5-minute organizing for earth day

Globe handsThe best thing you can do for the planet is to reduce your consumption, which takes no minutes. It does, however, take planning.

A lot of clutter is created when people buy things they already have, but can’t find. That leaves you with unnecessary duplicates in your cabinets or drawers and less money in your wallet.

There is no magic about organizing – basically it’s putting things away so you can find them when you need them. Rather than creating elaborate systems, I encourage people to notice their preferences and work with them.

If you drop your keys as soon as you come home, create a specific place to set them each day. If you drop them in the bedroom, put your “key spot” there. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just deliberate: put a hook in the wall or designate a bowl or box for keys. Then use it every time and it becomes habit.

Use the same process for scissors, your favorite pen, your phone, things you use and lose regularly. Put some thought into where you want to keep things and you’ll spend less time looking for them and less money replacing them. Good for you and the planet.

Marcie Lovett, Organized by Marcie
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