So, I've been offline more than not for the past week (and holy smokes, are you following the Tammany-Hall craziness in Illinois?! I cannot believe I missed the first 24 hours of that meltdown). Anyhoo, I've been engaging in this business some people must attend to nearly constantly, as far as I can tell, being a neophyte to it and all: organizing. What the heck does this have to do with being more green? Well, reuse and consumption reduction may just depend on knowing what all is in your little world. Second, it seems like everything I want to do (for environmental and health reasons) takes just a little bit more planning and time. I'm hoping that actually filing my paperwork and keeping on the Freecycle path will free me up to think about things that matter.
Like making homemade stock. Raking all my leaves and stashing some for my brown compost needs. Planting bulbs so spring will be riotous. Reading books about the human digestive system with my five year old. Getting our Christmas stuff out of the attic. Making a birthday banner for my little boy. Heading to sewing class. OK, and a little of the worky-work.
Part of my organizing frenzy included a trip to the library (bear with me) to return some (cough) well-loved and perhaps months-overdue books. Sigh. Anyways, my small but enthusiastic large-print reader (read: display dismantler) limited my reach on the way from the children's section to the checkout desk. Even with my orangutan arms, I couldn't manage to scavenge any adult reading past the cookbooks. Except...a Real Simple book! Exactly my kind of decompression. (I am kind of an organizing blog junkie. UnClutterer, DeClutter It! how I love you.)
SO, I thought I would note that quite a few of the Real Simple tips are so groovy and cost-effective and actually green. My total favorite that I implemented last week:
*To keep your soap from getting slimy and soupy, put a bunch of rocks (I chose tumbled ones from my great uncle that make me smile every time I seem them) into your soap dish.
Other random fave:
*Alternative to bleach for whitening a porcelain sink: hydrogen peroxide (1 cup, fill er up, let sit for an hour).
Now, if anyone could explain to me how to go paperless without spending hours in front of a scanner! Hope you're feeling calm and organized as we head toward the shortest day of the year. It's helping combat the dismay I'm feeling at five in the afternoon when my daylight slips away.