REDUCE - Think about EVERY purchase you make and ask yourself if you really need this item. If it’s something that you rarely need or use, consider borrowing from a friend or renting. Sometimes we re-purchase items that we have at home but just don’t know where to find them. I see this scenario so often while organizing with clients. They will say “I was wondering where that was and I just went out and bought another.”
RE-USE - Shop your house first! One of my clients re-purposed a magazine file into a holder for plastic wrap, foil and sandwich bags for her pantry. When I’m helping clients get organized, we almost always make use of the storage containers they already have so they don’t need to make a new purchase. See my board on Pinterest called "New Uses for Everyday Items" for more great ideas on how to reuse and re-purpose things you already have around the house. http://pinterest.com/jsjanorschke/new-uses-for-everyday-items/
RECYCLE - Last week we talked about recycling paper but did you know that almost everything in your house can be recycled? I’m not talking about the basics like bottles, cans and plastics that go out to curbside recycling. I’m talking about electronics, cell phones, clothing, appliances, ink cartridges, sports equipment and oil. Even building materials can be recycled/donated to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Computer search recycling options/locations for the stuff you no longer have use for or call a Professional Organizer. Finding donation and recycling options is typically part of our service.
As an Organizer, I encourage my clients to reduce, re-use and recycle. As a mom, I am continually making little changes to be more environmentally responsible. I hope that you will think about little things that you can do to incorporate the three “R”s in your home to live and organize in a more eco-friendly way.