Monday, June 5, 2023

How to Organize Your Life, Sustainably

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Even if you consider yourself somewhat of an eco-warrior, we can all take extra steps to become even better friends with the environment. One of the most effective ways of doing so is by optimizing the way in which you organize your life.

Sustainability isn’t just about the global environment; it’s about our personal environments, too. How we do anything is how we do everything, after all.

So it’s important to set up efficient systems for the day-to-day life admin we all contend with. And the good news is you can incorporate your sustainability ethos here as well by repurposing and investing in eco products to make the organizing process better for you and the planet.

How to organize

Not only will reinventing your means of organization help you be an ally to the environment, but it will also save you money in the long run. There’s no downside to becoming more environmentally friendly. These tips will help.

Use whiteboards

First up, if you’re someone who functions from lists, planners, and diaries, you might consider making the switch to whiteboards instead. Whiteboards allow you to write everything down and organize your day without wasting copious amounts of paper.

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Can whiteboards help organize your life? Courtesy Kaleidico | Unsplash

Instead, whiteboards can be written on and wiped clean again and again without any fuss whatsoever. They’re perfect for writing shopping lists, creating chore charts, writing inspirational messages, and anything else you may need to keep your day on track. While they’re typically found in school environments, their usefulness in the home can’t be underestimated. 

Make an unsubscribe basket

Do you remember subscribing to that catalog that comes through your door on a monthly basis? Well, if you don’t and find yourself throwing them away, again and again, it’s time to unsubscribe. You can remind yourself to do so via the creation of an unsubscribe basket; when an unwanted catalog finds itself coming through your door, simply place it in the unsubscribe basket. Every couple of weeks, you can then start to go through the basket and carry out the necessary procedures to unsubscribe. You’ll soon find the amount of paper coming through your door shrinking. 

This same rule applies to the wellspring of your inbox, too. Instead of doomscrolling at the end of the day, spend some time unsubscribing from email lists (not ours, though!) so that you can free up time in getting through your inbox every day.

Store to donate

Once you’ve read your magazines, they don’t have to be shunned to the recycling bin. Instead, you can store them in a donation basket, ready to be donated on either a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Some common places to donate magazines include family shelters, retirement communities, medical clinics, dentist offices, nursing homes, and local libraries.

This can help ensure that your old magazines have truly been read through and through before they make their way to the recycling heap. What’s more, the donation spaces won’t have to buy as many new magazines, creating more waste. 

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Courtesy Dan Gold | Unsplash

Of course, donating can apply to other categories, too from clothes and household items to food. Check for local little free refrigerators in your town to bring extra food items. This is especially great if you have a fruit tree producing more than you can consume. Share it with those most in need.

Repurpose

Storage bins are essential for home organization. But instead of purchasing storage bins, you can repurpose shoeboxes to store the likes of boots, scarves, gloves, hats, beauty products, jewelry, cleaning products, tools, craft supplies, and pretty much anything else. Even if the shoe boxes are looking a little tired, you can spruce them up with a bit of wrapping paper. Once they can’t be used anymore, they can simply be recycled. 

Pickles, marinara sauce, jam; we all use plenty of jars on a daily basis, but what if its intended purpose didn’t have to be the end of the jar’s lifespan?

Some of the most effective ways of using glass jars include vases, makeup brush holders, craft supply containers, pen pots, kitchen utensil holders, grain and cooking ingredient containers.

Not only do these uses ensure you’re making the most out of jars before they reach the end of their lifespan, but they also give your home a nice rustic and minimalistic feel. 

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