1. Keep, Donate or Discard – When looking through long-term belongings, ask yourself this question: Is this item used very often? If this item were gone, would it be missed?
2. Sort Items -When sorting, have a box for items to keep and a box for items to toss, a box for items to be donated and a separate box for items to be recycled. For the items you are unsure about, mark the box with the days date and if no one uses anything out of it for a period of time, then donate those items.
3. Electronics – To save money and energy ensure that all of your electrical items are plugged into a power strip with the power in the off position when not in use. Also thrift stores will take any appliances or electronics that are still in good working condition.
4. Reduce Spending -Don’t shop for shopping’s sake. Keep a shopping list handy so you get only what you intended to buy. On any larger purchases, “sleep on it”, instead of “leap on it”, which can save you money.
5. Reduce & Recycle -Reduce a personal waste stream by purchasing items with minimal packaging: use the bulk food section and bring re-usable bags and containers. For a great assortment of reusable bags click here.
6. Keep/Buy Items with Multiple Uses -Emphasis on all purchases should rely on durability and multiuse. For long term items, look for ones that have multiple uses, such as an all-in-one fax/copier/printer/scanner, or a Versatile jacket, which can replace multiple jackets.
7. Repurpose – Repurposing various items saves money and helps the planet. An old pillowcase can serve as a delicate wash bag, a bottle that held wine can make a beautiful vase, and old door can be used as a desk. Try to think of new ways to use those items you no longer have use for.