De-Cluttering the Green Way

I have been part of the Green Moms Carnival for some time. It’s a great group of bloggers (who aren’t all moms, incidentally) that join forces once a month to shine a light on a particular aspect of living sustainably. And today, I’m proud to host my first carnival here, all about green de-cluttering.

When the holidays end and January rolls around, a lot of decide it’s time to purge the excess “stuff” that has taken residence in our lives. You may have welcomed a lot of new stuff in, for one thing, and you need space. For another, a new year inspires a fresh start, which often means getting rid of the stuff that you no longer use.

Simplifying and minimizing are green values. “Reduce” is listed first in the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra for a reason. The fewer things that you bring into your life and your home, the fewer resources you’re consuming, and the less waste you’re generating. But what do you do with the stuff that’s already found its way into your home that you no longer need? How do you divest yourself of it while respecting the planet? The Green Moms are here to help you out.

How to De-Clutter

Anna at Green Talk promises to help us Organize Clutter With These Foolproof Strategies. And she references Who’s the Boss? more than once, so you really need to check it out.

Lisa from Retro Housewife Goes Green shares her tips for Green De-Cluttering. She includes a link to the fabulous video “The Story of Stuff”, which is a must-see if you haven’t already seen it.

Micaela from Mindful Momma offers her class on Clutter-Busting 101. I think I need to take her tip on accepting that my home won’t look like it belongs in Real Simple or Martha Stewart Living to heart.

Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter tells us about reducing paper clutter. She reminds us that the best way to reduce clutter, is to consume less in the first place.

Diane at Big Green Purse gives us her take in Hate Clutter? 10 Sure-Fire Ways to Cut It. I especially appreciate her point about business cards – I take a lot of cards, but rarely do much with them other than clean them off the floor after my kids get their hands on them.

Home Organization

Lisa from Condo Blues shows us Five Repurposed Home Organizers. Part of de-cluttering is also organizing the stuff that you have left, and by repurposing you’re keeping something out of the landfill – it’s a win all around.

Reducing Your Impact

Going Green Mama from the Green Phone Booth shares her thoughts on Clearing Clutter Consciously. She points out that by giving thought to where we donate our used items, we can ensure they give the maximum benefit to others.

Karen from Best of Mother Earth shares her recent headway as she strives to De-Clutter Greenly. She’s selling some of her stuff online, and funds will go towards seeds for her garden – exciting!

Linda from Citizen Green tells us that Decluttering Should Be Eco-Friendly. She share’s an interesting story about the amount of stuff in a French home and an American home, with a different ending than I would have expected.

Me! I share my thought on Low Impact De-Cluttering. I am happy to report that the “before” photo from my blog is actually much nicer after some work this weekend.

A Challenge

Rebecca from Midnight Maniac presents the Clean out the Cupboards Challenge. By limiting shopping, they’ll use up the food taking up space in the back of the pantry [side note: I wonder how long a can of beans lasts, exactly?], reducing kitchen clutter.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! And I hope that you will continue to share your own thoughts on how to reduce your clutter while living lightly on the earth.

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  1. appreciate the topic and the gathering of all of our thoughts Amber- great post and ideas shared here!!

  2. Thanks for hosting Amber! I can’t wait to read all the posts!
    Abbie’s last post … On the move!My Profile

  3. Great tips here – thanks, Amber!

  4. Thank you for the tips, it’s right on topic for my life right now!
    *pol’s last post … wonderful teachings by the Dalai LamaMy Profile

  5. Loved this topic!! Thank you for such a great carnival.
    Green Bean’s last post … Homemade or HandcraftedMy Profile

  6. I like to declutter every few months. It always makes me feel a little lighter. I like the thought of giving care to where you donate cast off items. It’s so important.
    Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves’s last post … Start As You Mean To Go OnMy Profile

  7. These are great links, Amber. Thanks!

    Moving to re-usable shopping bags has made a big difference for us, as well as cloth washcloths for the little ones at meals. I’d like to move to cloth napkins for all of us next.
    Lady M’s last post … Chocolate AmbitionMy Profile

  8. Great ideas! I particularly like the scrapbook for kids’ artwork. We have SO MUCH that comes home from school, and being an artist myself (and one who’s mother hardly kept any of our childhood art), I can’t bear to throw anything out – so we have bins & bins of… well… scribbles, and stickers stuck on paper. We’re going to run out of storage space soon. Need. More. Room.
    kelly @kellynaturally’s last post … Parenting Through the Perfect StormMy Profile

  9. I can’t wait to lok through all of these. I’m in the re-nesting mode.

    I notice the Green Mom’s Carnival page is very out of date on OrganicMania…. Are there any plans to update that?
    Carmen’s last post … 2010 Garden ReflectionsMy Profile

    • Lynn (who is the fabulous green mom behind OrganicMania) is in a bit of a tight spot right now, as her son recently had surgery. I’m sure she will get to it when she can. 🙂

  10. Thanks so much for hosting, Amber, and thanks for making excuses for me in the comment above! I am just now getting around to updating the carnival page, even as taxes beckon and my husband urges me to put down the computer to go exercise. It never ends!

    I am a huge green clutterer, often in the name of not adding to the landfill. I am bummed I missed this carnival but I may even do a REALLY belated submission and I sure want to read all the submissions – when my taxes are finally done! 🙂

    Thanks again, Amber!

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