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.
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.
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.