But What Do I Do With All The Caps?

recycle binI'm learning more about recycling everyday (thanks to my friends at BigGreenHead.com!).

Like many households, we have a giant blue recycling bin that we throw all our recyclables into. Like many people, I had some questions in my mind as I was tossing a plastic container or a pizza box; Can the lid be recycled? Is it OK if there is a little grease on the pizza box? Should I rinse out containers before recycling them? But when I'm in the kitchen, I'm usually doing five other things and I don't have time to find the answer.

I kinda just figure the guys at the recycle place will figure it out. Read more

Clutter From Another Mother

rik-rak-sister KarenHere's a post from my friend Karen over at www.BigGreenHead.com – enjoy!

Oh yes, you know what I'm talking about. All that stuff that has been "passed down" by family. This is a Rik Rak Sister’s worst nightmare! Not only does it add to your pile of stuff, for which you need to find storage, but there are unspoken rules and strings that come attached to these items. One misstep could result in being banished from the family gift exchange. So what is the protocol for dispensing with these unwelcomed items? Read more

Make Your Clutter Work for You!

saving moneyIf you’ve been taking steps to de-clutter your life – first of all – CONGRATULATIONS! You’re probably enjoying the peace of mind that comes from having everything in its proper place. But while de-cluttering brings ample mental and emotional rewards – it can also bring some more material awards as well!

Don’t you hate it when something that you use everyday finally wears out and breaks? Whether it’s your coffee maker, or your washing machine – there comes a time where you need to make a new purchase – but what if you’re short on cash? Read more

Kermit Was Wrong – It IS Easy Being Green!

ReduceReuseRecycleWe all want to do our share to help preserve our environment. Some of us just aren’t sure what we can do to help or where to start. Others of us feel that it takes too much time and effort to do anything significant. However, all it takes is a bit of planning and thought and you can recycle and reuse without much effort at all. Before you know it, it will be second nature.

Here’s a great project to help!

Find a sheltered are (garage or carport) to place some plastic boxes or bins. Make sure it’s a convenient location so you will be more likely to use them. Use bins or boxes that can easily be lifted and placed in your car, and that have a clear, visible place for a label. Divide and assign your bins as follows: Read more

Charity Profile: Books for Soldiers

If you love to read, I bet you've got a pretty nice stockpile of books. I'll go even further and say that I bet you only read 2-5 of those books on a regular basis, and the rest are just "dust collectors."

Am I right or am I right?

I just came across a wonderful charity that can help you downsize your library, opening up a little more space for something else! It's called Books for Soldiers. Read more

Recycling Beauty Products

Are you really going to use that lotion that you got at the office gift-swap party 2 Christmases ago? Ummm…no.

Chances are, you've got some beauty products that are — but really shouldn't be — taking up some valuable real estate in your bathroom.

This week, I encourage you to go through your bathroom storage, tossing anything you no longer need, want, or use.
But don't just put the bottles and boxes into the trash! Opt to be environmentally responsible. Read more

Help Make a Dream Come True

childrens-dream-fundThe Children's Dream Fund is an amazing organization that serves Florida's west coast, with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. They get referrals from several hospitals in the area with a wide array of dream wishes – from trips to Disney World, meetings with celebrities, computers, play sets, cruises and shopping sprees. Read more

Turn Your Clutter Into Cash!

bookshelfMost Americans accumulate books, CDs, and DVDs, but many adults with ADD are plagued by the endless clutter that these items create.

Books on the shelves, in the closets and in the basement that were (maybe) read once and forgotten about. CDs in the rack, in the car and under the couch that make you cringe when you look at them because you can't believe you actually listened to that music at one time. And DVDs that you forgot you even owned! Read more

13 Ways to Get Rid of Your Clutter

sale-sign2You've done it! You've gone through your garage, your closets, or whatever problem area you had, and decided which things just don't make sense to keep any more.

Now what? How do you best get rid of these things? Here are 13 options.

Sell them.

1. Sell them on eBay or craigslist.

2. Sell them through a consignment store.

3. Sell them through an auction house; here's just one. Read more

You Can Get Organized!

Bathroom Before Organizing and DeclutteringI first talked to "Clara" 3 years ago on the phone.  She had heard me on the radio doing an interview on a talk show.  She was excited with what she learned on the air and called me almost instantly after the show was over.  We talked for 20 minutes and she decided that she could not afford our services.

Never one to give a hard sell, you either are ready to get help or you are not, I told her that we would be around if she decided she needed the help.  Three years later she called, "My friend told me that if I had let you come over when we first talked I would not be so frustrated now." Read more

Purging e-Waste

I became consciously aware of e-waste – discarded TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones, batteries – when I lived in Germany. Germany has a very strict policy about trash and recycle, as do most countries in the European Union.

When I first arrived in country, I found it very frustrating! I had to separate everything, including biodegradable foods like veggie scraps. Initially, it took me a long time to divide out all the trash. But over time, the process got faster and my appreciation for Germany's earth-friendly regulations grew more and more.

After my European trash experience, you can imagine my surprise when I read this statistic in a recent Parade magazine: More than 1.5 million tons of e-waste are thrown into U.S. landfills every year. Read more

What to Do With All the Junk

kitten-in-paperNow that the holidays are over, we find ourselves buried up to our necks in wrapping paper, cards, packing materials, disposable plates and utensils, and old dry trees. I found some great tips on recycling all the mounds of holiday waste by Sarah Linn at sanluisobispo.com.

• Bags and boxes
Paper gift, grocery and shopping bags go in the blue recycling container supplied by local trash companies. Read more

How to Recycle Your Stuff

bags-of-stuff_3Once you've decided to part company with your stuff, pass it on. I always find it gratifying to find someone who will use and appreciate the things I no longer need. The following organizations allow you to post your unwanted items online and connect with someone who can use them.

   •Freecycle
   •Freecycle Earth
   •Free Sharing
   •Sharing is Giving
   •Reuse it Network

This process reduces waste, saves on resources and strengthens community. Read more

Reader Hack: Trade in Your Books

bookswapI just moved to a much smaller house and have had to get just plain mean with myself regarding my CDs, books and clothes. I used to think I had to keep all books I enjoyed. NO MORE!

You can trade them at paperbackswap.com or titletrader.com for books on your list (which you can read and then trade or pass on!)

I figure if I give something away that I later want, I can always check it out at the library…happy decluttering

Submitted by Renee, publisher of Mom, Interrupted Blog

How to recycle computers, phones and electronics

Discarded ElectronicsTechnology brings information and convenience to our doorsteps. Unfortunately when it’s time for an upgrade we’re left with a pile of e-waste. Computers, TV’s and cell phones contain hazardous components and should not be sent to the landfill. Try these recycling options instead.

For TV & Computer:
Earth 911 is an excellent national resource for recycling computers and a wide range of other items. Simply enter your zip code and the item you want to recycle.

Computer Renaissance has a buy/sell or trade policy for computers. Read more