NAPO’s Eco-Friendly Organizing Tips Make Every Day Earth Day
“Making our planet safer and healthier is not a hard thing to do and doesn’t take a lot of effort. By making a few small changes in the way you go about your day and what you do with your unwanted items can really make a big impact,” said Karin E. Fried, a NAPO member from Cleveland, Ohio. “People are frequently surprised that one simple change to their daily routines can make a big impact.”
“Making our planet safer and healthier is not a hard thing to do and doesn’t take a lot of effort. By making a few small changes in the way you go about your day and what you do with your unwanted items can really make a big impact” said Karin E. Fried, a NAPO member from Cleveland, Ohio.
“People are frequently surprised that one simple change to their daily routines can make a big impact.”
Karin strives to teach her clients and the general public about proper recycling efforts.
Here are some suggestions on how to eco-organize, that is organizing with environmental consciousness:
Give it away
- Don’t automatically throw things you no longer need in the garbage. Instead, donate unwanted items to a charity, or sign up for free local recycling programs, like Freecycle (www.freecycle.org).
Set up a Recycling Center in your home
- Designate an area where recyclables can be sorted and kept until collection day. By creating a convenient, easily accessible place to put your recyclables, you’ll be more likely to recycle – and keep your space well-organized. Most towns offer free curbside collection of plastics, glass bottles/jars, aluminum cans/foil, paper (including junk mail, newspapers, magazines, paper grocery bags) and cardboard. Be sure to recycle plastic grocery bags at your local grocery store.
Set aside hazardous chemicals
- If you’re organizing your basement or garage, chances are you will run across chemicals that must be disposed of in a special waste collection. Household cleaners, paint, motor oil, batteries, and medicine —prescription or over-the-counter — should be disposed of at special hazardous waste collection sites/events in your area.
Getting rid of E-waste
- As you organize your living or family room to make way for a new TV or computer, keep in mind that electronics must also be properly recycled to prevent chemicals such as cadmium, lead and mercury from contaminating our soil, water and air. Examples of E-waste include: phones, computers and accessories, speakers, TVs, stereos, VCRs, DVD players, cameras, game systems. Ensure the recycling center is "14,001 Certified," which assures that proper dismantling procedures are followed.
In addition to properly reusing and repurposing items, being environmentally conscious also involves refraining from buying needless items. Buying more goods creates more trash.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produced 254.1 million tons of household trash in the year 2007 alone. But, last year, as a result of a down economy and consumers’ dwindling disposable incomes, landfills reported a 30 percent decline in waste levels.
“By buying more than we actually need we are being wasteful and polluting the earth. We need to make better choices and be aware of what our choices mean to the environment.” Fried said. “Earth Day is a time for us to reflect on what’s really important in our lives”.
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Karin E. Fried, CPC
Member: National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)
Member: National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD)
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Contact: Karin E. Fried
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Karin E. Fried