At Simplicity, we believe organizing and Earth Day belong together. We want to help others adapt a simpler lifestyle that is environmentally conscious and sustainable. It’s not just the fragile earth that will benefit. Environmental sustainability makes for a more sustainable personal and family life too. It’s a great example of “doing well by doing good”.
We have all heard the 3 R’s – REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. We would like to honor Earth Day with ideas and thoughts for both organizing our homes and lives while protecting our environment.
the amount of stuff you bring into your house. Remember less is more. Cut back on paper clutter by reducing the amount of junk mail or credit card offers you receive. Go to ecocycle.org for 6 steps for stopping junk mail. Sign up to go paperless on bank and investment statements. Don’t be a slave to email. Unsubscribe from those you no longer enjoy. Use your delete button so you’re not letting others set your agenda by what fills your inbox. Purge your files annually to make room for what is truly important. Remember that duplicating with both paper and electronic files is akin to “belts and suspenders”- overkill!
containers for kids’ art supplies such as pens, markers, and paintbrushes. Padded mailing envelops or packing boxes can often be reused. You’ll find lots of ways to repurpose things around your house if you simply think about it. Remember the old sayings, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” It’s old advice but still good advice.
unused or unloved belongings. There are countless ways to do this but for a start, we’ve compiled this list.
Let’s all celebrate Earth Day by challenging our families to adopt at least one new habit from one of the 3 R’s. For your new behavior to become a habit, you’ll need to practice it. Put it on your calendar. Tell others what you’re doing so you’re more accountable. And don’t let a little slip up cause a total relapse. What starts out as a hope, will become a habit.
“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale