Welcome 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.
“Going green” generally refers to practicing the 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, and Elaine Shannon addresses all three in her Green Business: Environmentally friendly Business Organizing Tips (no longer online).
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, Joan Kosmachuk talks about Recycling Baby Carseats, and 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?
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?, Barbara Tako explains how to Help others and help yourself: Declutter for green living, charity, and yourself, and Eva Wallace says that Kermit Was Wrong – It IS Easy Being Green!
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, while Geralin Thomas shares a few of her own Eco-Friendly Organizing Hints.
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.