Get Organized at Home in Recycled Style

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Organizing Tips

Whether your resolution to be more organized comes with the new year or any time, here are some great ways for getting organized at home and recycling too.

Declutter & Donate

If you want to be better organized, start to declutter your home, and donate all that unnecessary stuff to your local thrift store. Even if you think your problem isn’t too much stuff, this will clear out a few things you’ve been holding onto but don’t really need. It will also give you a sense of just how much there is to organize.

Storage & Labels

If you can’t find it when you need it, what’s the point of hanging onto it? The next step to getting organized at home is storage. Whether you’ll be boxing things up, keeping things handy on the counter, or purchasing a new storage system, labels are key. There are lots of items around the house that could easily be reused for a better storage system. Just think about all the jars and plastic containers sitting in your fridge!

A handy way to be able to use sticky labels again and again is to try erasable labels, such as the Label Once Food Labels that come with a permanent marker which can be erased as often as needed.

Why not use items like old coffee tins for storing or organizing other things? Found a stash of old film canisters? Use them to store beads, toothpicks, cottonswabs or paperclips. Discovered some old floppy disks? Make notepads, wall art or a pen organizer.

Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer (Or Just as Long)

Let’s say for example you have a box of soccer trophies from 5th grade or other clunky mementos that you have a reluctance to throw out but no desire to display. Line them all up and take a picture of them. Then take them to recycle or donate. The picture takes up minimal space on your computer or in a photo album. Trophies can be recycled too. Have other mementos you want to get rid of? Use our custom search on RecycleScene for recycling information and reuse ideas galore.

Consider a Digital Solution

For your calendar, reminders, or notes to yourself, consider using a digital device that you already have, like a cell phone, PDA or mp3 player. If it’s an item that you already take with you, you’re more likely to have it when you need to look something up. Setting up reminders in a digital calendar can be done only once with an annual reminder, and you’ll never have to worry again about copying down dates from one paper calendar to the next. This may not sound like it has much to do with recycling, but will actually save on paper calendars, planners, paper, pens, and time!

Make Organization Fun

Recycled seat belt buckle key organizerIf organization is your goal because you’re a bit absentminded with the best intentions, then here are a few items that are fun to use and will help you remember to stay on top of your life.

Keep your keys ready to go with this neat key organizer made from a recycled seat belt buckle. Mount the buckle on the wall, then simply attach and detach your keys.

Keep in touch with a greeting card organizer. Made from recycled paper, help keep cards organized all year long. Never forget where you put that birthday card you bought for your friend last month- just remember to send it!

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