The Green Way to Organize Your Home

April 16, 2011

By Ranka Burzan

Organizing the Green Way

You might think that organizing a house is not a big deal really, that is just common sense. If you have a lot of stuff you simply reduce the amount, use what you have and stop shopping. But many of us are aware that organizing is a big business especially in the case of container companies. According to a Newsweek report the home storage products business has become $4.36 billion industry. All of sudden having a tidy house is becoming very expensive and it’s not helping those that are struggling with disorganization.

A growing number of professional organizers in Canada and USA are passionately promoting reusing, reducing and recycling. The word GREEN is becoming very popular among my fellow organizers.

Before you go on your organizational products shopping spree, walk through your home or office and find out what you already have to contain your stuff. A word of caution, if you skipped the process of purging and sorting, there are not enough containers in the world that will help youto get organized. So let’s Go Green and get organized.

Re-use your stuff

  • Reuse plastic coffee lids or any other lids under cooking oils or any other messy containers.
  • Use old dresser drawers as under the bed storage.Casters will allow you to easily slide them in and out
  • Baby jars are ideal to contain your small household items such as buttons, paper clips, push pins and craft material. Let your kids or grandkids decorate and label the jars.
  • • Use small, plastic, square or rectangle containers that you are planning to recycle to store all the items in your junk drawer. You should have a junk drawer to store random things but it should be well organized. Make sure to organize your batteries, paper clips, envelopes and pens so they can be easily found. .

Reduce Your Stuff

Living green doesn’t mean living bellow the poverty line, it simly means being conscious about your shopping habits and the negative affect it will have on your finances and your family. If you shop till you drop, the clutter is the price you pay.I have clients who simply use their shopping habits as their hobby or to make themselves feel better. Shopping addiction is just like any other addiction, it feels good for a while and then reality checks in.

I urge all my clients to give a gift of time to their families and friends.Let me explain the meaning of a gift of time. If your grandma is eighty years old she doesn’t need another basket of lotions and potions, she needs somebody to tend to her garden, clean and organize her house etc. Take her out to see a play, gas up her vehicle, take her to her favorite restaurant – make sure to take a picture of the two of you during your gift of time.

Recycling Tips

  • Purchase quality brand name, durable goods rather than cheep and disposable.
  • Buy good quality and long – lasting clothing. When the time comes to part with your clothes, you could always resell or donate.
  • Whenever possible buy products made of recycled material.
  • Rent or borrow seldom used tools and equipment.
  • Swap your children’s clothes and toys with your neighbors, family and friends.
  • Donate your gently used items to charity to reuse or resell.

About the Author: Ranka Burzan is the owner of Solutions Organizing Simple, a professional organizing company and the author of Helpful Hints to Organize and Clean your Home, Your Junk or Your Life, Liberate Your Garage, Clear Your Home, Clear Your Mind and a recent published book S.O.S Guide to Organize and Clean Your Home.

Ranka & family have also created their own line of non-toxic, all natural cleaners safe for your family and pets.

For more information regarding Solutions Organizing Simple services, articles, newsletters and cleaning products visit her web site

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