We all have stuff around our house that is just there, has not been used or looked at in years and probable has a bunch of years left in them to be unused or not be looked at. You might as well collect all of those items and try to sell them and make some money of all that clutter. I came by this interesting article on the Bankrate website ‘Cashing in on the re-commerce trend’ where they explain which items are good to sell and share ideas on where to sell them in this economy.
After reading the most recent article I came across about plastic and paper shopping bags I felt I should share this in the hope of making a difference, every bag does count!
So why not get a reusable bag or a few so you always have one close. Nowadays most places charge you at least 5 cents or more for a bag and you can buy a reusable bag for as low as 99 cents in my experience. So in the end you are not only saving the environment but also saving yourself money by using a reusable bag.
We all know these flimsy plastic bags you get everywhere while shopping are not the best and strongest bags, are damaging to our environment and a huge waste of the Earth’s resources- yet we still accept and use them everyday. These plastic bags spend hundreds of years in landfills to break down or for example end up floating in the ocean and being eaten by animals that see it as food and most of the times die. Each and every person in the world can take part in preventing this!
Most single or little items you buy don’t need a bag and are easy to carry without one. When shopping at different stores, use the first shopping bag and add all other purchases into that one bag as much as you can. Make that little effort and don’t accept any bag, paper or plastic, when you don’t need to.
Make that change for yourself and the future health of planet Earth and your own. What is keeping you from using reusable bags?
(edit: 10-02-12): Also check this very interesting website “A Bag’s Life”, it gives you the resource where to recycle / drop off plastic bags and related items in your area.
Last Saturday I volunteered as part of a group of NAPO Organizers at A Wider Circle located in Silver Spring Maryland where we organized inventory and reorganized their warehouse and office space. AWC provides beds, dressers, and other basic need items to families that are moving out of shelters or living in neglected neighborhoods, all their services are provided free of charge. So I strongly recommend when you are planning to donate your furniture and/or other items to check this link to the official AWC website, how to donate. You will be helping out the people that are in need the most, for example, a 5 year old child that never owned or slept on a real bed. The people that can’t afford to buy their child a used bed at a Salvation Army or Goodwill thrift store. So please donate at A Wider Circle, just visit their website, read what they are about and you’ll understand. They also except financial contributions and they have volunteer opportunities.
I will regularly update this website with Professional Organizer related blog posts about things I’ve seen, heard and learned. I will post useful tips, re-post interesting articles and videos, just about anything I think will be worth to see and read about.