Green Organizing – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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Green livingWelcome to the April issue of the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival! I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the posts which were submitted, and was pleased to pick up many new ideas. Whether you’re looking for eco-friendly ways to help your clients deal with clutter, or trying to implement green practices in your own home or business, you’re sure to learn something here.

Since professional organizers frequently help their clients dispose of things they no longer need or want, they have a tremendous opportunity to help them do so in an environmentally responsible way. Lisa Montanaro does an excellent job of explaining about the connection between living “green” and getting organized in her post, “Green Organizing”: An Earth-Friendly Combination.

Ellen Delap continues the theme in Green Organizing: Baby Steps to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, advising that,

Having baby steps helps us commit to recycling.

Some of this month’s contributors blogged about specific aspects of green organizing. Jeri Dansky brings us The Latest on Plastic Food Storage – And Alternatives, Julie Bestry shares information about Greening Your Greetings: Recycling and Reusing Greeting Cards. Julie says that,

Digital greetings may reduce your carbon footprint, but nobody’s ever slept with an e-card tucked lovingly under her pillow. These recyclable/reusable greeting cards are eco-friendly while still making a joyous Ta-Da in your loved ones’ mailboxes.

Angela Esnouf submitted a post about fuelling our brains and bodies responsibly, Need more energy?

Several organizers shared their best strategies for reusing or recycling things instead of discarding them. In 5 Ways To Recycle And Donate For Green Organizing, Ramona Creel tells us that,

When you start organizing, the first step is often cleaning out — but this process doesn’t have to create bags of trash for the landfill, if you take the time to make sure that anything usable goes to a better home…

Margarita Ibbott answers the question, Can I recycle stuff instead of throwing it out?, and Barbara Tako explains how to Help others and help yourself: Declutter for green living, charity, and yourself.

Environmental experts tell us that it’s even more important to reduce our impact on the environment, and Audrey Cupo tells us how in Going Green Without Going Crazy.

In honor of Mother’s Day, the theme for the next Professional Organizers Blog Carnival will be Organizing Tips for Busy Moms, and submissions may be made at any time up until noon on Monday, May 10. The topic for June will be Organizing for Special Events.

In the meantime, I’d like to thank all the bloggers who participated in this month’s Professional Organizers Blog Carnival. Please take the time to read their posts, leave comments, and get to know one another! If you have some ideas about green organizing that haven’t been mentioned here, or if you’d like to suggest a future topic, feel free to leave a comment below.

Topics for 2024

Forming New Habits
Submission dates: December 21 to January 17
Sponsor: Geralin Thomas, Career Coach to Professional Organizers

Creative Storage Solutions
Submission dates: January 18 to February 14
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Money Management
Submission dates: February 15 to March 20
Sponsor: Mindflows for ADHD

Education and Organizing
Submission dates: March 21 to April 17
Sponsorship available

Filing Systems
Submission dates: April 18 to May 15
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Submission dates: May 16 to June 19
Sponsor: Peggy Wonder, Space For You

Writing and Organizing
Submission dates: June 20 to July 17
Sponsorship available

Meal Planning
Submission dates: July 18 to August 14
Sponsorship available

Organizing Meetings
Submission dates: August 15 to September 18
Sponsorship available

Organizing for Seasonal Changes
Submission dates: September 19 to October 16
Sponsorship available

Best Organizing & Productivity Books
Submission dates: October 17 to November 20
Sponsorship available

Best of 2024
Submission dates: November 21 to December 25
Sponsorship available

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  1. Avatar Elaine Shannon on April 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Thanks again Janet for challenging me as a writer and researcher. I love participating in your Carnival and appreciate all that you do for your readers…and ours.

  2. Avatar Janet Barclay on April 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Elaine, thanks for letting me know that you’re using the Blog Carnival to challenge your skills!

    When I first thought of setting up a Blog Carnival for Professional Organizers, I only saw it as a way for organizers to share their content with one another. I’m so glad that it is doing that, and much more!

  3. Avatar Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny on May 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    This is a great idea for a blog carnival! I find this to be a really effective way for finding lots of useful information all in one place without having to spend lots of time looking for it. Thanks!

  4. Avatar Janet Barclay on May 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks, Cheryl! I hope you had a chance to read some of the posts and got some great tips on green organizing.

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