Green Organizing Tips to Clear Clutter Now

Looking for green organizing tips? Every year, I make a promise to myself that I will be more organized.  I will deal with the clutter in my closets and the piles of paperwork that take up almost every flat surface in my office.  I will schedule my appointments so that I spend less time running around.  I will spend more time in my garden and less time working in my office and looking out the window at the garden.  I have the best of intentions, but sometimes I have a problem following through. This post has been sponsored, but the story is my own.

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Green Organizing Tips

This year, I am taking steps to make sure that I do follow through with my goal of reorganizing.  I have realized that part of my problem is clutter.  Whenever I think about organizing, my first thought is to buy new containers to put the clutter.  After all, fifteen books in a pile are cluttered.  Fifteen books in a cute basket is organized, right? Unfortunately, it isn’t.  You will have those fifteen books taking up space. You still need to dust around those fifteen books when you clean.  If those fifteen books are not books you need or will refer to again, why keep them?

As I go through the process of decluttering and reorganizing, I’m trying to make eco-friendly choices.  Tossing a houseful of stuff into the landfill and running to the store to buy new containers, boxes, baskets and organizers doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Here are a few green organizing tips that I am trying to keep in mind.

  • Repurpose – Use baskets, containers, jars and other items that you already have to organize.

Many organizing books I have read encourage you to go out and buy new container systems to organize things. While I agree that using containers to help group things together can be helpful when reorganizing, it’s not necessary to run out and buy new ones. Look at some of the containers you already have in your house and think outside the box. Can you prevent something from going to the landfill and instead use that to organize?  I needed a container for all the Washi tape that I have been collecting. Rather than buy something new, I repurposed a Mason jar I had.

  • One step at a time – Don’t tear your entire house apart trying to accomplish this all at once. You’ll just get frustrated, and the task probably won’t get done. Start with one shelf or one bookcase or one room.

I am working in our living room since it also serves as my office.  As much as I’d love to snap my fingers and have it done in one day, I know it won’t happen.  I’m beginning with our entertainment center since it holds the most clutter. As I decide there are things I do not want, I am offering them on Freecycle.  Freecycle helps keep things out of the landfill and passes them onto people who might need them. As I cleared off a section of our entertainment center, I recycled what I could and offered several books on Freecycle.  I then repurposed a basket I had to hold coasters. I’ll continue working on the entertainment center this week before I move to another area of the living room.

  • Clean green – As you are clearing off surfaces and reducing clutter, give everything a good cleaning.  Choose eco-friendly cleaners rather than those containing toxic chemicals. You can even make green cleaners.

I always try to use green cleaners. When I do not have the time to make my own, I purchase eco-friendly cleaners at the store.  I don’t like the idea of exposing my family and our pets to the chemicals in traditional cleaners.

  • Buy green – If you do need to purchase a new container, look for an eco-friendly option. There are so many things that are made of recycled materials like plastic bottles that you can find them just about everywhere. Make sure that you recycle your products to help make this possible.

REPREVE is a recycled fiber that helps turn plastic bottles you recycle into cool stuff you can wear and use every day. Now there’s no excuse not to recycle! The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate is less than 30 percent—so less than one-third of all plastic bottles get recycled. Most people don’t think about what happens to plastic bottles after you recycle them. So Repreve is on a mission to get the word out: Just recycle more and buy REPREVE products.

Easy Green Organizing Tips

 



About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of an 18-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn't have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you'd like to work together, email info@confessionsofanover-workedmom.com to chat.

Comments

  1. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    i love reusing boxes and tins for storage

  2. The 2 pair women’s socks look very cushiony and comfortable! I would love to win those….good for working out.

  3. I love these Repreve Women’s 2 Pair Socks!!

  4. i didn’t realize they had eco friendly swim suits– that’s something we need in our house!

  5. i’d love that orange fleece coat with the grey- it would look very nice on my super handsome husband!

  6. Love the Swiftwick socks! I try to stay organized by bringing as little stuff into my house as possible!

  7. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    Vitamin A Swimwear is awesome! I didn’t know you could get recycled swim wear. That’s great.

  8. I like the womens white socks, but the men’s black socks are nice too.

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    I like the men’s black and neon green socks!

  10. My favorite product is the women’s white/lime socks.  They look comfy!

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  12. I like the women’s white socks.

  13. First who KNEW all the things you can make from recycled plastic! I think the office chairs look like they would be very comfortable and lightweight.  http://www.hon.com/Products/Chairs/Ignition.aspx
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  14. Thanks for the tips!

  15. I like the Repreve Women’s 2 Pair Socks in lime/white.

  16. W’s Re-Tool Snap-T® Pullover

  17. The jeans is awesome. Never knew they could make so many products

  18. Brittney House says:

    I would love to have the Repreve Women’s 2 Pair Socks.

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  20. kim burnett says:

    I like the repreve mens socks!

  21. Mippy/Sabrina says:

    I love the 2 pair of women’s socks in black and lime green 🙂

  22. Repreve Men’s 2 Pair Socks

  23. I love the North Face Jacket

  24. Karen Gonyea says:

    LOVE the Women’s White Socks 🙂 

  25. I like the –>  Repreve Men’s 2 Pair Socks

  26. I like the Beija-Flor Jeans.

  27. the Repreve Women’s 2 Pair Socks

  28. The whole blue avocado line! I had my diaper bag specially made from blue avocado and I LOVE it! 

  29. My fave product is their Life Khakis by Haggar….very nice.

  30. karen gonyea says:

    Love the women socks in lime and white.

  31. Samantha D. says:

    It’s neat how so many products can be made from everyday items.  I really like the W’s R3® Hi-Loft Jacket. It’s blue and looks so soft and comfy!

  32. Holly Kennedy says:

    Jennifer Jean – Classic Skinny with Repreve – Acai Purple

  33. Patagonia

  34. I like the North Face Denali Jacket.That’s very cool that it’s made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.

  35. Keely Hostetter says:

    My favorite would be The North Face Denali Jacket

  36. I love that fabric seats in Ford Focus Electric and Fusions are made of Repreve! 

  37. I loved the jacket, amazing that recycled plastic could be turned into clothing!

  38. Diane baum says:

    I love using mail ads as scrap paper

  39. Patagonia for sure!

  40. susan smoaks says:

    my favorite is the Life Khakis by Haggar

  41. sandra manning says:

    I love the womens socks, good socks that are high quality make a big difference on how my feet feel

  42. Christina Marie says:

    My favorite are the Beija-Flor Jeans. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Sky Sparkle says:

    I like the  Repreve Women’s 2 Pair Socks!

  44. Mihaela Day says:

    I like the North Face Denali Jacket 🙂

  45. I love the Polartec Thermal Pro Women’s Hooded Fleece Jacket!

  46. Barbara Stenby says:

    I love the 2014 REPREVE® FUD BOMBER BEANIE

  47. kathy pease says:

    I like the M’s R3® Hi-Loft Jacket

  48. Buddy Garrett says:

    The 2014 REPREVE Men’s Snowboard Tee is my favorite product.

  49. Those are great tips. We reuse shipping boxes and just decorate them with scrapbook paper scraps. We’ve used these for holding napkins, cans, baking goods, lotions, etc. I also like that you suggested to just focus on one area at a time. That’s a good idea so it doesn’t get overwhelming.

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