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All That Litters Is Not Old

Do you like to reduce, to reuse, to recycle, to be organized, DIY solutions, and CATS? Then this is for you! If you are a cat owner who buys litter in those plastic jugs (pictured) you may have wondered, as I have, if there was some way to repurpose these things, especially since they fill up almost half a trash can. Well, today I hit on a solution that really satisfies the recycler and organizer in me. It also satisfies the “simplist” in me because it is so easy to do. I simply got my sharp utility knife and cut off the spouts and handles of my cat litter jug collection.  It’s a straight easy cut. I then do a quick clean and label each one saying “batteries,” “light bulbs,” “e-waste,” “eyeglasses,” and “cell phones.”  Now, I don’t expect most people to need a corral for eyeglasses and cell phones (I gather them from my clients to donate), but there may be other items you collect to recycle and of course you may not need five bins. Here’s the cool thing […]

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Trash Systems GO!

Tired of looking at all the junk on the surfaces and floor in your workspace? Of course most of it is actually work files that need better systems, but what about the real junk? If you haven’t created an easy system for your junk, how can you expect to create an easy system for your files? Whether it’s as complex as managing several simultaneous projects or as simple as tossing junk, all organizing systems rely on the same simple formula: APPROPRIATE STRUCTURE + EASY HABIT = EFFECTIVE SYSTEM If your trash-can is so small that it is filled up by lunch time then it is NOT an appropriate structure. Whatever your tossing habit is, it will be discouraged by the overflowing trash-can. You’ve got more important things to do than tamp down the trash, let alone run the contents downstairs to the dumpster in the middle of the day. Make sure there is always a generous room for growth in your structures. Also, if you care about separating between trash, recycle, and shred, one trash-can’s not going to cut it. […]

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Spring Clearing

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, March 2007 Spring Clearing  “Getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of housework in an average home” –Ottawa Citizen, 1/03/03  Before the last snow storm I had already managed to enjoy two beautiful spring-like days.  As I opened the windows to let some fresh spring air IN, my thoughts turned to letting some musty old clutter OUT.  Let’s face it, Spring Cleaning is really more about Spring CleaRing.  You can’t clean clutter so you need to get rid of it before you can do any really satisfying cleaning. Perhaps you decide to start with all that accumulated “junk” in the basement.   Because it’s junk, it should be easy to toss, right? But as soon as you start going through the items one by one you find that it is not “junk” after all.   If it was, you would have tossed it long ago. Perhaps you grab a suit you used to wear, but it doesn’t fit you anymore.  Maybe there’s an old computer that’s still “perfectly good,” but you’ve already replaced it with a state-of-the-art model.  […]

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