Spring Organizing Challenge: Day 3

Today’s challenge has you going through your house and garage looking for old paint cans, spray paint bottles, automotive fluids and other hazardous waste items that are no longer being used.  I just had this done by my husband and asked him to gather them in a box for me to dispose of.  It took him all of 3 minutes to figure out what we don’t use anymore. However, we often ignore these things when organizing our home.  Look at those cans of paint and remember when was the last time the walls were painted pink in your kitchen, or lime green in your bedroom. 

I believe a reason we hold on to these cans and bottles is that we simply don’t know how to dispose of them.  I live in Fargo, ND and I have discovered that you can take these items to be safely disposed of at the hazardous wasted center in Fargo. When I organize client’s I offer this as part of my services. You would be surprised how much room old paint cans and chemicals are taking up in peoples homes!

Another thing I discovered is that it is free of charge.  Why wouldn’t you take the extra effort and get the chemicals out of your home. Let the experts dispose of the items for you instead of simply throwing them in the garbage.

Here is what the city I live in takes:

Fargo residents can bring household hazardous waste to our facility year-round at no charge during regular business hours. Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes items labeled danger, toxic, poisonous, corrosive or flammable such as paints, thinners, stains, varnish, drain and oven cleaners, poisons, automotive fluids, weed and insect killer, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, etc. These materials (in household quantities), among others, are accepted at the city’s permanent HHW facility. 

You may need to make a call or do a web search to find out the particulars in your city, but take the extra time and get those chemicals out of your home in a safe manner and not just dumped in our landfill.

Wondering what this challenge is all about? Here are the details:

Before you can tackle your Spring Cleaning you must first get your Spring Flinging done, or as I like to call it “Spring Green Fling”, because I want you to be green as you are getting rid of the items that no longer are going to be in your home. I am going to challenge my readers and followers on facebook to join me as we get organized before we start our Spring Cleaning. This challenge will last 10 days and will close at midnight CST on March 30, 2011. I even have a prize at the end of the challenge. The winner will receive one hour of my organizing services. Don’t live by me, no worries as we can chat on the phone or via Skype or even do your organizing through email.

To be entered in the challenge you need to post a comment on my blog or post a comment on my facebook page. Each comment you get one point. Each point will enter you in the drawing for the free organizing hour. Invite your friends and family to join and tell me you invited them and you will get 2 points! For example if you get 50 points, you get 50 chances to win!

Remember to share with your friends and family, as you know if you send this to your mother she will spam all her friends with this…..go ahead, they wont mind!

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity. She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at www.ididit-fargo.com . Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at melissa@ididit-fargo.com. For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page here.

If you try any of my suggestions, I would love to hear from you. It helps me to understand what my readers want me to write about and what they think is a waste of their time….thanks for taking the time to help me out.