I subscribe to the Blog "Rubbermaid Aventures in Organization" and over the past few months I've come to one conclusion... getting organized is a good way to be green. The theory that everything has it's place, and that everything should be in it's place is pretty self-explanatory - or at least it should be. Somehow, though, my brain has continually resisted this idea and it keeps making my hands drop things where they don't belong. Consequently I spend valuable time searching for things, money on replacing things and energy on stressing out over it all.
Then it occured to me if I just got on with it and put things away, I might have greater peace of mind. Now where to start? I've read all the books, seen all the shows and I'm still flopping around in 'stuff' and clutter so this is a HUGE question to ask myself. With two small children, stuff is really like an entity in this home - it lives here.
I'm determined to keep decluttering, but while I do this, I have to find ways to stop the influx. Inevitably I purge like crazy and a few months later drown in stuff. But now I have a plan. I'm not going to do the crazy woman thing anymore. Instead I'm going to focus on one thing at a time - one small area. Purge, tidy and organize. I'm going to invest in the things that are needed to contain the things I want to keep. And all the things I keep will have been looked at upside down and sideways before they get to stay.
I'm beginning slowly. Just as being green is a journey, so is letting go and organizing. By doing this, I give myself a better chance at living a sustainable lifestyle. I'm not wasting things, moving around doubles (or triples) and I'm able to access what is needed at the moment it's needed.
Being 'Green' isn't just about less chemicals and going organic - it's about finding ways to use what you have responsibly and organizing after decluttering is a good way to do this. So jump on the bandwagon here and go find yourself one small space to clear out. Let go of the junk, keep the jewels and then organize it so you can find what you need later. Enjoy!!