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What is Sustainable Organization?

Organization practices and principles that allow you to have a balanced and maintainable environment. A sustainably organized home / workplace enables a sense of peace supported with processes that can be simply maintained. A sustainably organized space should give you back time and save money while also supporting an environmentally better lifestyle. When products are necessary to organize with the first choice will be to consider sustainable products made using renewable resources 

Why is it different than other organizing?

Sustainable organizing targets more areas than just physical property organization and includes the following basic principles:

  • Human / Person – What does happiness in your space look like? How do you want to feel in your space? What are your routines? What goals do you personally want to achieve when complete? Improving organization will help reduce stress and help you live a simpler life. Are you making time in your life to take care of you and make you sustainable? Are you exercising? Are you drinking enough water and eating well?

  • Economic – Find new uses for what you already have. What drives your buying decisions? Purchase less and use what you already have. Organization of your belongings will reduce buying to replace products you simply cannot find.

  • Environmental – The first goal is not to buy new products to help you get organized. The first goal is to assess what you have and what can be reused to solve your problem.  Environmental sustainability aims to minimize the impact on natural resources and the best way to follow this guidance is to reuse. If products are still needed, the products with the smallest carbon footprint should be selected where possible

  • Social – While social seems like it would not have a place in organizing sustainably, it is usually one of the reasons why we collect so much stuff. Social protection is to preserve today for a better tomorrow. Hold onto what is necessary and fills you with love and joy. We need to preserve the earth and our environment today for future generations. Look around at what you are holding onto now for future giving and have the discussion of wanting now.  Many family members have so much of their own stuff that they do not want to think about taking more stuff. If your stuff can find a good and usable home now and you do not need it, really think about letting it go. It is good for you and the people that get the items, social goodness.

 

Most often, when a decision to reduce your stuff occurs, it will involve one of these “Re” words:

  • Reuse – give new useful life to an old item such as small boxes to organize draws.

  • Recycle – recycle old paper, plastic, and metals

  • Refuse – do not take the free stuff that people give if you cannot see yourself using it. It turns into your clutter.

  • Repair – if your item can get life by repairing it, get it on the list to do. Think about whether you will really use it.

  • Reduce – don’t buy more than you can really effectively use even if it is a good deal. 

  • Re-gift – Can something you’re holding onto be re-gifted if you are not going to use it? Can if be donated and be a gift to someone else?