bamboo is a renewable wood and many stylish containers are being made out of this material. Remember to add a label so you’ll know what’s in the box.

4. Carry a reusable mug or water bottle with you everywhere – it’s an eco-friendly habit to get in to. You’ll save money in the long run, keep items out of the landfill, and feel better about reusing something instead of always wasting.

5. Replace a disposable item with a reusable one:

  • Use cloth hand towels instead of paper towels
  • Replace paper napkins with cloth restaurant-style napkins
  • Use cloth shopping bags

6. “What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all of our tomorrows.”  –Alexandra Stoddard, author, interior designer and philosopher of contemporary living

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