Repurposing & Upcycling – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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Repurposing & Upcycling - Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

Welcome to the latest edition of the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival! Earth Day is only a couple of weeks away, so let’s look at eco-friendly practices, specifically Repurposing and Upcycling.

Whether for organizing, storage, staging, redesign, or something altogether different, giving unwanted furniture and other items a new purpose is a growing trend with crafters, hobbyists and DIYers everywhere. Check out all these great ideas!

I’m thankful, as always, for all the professional organizers who have shared their Repurposing and Upcycling posts with us this month. As you go through the list, be sure to connect with them on social media, leave a comment, and/or share their posts with your own network. Please use the hashtag #POBC in your social media posts.

Are you on Pinterest? Here’s a quote you can pin to your “Earth Day” or “Green Organizing” boards.

Together, we can upcycle everything. The world will be better for our positive visions and actions. - William McDonough

Next month’s topic will be Organizing Outdoor Spaces, and you’re welcome to make your submission any time between now and Tuesday, May 10 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Do you offer a product or service that would interest professional organizers or their clients? Maximize your exposure by sponsoring an upcoming edition of the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival!

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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. Hazel Thornton Hazel Thornton on April 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Ooh! I can’t wait to read what my colleagues had to say about this topic! Thanks for including me, Janet!

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on April 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      I’m always happy to include you, Hazel – especially when you “go against the grain” so to speak!

  2. Avatar Seana Turner on April 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I’m having fun looking at all of these great ideas! Can’t believe I missed being a part of this one. Here are a few more ideas to contribute: .

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on April 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks for sharing your link, Seana – you’ve got some truly unique ideas there.

  3. Avatar Nancy Haworth on April 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    This is a great collection of posts, with lots of wonderful ideas! Thank you for including me!

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on April 13, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Always happy to include you, Nancy – and I think you’ve been first to submit the last several months too!

  4. Avatar Sabrina Quairoli on April 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    This is a great list of ways to take care of a home and the planet. Can’t wait to read them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on April 14, 2016 at 7:03 am

      I’m always impressed at the creative ideas people come up with. I think I’m clever because I reuse an attractive box that a gift came in, then I see where someone has created something beautiful using wallpaper remnants and an empty cereal box!

  5. Avatar Mandy on April 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    What a great group of colleagues. Excited to read these, I know it will have ideas I need to be using!! Thanks Janet

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on April 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      That’s one of the great things about the Blog Carnival – there’s always something new to learn!

  6. Avatar Julie Stobbe on April 15, 2016 at 8:03 am

    This is a great resource for organizers and clients. It is also a topic near to my heart, helping clients repurpose items.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on April 15, 2016 at 9:28 am

      When someone is attached to a certain item but is no longer using it, it’s great to find a brand new use for it !

  7. Avatar Allison on April 22, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing a great list of resources for upcycling!

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on April 23, 2016 at 6:22 am

      I’m glad you found it here, and I’d love to see you join us in a future Blog Carnival.

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