Last Week’s Tips

Posted on January 5, 2009 by Allie

Monday – Recycle Your Tree

Tuesday – Return It

Wednesday – Just Say No to Petroleum Products

Thursday – Have Some Eco-Friendly Winter Fun

Friday – Feed the Birds

This week, I’m on a major decluttering mission, so the tips will focus on the best ways to get rid of the stuff you no longer need.  What are you getting rid of?

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  1. My goodness, there is so much I want to get rid of. I think I may start with books, especially if I can get some money for them. If I ever have to move again, I want to be able to do it with one truck.

    But on the other hand, I have some nice stuff, and I use a lot of it. So I’ll probably just donate those sweaters I don’t ever wear.

    January 5th, 2009 at 7:38 pm
    Comment by Noelle
  2. I headed to the basement to start sorting boxes left mostly untouched since we moved in this past summer. I only got through a third of it but I stopped so I could sort it into Goodwill, Freecyle and sell piles. The piles contained assorted clothes, kitchen gear, sports gear, and small electronics. I also have enough random wires and plugs to repel off the Empire State Building. Yet I’m hesistant to throw any out until I’ve sorted everything and made sure they don’t belong to something we are keeping.

    I’m hoping to take the money I make from selling stuff and buy myself a nice used sewing machine, having a goal and reward helps me keep at it. Otherwise everything would probably stay in boxes.

    January 6th, 2009 at 2:16 am
    Comment by N.
  3. I’m planning on taking the tree (if I ever get it down) to a local nature center that’s using them for either nesting birds or chipping them up for mulch.

    I’m also planning to send some old electronic-related waste off to a specialty recycling center. Stuff like old jewel cases, old computer cords and software, etc. I think I found a place online that will take all that, but if you’re familiar with any places, I’m open to suggestions.

    January 6th, 2009 at 4:45 am
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  4. I am trying so hard to get rid of things that I don’t regularly use. I tend to hang on to everything “just in case” and it’s making me insane! I can’t wait to have a clutter-free house. Should be sometime in the next twenty years!

    January 6th, 2009 at 8:03 pm
    Comment by Nicole

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If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.

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