We’ve been friends for thirty years. During that time, we’ve each purchased a ton of stuff for our families and homes. We often asked each other, “what should I do with this thing,” or, “what’s the best use for these?” “Should I recycle; can I recycle?”
Our journey to “do the right thing” with our own clutter and excess household items that we no longer used, needed, or wanted to store, led us to compile this recycling guide. After a couple of decades of managing our families and careers—and through several household moves—we accumulated a lot. Even if we kept it all organized and boxed up, at some point, our interests and lifestyles shifted, and all of this stuff became clutter that we needed to dispose of. The kids grew up and no longer liked Dr. Seuss books, the roller blades no longer fit, and we all were upgrading our cell phones every two years. Before we knew it, it was all too much.
We’ve both been traveling the path to reduce consumption and simplify our lives for years. As we explored all of the options for passing along our “common clutter,” our research uncovered a world of possibilities for our discards.
We learned to look for the highest and best use for our clutter, and we felt responsible for making sure the stuff we had acquired was handled in a sustainable way. We started to feel responsible for our trash!
Think Outside the Bin is filled with ideas for making better choices for the destiny of common household items. It’s social recycling—taking your unwanted items and putting them in the best possible next set of hands! Think outside of the bin; it’s a way of life you can feel really good about. Help your neighbor; help your earth.
– Melinda L. Anderson and Tracy S. Himes
Melinda Anderson is a Certified Professional Organizer who applies the green principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle when organizing your home, office, and family. She’ll utilize the containers you already own, find great places for you to donate your unwanted stuff, recycle whenever possible, and send as little clutter to the landfill as necessary. Melinda and her family live in Atlanta, GA. Visit her website at SouthernHomeOrganizers.com .
Tracy Himes is an “eco-educator,” a freelance columnist for Kannapolis/Concord Independent Tribune, a local speaker and a Founding Independent Consultant for Chartreuse. As a developer of commercial real estate for 20 years and a LEED Accredited Professional in New Construction, she has extensive knowledge of what constitutes a healthy home and environment: indoor air quality, toxins and poisons to avoid, and disposal techniques using sustainable choices. Tracy and her family live in Harrisburg, NC. Visit her website at VerdeMom.com .