Earth Day: Cut the Clutter by Recycling!

It’s looks and feels like Spring (at least in most places).  It’s the month of April.  That means Earth Day is near.  And Earth Day means it’s time to recycle.  Earth-Day-Border-Clip-Art-1

Today there are many places where you can recycle all kinds of items year round. However, during many of the local Earth Day events you get a chance to recycle many different items in one location.

Because of this opportunity to make one drop off why not take advantage of it. You know you shouldn’t throw these items in the trash so you probably hold on to them until you can find the time and place to recycle them.

Your home is not a landfill. Nor should it be a holding area indefinitely for recyclable items.  So search the internet for your local Earth Day events to find out where, when, and what you can get out to recycling now!

Here is a list of the kinds of items my local event is taking.

1. Paper Shredding:  They have a limit of 5 boxes.  When we sold my mother’s house last fall (she’s in a nursing home now) I had to bring all the boxes of papers she had saved to my house.  Some of the financial papers dated back to 1985.  My city has a recycling event in the fall and at Earth Day each year.  It felt great to go through all the boxes (10) and reduce them down to two. I took 5 boxes to be shredded in the fall event. All non-sensitive paper got recycled at curbside. Now I’m going to work on my own papers.

2.  Electronics, TV’s, Computers, and small appliances

3.  Used clothing, linens, & paired shoes.  I’m currently doing a closet declutter.  See my Facebook Page for more info.  As I go through my clothes and shoes I will put some of them aside for this recycling drive.

4. CFL light bulbs & tool pack batteries.  Home Depot will have a booth to collect these.

5. Buttons, beads, board games, and children’s books.  St. Louis has a Teacher’s Recycle Center that collects these types of items.  I have a box of buttons from my mother’s house and another small box from a great Aunt that has been gone for many years. I’m the sewer in the family but have rarely used any of these buttons.  Time to pass them on so they can be used by some creative children.

6.  Prescription and OTC medications:  This is a great time to get all those unused or expired medications out of the house and safely recycled.  I was able to do this last fall after cleaning out my mother’s house.

So go ahead right now and find out if you have a local Earth Day recycling event. Then print or write out a list of what they take.  Go through one room at a time to see how much you can get out of your house and recycle.

  • Your house will be less cluttered.
  • You’ll feel good about recycling these items. No guilt.

It’s a win-win project.

To a lighter load along the way,



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Disruptions to Routines: Large – Part 3

This is Part 3 of the Blog series on Disruptions to Routines.  If you missed Part 1 and/or Part 2 you can read them here.

Disruptions of Routines: Small, Medium, and Large, Part 1

Disruptions of Routines: Small, Medium, and Large, Part 2

Large Disruptions:

These kinds of disruptions will need to be handled in a totally different way.  Most of these are either longer term disruptions (weeks or months) or complete life changing ones. Not all of these are bad events.  But all of them will throw off your routines for a fair amount of time or require all new routines.  Wedding-cake

Longer but usually temporary disruptions.   Continue reading

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Disruptions to Routines: Medium – Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog series I talked about those small but annoying disruptions to our daily routines.  If you missed it you can read it here.

Now I’m going to talk about those medium disruptions that have a tendency to throw off your routines for a least a day or more. Although they are usually temporary you’ll probably have to adjust your routines until the disruption is over.


 Medium Disruptions:

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Disruptions to Routines: Small – Part 1


Do you feel like you can never finish your routines because of constant disruptions?



Does it feel like you’ll never can catch up much less get ahead?

We all have disruptions in our lives.  Some are daily, some are only every once in a while, and some are life changing, for good and for bad. Continue reading

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Get Off The Hamster Wheel – 365 New Beginnings

It’s hard to believe this is the last week of January. Just a few short weeks ago was New Year’s Day.  We  were feeling excited about a new beginning.  Even if we screwed up and got nowhere last year, when the calendar year changes we feel like we get another chance to start over and do it right.

But here we are, into the fourth week of the new year, where many of us have already given up on those new year’s resolutions. We’re back into the same old (bad?) routines that didn’t move us forward towards our goals.

Albert Einstein said:

  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”


hamster wheelThe sun rises each morning giving us another chance to work on reaching our goals and dreams.  But it seems like one day drags into another. We feel like we’re on a hamster wheel going nowhere.

Many of us don’t know how to get off that hamster wheel and it’s causing a lot of insanity! Continue reading

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Fun Decluttering Projects for Bad Weather Days!

It’s that time of year when many people have unexpected days at home due to bad weather.  If you have school age children you know it can be a trying time when everyone is cooped up in the house.



Here are a few projects that can be fun to do with your children or even by yourself on a cold snowy day.  The best thing about these projects is that you will be clearing out some clutter at the same time. Continue reading

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Think Small for Big Results

New Year’s Day has come and gone.

Did you make resolutions for the new year?  If so are they the same ones you made last year? Continue reading

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A Quick Way To Clear Your Head and Relax

The holidays are here!

It’s the third night of Hanukkah and Christmas is only seven days away.  Are you feeling overwhelmed right now?

If so it’s time to take a break for a few minutes to clear your head.

A quick way to catch your breath, put  a smile on your face, and relax is to write out a Gratitude List. Continue reading

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Is Holiday Stress Getting To You?

Is the stress of the holidays starting to get to you?

Do you feel like you won’t get it all done perfectly or on time?

If your expectations on what the holidays should look like have been influenced by other’s, especially the media, then it may be time to re-evaluate those expectations. Continue reading

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Clutter Free and Almost Clutter Free Gift Ideas

Part of celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah is giving gifts to family and friends. Sometimes we feel obligated to give but hopefully most of the time we give a gift to show how much we care about that person.

Christmas presentsAlthough we want to find the “prefect” gift for everyone on our list it’s not always easy.  We don’t want to give them something that will end up in a closet or drawer taking up space.  In other words, becoming clutter!


Below are some ideas of clutter free or almost clutter free gifts.   Continue reading

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