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Green Organizing – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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.

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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?

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?, 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.

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A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

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A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

5 Comments

  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.
    Elaine

  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!
    .-= Janet Barclay´s last blog ..Professional Organizers Blog Carnival for April 2010: Green Organizing =-.

  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!
    .-= Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny´s last blog ..Get Organized! What to Do Next to Stay Young from the Inside Out =-.

  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.
    .-= Janet Barclay´s last blog ..A First Timer’s Perspective on The Annual NAPO Conference =-.

  5. Avatar Janet Barclay on August 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Since you are ECO Organizers, that means a lot, coming from you! Thank you!

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