We have it…some more than others…some go into other people’s backyard and take it from other people without them even noticing…we may leave home without it but we often return with more…every week, big, burly men come to take it away from us, only to let us gather more next week…
Being “Organic” Has Never Been Easier
No matter the neighborhood we reside, our educational background, income, marital status, political views, a family of just 2 or 10, we all have it…Garbage. Now, some of you may be thinking, “This has absolutely nothing to do with organizing closet!” Well…it doesn’t…and it does…
This site is all about sharing tips and the “best” to getting your closet looking good and functional while offering suggestions for maintaining order in the rooms in your apartment or house. But I also want to explore some other elements that relate to getting our lives in order. For some of us, our closets may be the only thing in disarray. But for others – if we’re really honest – we’ll admit that there are a few other areas in our lives that could use a bit of…ah…maintenance.
Exploring Ways to Reduce Reuse Recycle
So you may be wondering what prompted this sudden love of garbage. In all honesty, I’m always looking for different ways to getting my place in order: if I see an area in my room getting messy, I know instinctively that I need to find a “home” for certain items. So, I keep my eyes and ears open for anything that can provide me with some sense of order, whether my closet, bedroom, health…anything.
“You Can Live Without Producing Trash” is the YouTube video of Laura Singer who managed to store 2 years of garbage in a glass jar…2 years in one jar!!! Yeah, I know…it sounds insane. But I can’t tell you how many times I watched that video; I slowly went from scoffing at the idea to being intrigued. It seemed just a bit too extreme for me, so I decided to continue to do some more digging (the Internet not garbage)…
The Zero Garbage Challenge
After doing some more research, I came across an interesting garbage “challenge”: a woman decided to conduct her own search on different ways she could reduce some of the waste in her life. She learned of some disturbing news – one of which being that 99% of what people purchase will end up in the landline within 6 months – which led her to the decision to give herself the challenge to see if she could drastically eliminate her own waste.
Thus, the birth of the One Year Zero Garbage Challenge. During this year, she would only throw out items that could be recycled and composed of; anything that could end up in a landfill, she would either keep or give away.
Here are the guidelines that she set up for herself:
1) Going Through Transition
Each and every item she owned was scrutinized; if it couldn’t be recycled or composed, she gave it away. She even went so far as to give away her vacuum cleaner, with the reason being that if it should break, it would possibly end up in a landfill.
2) Habits to Develop
This new lifestyle required that she makes changes along the way: bringing her cloth bags when she went food shopping and using her own bottle for water instead of buying bottled water, just to name a few. If she went out and forgot her bottle, she would wait until she got home to have water; if she left her cloth bag home, she would buy a new one; if she went out to eat and forgot her container, she would find a “creative” way to bring back her leftovers.
3) Alternative Ways to go Shopping
She no longer buys food wrapped in plastic, buys 2nd hand items, and tries to buy in bulk whenever she can.
This is the method of decomposing waste, so, in terms of her future purchases, she did not buy anything that could not be decomposed.
In trying to incorporate this into everyday living, I thought, “What changes can I make?” I already know that I’m not going to attempt to put all my garbage in a jar, my mind cannot even conceive of doing that, but there are a few changes I can make immediately:
1) First and Foremost
I need to get rid of some of the excess baggage. I’ve already written an article about where to donate some things, so there’s no use in hanging onto anything that could be of use to someone else – recycling at its best.
2) Using Cloth Bags
I normally bring cloth bags with me when I go food shopping. It’s become a habit that for a few places nearby where I shop regularly, they already know not to ask me if I want my items bagged. There have been quite a few times that I forgot to bring one of my cloth bags, so my solution is to put a cloth bag in each of my 3 handbags that I use the most. IIt’s gotten to the point where I cringe at having to get more plastic bags, so this is a great solution.
3) Making Products or Buying Organic
I think that after I finish my tube of toothpaste, that I’ll start making my own! It seems pretty easy and I already have 2 of the ingredients needed. I have friends that prefer to make their own toothpaste, deodorant, soap and other stuff. I really don’t see myself making all of that stuff, but even just making one or two products can make a difference.
One of my biggest gripes is that a lot of organic prices are just too costly. This is where I’ll have to do some more research; this is not an overnight conversion, so I’m not stressed.
4) Enemy #1
My biggest issue is the use of plastic bottles, not so much for buying water, but from fruit juices. I drink a lot of juice…juice has a lot of sugar…I need to reduce my sugar intake…so this would not only be great for the environment but also great for my health as well.
5) One Last Thing
I need to reduce my spending. I like stuff…I like new stuff…I like vintage and second-hand stuff…and being one who loves craft, I have a lot of stuff. So, the key is to be able to organize the stuff that I have, get rid of anything that’s not being used, keep those items I decide to keep, in order.
I have a back closet that I refer to as V’s Variety Store. Some of my friends know about my “store” and often come to me, looking to borrow things for events they may be having, so it’s great that I have items that can be used by others, but it’s still, just too many things. I will, in the near future, be writing about my project to have a “clearance” of my store. Stay tuned…
I would love to hear from you, especially those whom may have already made some changes in reducing the amount of garbage.
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