Recycling appeals to my organizational impulse because items of the same variety are being gathered together in order to be made into something new. Multiple things are merging into one thing thus lessening clutter, in my mind’s eye.
- More than 56% of the paper consumed in the U.S. during 2007 was recovered for recycling.
- In total, 54.3 million tons of paper and paper board products were recovered in 2013 in the U.S. – approximately 360 pounds for every man, woman and child in the country, up from 233 pounds per person in 1990.
- The amount of paper being recovered far exceeds the amount sent to landfill sites. Every ton of paper that is recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
- Enough paper was recovered for recycling in 2013 to fill 130 Empire State Buildings.
- Since 1990, when the paper industry established its first recovery goal to advance recycling in the United States, paper recovery has grown by more than 87 percent.
Organizing your pantry can greatly reduce meal preparation time and grocery shopping time.
Similiar to the Return Station, place a plastic bin in each room, especially in a big house, to collect items that belong in other rooms. Periodically, carry the bin with you and empty it into the respective rooms where the items belong.
Put sets of toys such as models or Legos together in one labeled container or bag with the instructions. Photocopy the assembled toy and affix the picture to the outside of the container.
Set a limit on the quantity of toys for each child. As something new is purchased or received, have the child decide on which older toy to give away or donate.
- Keep a spare set of linens in each bedroom if space allows, especially guest rooms.
A linen closet can corral all the bedding in one place, but sometimes even that gets chaotic. Keep things tidy:
- Centralize all bedding linens in one optimal closet or in a closet adjacent to the particular room.
- Group linens by bed size or room use for ease of finding and ease of putting away.
- This reduces steps and wasted time searching for a specific sheet set.
Storage At A Premium
Lack of space for storing bedroom linens? Invest in a storage trunk. A trunk can function as a decorative and functional piece. The versatility of the trunk can be extended to the dorm room when you send your child off to college.
When purchasing bedroom furniture always think “space maximization.” Seek night stands that have drawers, shelves, or storage. A headboard can be beautiful, appealing to our aesthetic nature, and functional. Your or nightstands or even headboard should contain ample space to store tissues, alarm clock, phone, water glasses, reading glasses, and your favorite reading material or romantic pleasures.
Maintain – Keep It Neat!
Take 30 seconds to hang your clothes up after wearing them instead of creating piles. Remember, it’s easier to deal with clothes in 30 second intervals rather than 60 minute drudgery segments to hang 1-2 weeks worth.
- Keep a laundry basket of some sort in every bedroom.
- Invest in an over-the-door hook that accommodates multiple hanging items.
- A jewelry armoire can corral all your earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
- Use a safe for highly valuable items.