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Happy Earth Day

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 22, 2011 in Family, life, Moms |

 

Today is Earth Day and I want to challenge you to make a difference in your world today!

Here are a few easy to implement ideas for making our earth a greener place to live. I really would like you to donate with purpose. Don’t just gather your unwanted, old and tired items and donate them. Before you donate the items look at them and decide will someone else be able to use this thing? If it is stained, has holes in it or missing pieces, you probably should not donate it. But you don’t want to fill up the landfill either, so what should you do?

1. Alternative ideas:

a. What do you do with your stained towels? Call the Humane Society as a cat or dog won’t care if the towels you donate are stained. See other ideas here.

b. What about my jeans with holes in them? Find a local quilter who makes quilts out of blue jeans. I also do this with my old sheets as they can use the large pieces of fabric for the backs of quilts or for the filler in the quilts.

c. What should I do with my old magazines? If they are recent issues, drop them off at your local gym, nursing home, hospital, doctors’ offices. For older magazines in great shape, call the library as they are sometimes in need of them. That is how I got rid of my 4 + year collection of Martha Stewart Living.

d. What do you do with your worn out tennis shoes that are beyond donation? You would then send them to Nike’s Shoe Recycling. What I love about this program is that they then recycle all the parts of the shoe and turn them into useable play ground materials. They can be any brand of tennis shoe. Call your neighbors and friends as well and see how many you can gather. If you send many shoes into Nike as opposed to one pair, your carbon footprint will be less. TIP: I keep a garbage can in my garage that is just for me to place the shoes in. So as my kids grow out of their shoes I collect them until I have enough to send in.

e. What to do with your shoes that can be donated? There is an incredible organization out there called Soles for Souls. Check out more about this organization here. You will be blown away by this organization, please take the time to see how you can help!

f. Not sure where to recycle? Go here and put in your zip code and it will get you to the right place!

g. Got drugs? Visit this site and it will tell you where to drop off the drugs. Please don’t flush them or put them in the landfill!

If you want to know how to keep the stuff from coming into your house in the first place.….buy less stuff! Once you learn to donate with purpose, you now can learn to buy with purpose and avoid those impulse buys. Need some ideas, here you go!
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.

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