sustainability

The Simple Wardrobe Strategy that Transformed My Closet

The Simple Wardrobe Strategy that Transformed My Closet

Have you been feeling blah about your wardrobe?

Maybe you've been feeling bored and uninspired. Maybe you've been struggling to put together your outfits. Maybe your clothes aren't fitting their best. Maybe you're just running out of space. Whatever the case, you're living the cliche of "a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear."

Oh man, have I been there. Many of us are in the habit of undervaluing our wardrobes. We let ourselves down by saying that it doesn't matter.

I know that for a long time, I dismissed my instincts to care about how I present myself as shallow. But it's not necessarily about other people's opinions, or fitting in with society, or about devaluing non-physical aspects of ourselves. I discovered that for me, it's about feeling my best and celebrating each day.

How to Reduce Your Household Waste (without Going Crazy)

How to Reduce Your Household Waste (without Going Crazy)

Earlier this week, I had the great pleasure of attending the town hall at Northampton High School where Senator Markey and Congressman McGovern discussed the Green New Deal. There was a lot of great conversation, and the event filled me with hope that our country might have a chance at becoming better stewards of this planet.

As is the case with so many people, the idea of a looming climate crisis has been on my mind for years, and at times I've felt quite helpless about it. It just seemed like too big of a problem. Sure, I had reusable grocery bags (that I almost always forgot to bring with me to the store), and I would try to recycle things if they were obviously recyclable. But I barely had the energy to follow through with the few things I knew I could do, much less think of solutions for other ways I was contributing negatively to the environment.

The Organized Pantry

The Organized Pantry

Every week was the same.

I would buy a plastic container of fresh spinach on Sunday, eat a tiny bit on Monday, and then ignore it until it went bad. The following Sunday, I’d throw it out, and start my cycle over again. It felt awful. I wanted to eat my greens and was holding on to the idea of it - but couldn’t seem to bring it full circle and finish the damn container.

Too much fresh food went out that way in my hands. I’d have the best intentions of cooking and eating healthy at the beginning of the week - but I just wouldn’t be able to actually get it together over the course of the week. Not only was my diet deficient in fresh produce, I was all but throwing money away!

I wondered where I was going wrong. When I actually asked the question, I realized that the answer was two-fold. For one thing, my kitchen was a nightmare to work in. And for another, I didn’t have a real plan for how to buy and manage food.

If you want to organize your food storage, you need a plan for buying and managing food in your kitchen.

Is Decluttering Bad for the Environment?

Is Decluttering Bad for the Environment?

When I first decided to become a professional organizer, my mind immediately flashed to the nine bags of trash that I generated during my first big decluttering bender (and that's with donating and recycling.) This made me want to take an environmentally conscious approach when guiding others in this work.

In my research, I came across staggering statistics about our society's major trash problem and felt inspired not just to support others in their decluttering process, but change my entire lifestyle around to take a big chunk out of my household's waste.

While environmental concerns can sometimes hold people back from decluttering, because they don't want to add to the trash problem, I argue that it can actually be good for the environment.

How to Let Go of "Perfectly Good" Clutter

How to Let Go of "Perfectly Good" Clutter

I was working with an awesome client of mine who had spent a lot of time decluttering and organizing before we started working together.

One of the biggest pains for her was her mudroom. It was crowded (actually, her word was “constipated”) with all kinds of stuff that she had decided to get rid of - but she was at a loss of how to literally remove this “perfectly good” clutter from her space.

Like so many of my clients, she’s very concerned about the environment. It didn’t feel right for her to just throw so much usable stuff in the trash and call it a day.