Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earn Your Mothers Respect - Live Green and Clean

Earthday is Today - so we want to remind you that we are only renting the space we occupy and we should learn to be good tenants; or mom might get mad and cancel our leases. remember that each thing you have occupies space on the planet. make it worth that precious space - or discard it and get something green which will earn it's space.

Remember This - America, A Horse With No Name. 

Listen to the lyrics, because they are talking about what's coming if we keep burning up our planet. we'll all end up in a desert forgetting our names because there wont' be any rain or anyone body to give us anything. we will all be dead from thirst.
These are the Lyrics - to help you remember

A Horse With No Name lyrics

On the first part of the journey
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds
and rocks and things.
There was sand and hills and rings.

The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
and a sky with no clouds.
The heat was hot
and the ground was dry
but the air was full of sound.

I've been through the desert
on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert,
you can't remember your name
'cause there ain't noone
for to give you no pain.

La la... la lalala la lala la... la.. la.
la la... la lalala la lala la... la.. la.

After two days in the desert sun
my skin began to turn red.
After three days in the desert sun
I was looking at a river bed.
And the story it told of a river that flowed
made me sad to think it was dead.


After nine days, I let the horse run free
'cause the desert had turned to sea.
There were plants and birds
and rocks and things.
There was sand and hills and rings.
The ocean is a desert
with its life underground
and a perfect disguise above.
Under the city
lies a heart made of ground
but the humans will give no love.


Today we want to remind you of three things you can do, to make your life greener. these are tips from a professional organizer. if anyone could narrow it down it's our friend Lori from The Clutter Diet Blog.

  1. Recycle With Care - don't put poisons into your recycle-ables or trash bins. when you have leftover spray insecticides, paint, fertilizers, motor oils. or other toxics; don't put them into your trash. put them into a seperate marked container for special handling at the recycling center.  also put your batteries into a bag when they are dead and return them for free safe recycling to any bestbuy or radio shack store. if we all did this, we could clean up our landfills, waterways and our groundwater systems; all within one lifetime.
  2. Donate to Charities instead of trashing usable items such as clothing and household goods.  Local Rehabilitation Charities such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army do marvelous things with donated goods. they rebuild lives and homes from your donations. keep the cycle going by donating instead of discarding - ALWAYS.
  3. Freecycle and Recycle in your network. pass it on, give it away and repurpose what you no longer use. it's the quickest way to upcycle your life and space.  there is an old saying that once you make way for a blessing, it will come. so make way for your blessings by passing on your riches to those who need them. Have Faith that your goodwill will give you exactly what you need, when you need it.

Remember This is Our Home, Not a Rubbish Bin,

Earth Day is Coming! 3 Ways to Organize "Green"

Earth-drop2 Just a brief post this time before I head out to the annual NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) conference in Columbus, Ohio, tomorrow morning! I am looking forward to sharing with you what I learn when I return-- always great new products and new insights from my colleagues.

Friday will continue with my series on my new favorite book, Switch, which I have been writing about for a couple of weeks now.

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22!

Organizing exposes a lot of waste in our own personal environments. People are often amazed at the numbers of garbage bags we throw out, the height of the donation piles, and the massive amounts of paper that we need to discard as we do organizing projects. Let's make sure we take care of this waste properly in consideration of the environment!
1) Please don't throw poison away in your household trash! Look it up on to find out the nearest hazardous waste disposal option for your area. Paint, batteries, gardening chemicals, automotive chemicals, and other household items like cleaners do not belong in our landfill (and therefore our water supply, etc!).

2) Donate as much as you can. Did you know that the average American throws away 54 pounds of clothing and shoes a year (into the landfill!)? (statistic from @GoodwillKY) This blogger wrote a wonderful photo essay of what happens to clothing at the Goodwill San Francisco facility--it's really worth reading. Goodwill does a fantastic job of not only helping the environment by processing these donations, but also helping our economy at the same time by helping to place people in jobs. Goodwill has a donation site locator here so you can find the most convenient drop-off location (please make sure you're dropping off at a legitimate donation site and not a random box in a parking lot that may be "for profit" and not "for real.")

3) Recycle. I am appalled at the amount of paper I have thrown out with clients over my ten-year career as an organizer, before I became more aware of recycling and it became normal to discuss with clients. Recycle whatever you can-- plastic, paper, cans, glass, steel-- whatever is accepted in your area. If you are doing an organizing project, the volume you'll uncover will probably even make it worth hauling it somewhere if you don't have curbside pickup.

On a final note, if you have not seen the magnificent Hubble 3D movie at the IMAX theaters, I really hope you can see it soon. It is humbling and inspiring, and I have rarely felt so proud of the human race for accomplishing this incredible window into our universe. And seeing our Earth from that vantage point makes you realize even more how much we need to protect this rare and valuable jewel, our home. (And I am kind of a space exploration nerd-- I have utmost respect and admiration for the astronauts and engineers that make it all possible...)

Talk to you soon, after NAPO conference!

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FishHawk said...

Whoa, I have always loved America's "Horse With No Name," but I had no idea what it was really all about. Of course, that is nothing unusual. For I had no idea what The Kinks were singing about in "Lola" until many years later. However, I still sing along with that song when I hear it (just not so loudly).

askcherlock said...

Terrific post on a very important issue. Little things like donating clothing can not only help the Earth, but in these times, many are wisely using Thrift shops and making some great finds. Really like the song too!