Week 7 of The Rubbish Diet

My how time flies!  It seems like only yesterday that we began week 1 of The Rubbish Diet. The Rubbish Diet challenge for week 7 is de-cluttering.  The kind of purge before the week 8 goal of zero waste.

I really try not to bring stuff in to the house.  That way I’m not stuck with having to get rid of it.  However, for some reason there are always stacks of papers that pile up.  And where the stacks of papers are the clutter seems to follow.  Part of this is poor organization on our part.  We need a system to file papers we want to keep then set-up the shredder for the stuff we don’t want (now I can use all that shredded paper for the compost bin!)

The other thing that keeps me from de-cluttering is myself.  I have in my head that I need lots and lots of time to tackle certain areas, even though every organization and de-clutter tip I read specifically tells me to set aside 15 min or an hour each day.  Maybe I’ll take this week and start putting that tip to the test.

Today is our trash pick-up day and we put out one bag of trash weighing about 12 lbs (food waste is still going in there since my compost container isn’t quite put together yet… I know, not good.)


About Amy Marpman

Director of Recycling Services at Great Forest, Inc. in NYC. Continually finding the balance of idealism with the practical realities that make or break recycling programs.
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