Growing A Greener Outer Banks NC

March 2, 2010

March Green Action Tips

Filed under: Tips — Tags: , , — 4x4RE @ 10:04 pm


Is your “stuff” affecting your quality of life?

It is estimated that:

·  We only use 20% of the stuff in our homes.

·  We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.

·  De-cluttering eliminates 40% of work needed to clean the average home.

We live in a consumer-driven society and most of us are affected to varying degrees. We are enticed and urged to want/need more, newer, better. We buy then we have to find a place for the new item. Sometimes the new item requires additional purchases to care for it properly. Maybe the new item stands out among older belongings, prompting the purchase of more goodies to achieve the right look, etc. Some of us have the financial resources to increase our material gain; some of us do not and incur debt to live in the style we aspire to.

I’m not suggesting that we rid ourselves of all our earthly belongings and live a life of strict self-denial. I am, however, suggesting that we reduce our material possessions to what we really need and want…within our budget. Some of our existing belongings may still work for us by using them in a different way (re-purposing). We do ourselves and our environment a great service when we de-clutter our personal space and recycle our unwanted or no longer needed stuff.

There are many recycling options:

·  Have a garage sale…make some money/donate what doesn’t sell to charity

·  Consign…make some money/donate to charity if it doesn’t sell

·  Auction or Sell (eBay, Craig’s List, etc.)

·  Give to someone we know

·  Donate to charity

·  Throw in dumpster (or appropriate disposal of environmentally-sensitive items)

A couple of important things to keep in mind:

·  Rarely does our stuff (no matter now nice or expensive) have the same value to someone else it does to us.

·  There are tax advantages to charitable donations.

We can become frustrated and overwhelmed if we spend most of our lives working to earn money for stuff, cleaning/maintaining said stuff, and eventually trying to store or dispose of the stuff. We may not even realize how significantly clutter impacts our quality of life until we are rid of it.

Reducing our material possessions makes organizing what remains much easier. There is nothing like an organized, clutter-free life. It fosters a greater sense of peace and calm, enhanced efficiency, feeling of security and control, and improved health and well-being…not to mention freeing our time for the really important activities (like family, friends, passions).

If you are stressed by the material clutter in your life and don’t know where to start, or want a partner in your de-cluttering efforts, there are people with the expertise and experience to help in most areas. If you live in the area of Temecula, California…I can help. Just contact me through my bio contact button.


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