Reusable bags are definitely one of those categories that almost every home has umpteen too many. and since we’re on the subject, here are some tips we circulated last year at our resuable bag drive, Bags for Bneato.
1. For starters, take inventory. Once you have all the bags in front of you, it’s easy to let some go and keep your faves. You can donate the extras or give to a friend in need.
2. Now that you have whittled down the excess, try and stick to your new bag number limit. For instance, the next time someone offers you a reusable bag at an event–just say no.
3. And follow the one in, one out rule. If you find yourself admiring a reusable bag and want to purchase it, then you’ll have to make a decision and donate one from your current collection.
4. Next you’ll have to decide where to store the bags so you’ll actually remember to use them. We like theChico Bag because it folds up to fit in your purse (and they have a carabiner to attach to your keychain).
5. Another option is storing the bags close to your shopping list, that way, when you’re jotting down what you need from the store, you’ll remember to bring your reusable bag.
6. Keep a few in the car and if you need prompting, put a sticky note on the dash-board that says, “take reusable bags into store.”
7. Hooks in the entryway are a great place to keep and display your reusable bags and remember, once you’ve unpacked your groceries, return the bags to their home (whether it be the entryway, the front door knob or the car).
8. And reusable bags aren’t limited to carrying groceries. Use them for your take-out food, trips to Target and the mall!
Day 9 is courtesy of Lauren up in Napa. Her friend’s closet definitely got an overhaul and i’m glad they sent this pic to show us their progress!
Lauren (Bneato team member) had a fab idea to start a series called, ‘Inspired by Bneato,’ when a friend sent her a picture of her organized closet after being inspired from one of our blog posts. I love the idea as it creates accountability around our goals and makes the task a little more fun when we share and are recognized. Please send in your photos and a quick blurb if you’ve been inspired by us to get your space organized (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Day 7 is courtesy of Ms. Lauren and it looks like she got into her medicine closet—as I suggested yesterday. And since there are all types of expired and no longer needed meds that are usually found in the bathroom, I thought this was as good a time as any to share an excerpt from my recent webinar. The 1-hour class was all about bathroom organization and in this quick snippet, you’ll find out how to properly dispose of unwanted meds!
Links I talk about in clip
- National Take Back Initiative
- Medicines to Flush
- Don’t be Tempted to Use Expired Medicines
- Medication Disposal Q&A
- Los Angeles S.A.F.E. Center
i’m traveling for the next couple of weeks but i don’t plan to let that stop my 40 bags in 40 days challenge! this pic is from my bathroom that is featured in this fun DIY post on magnetizing the medicine cabinet. with medicine cabinets, get rid of anything that is expired, crusty or just plain smells weird.
so technically, i didn’t throw away the light on the left but i did take it down and finally replaced it with a more simple sconce on the right. we rent, otherwise, that eyesore of a light on the left would be O-U-T. we have really old wiring and after much consulting of the interwebs, baller hardware, an electrician via phone and a nice neighbor, i finally have a gorgeous and minimal light that i love. goodbye ornate wall sconce!
after working all day, i’m beat. i got nothing except that it feels so damn good to get rid of sh$%. #quoteme
today i let go of:
- hole-y socks
- tights with no elasticity
- a t-shirt that i received for running my first and only marathon. i’ve tried to get rid of it for 5 years now but just couldn’t swing it—until today. (if i’m being totally honest, it wasn’t comfy and i was finally ready to let it go. i have the medal for running the race which is a much better representation of all my hard work).
Today, I got into the linen closet and went through all my plastic drawer units and purged:
- expired meds
- old nail polish and make-up that I never wear
- anything that looked like it was from the last decade
- tubes and bottles that were near empty
- I ‘married’ any 2 like items that were both half empty
- got rid of bulky packages
what did you get rid of today?!
Yesterday, I scanned in paperwork that has been sitting around in the office for a week or so (the beau’s medical records and vet paperwork). which was actually quite interesting as I discovered that the beau’s dog’s original name from the shelter was ‘Parker.’ He goes by ‘Mayor’ now and I would have never had that peek into his past had I not gotten rid of old paperwork.
Today’s toss centers around gift bags. You may also have something similar in your home (takeaways from conferences attended, free gift sets from the make-up counter, etc.) These are things we didn’t buy but for some reason, because they were free, we feel the need to hold onto. We think we should use them or want to use them but they just end up being clutter because we tend to use the things we like (and paid for).
So I went through my recent grab bag of freebies from the 7th Annual Organizing Awards and donated lots of office supplies that I would never use.
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A guest blog by Bneato team member Lauren Mang
I first learned of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge from Pinterest while browsing organization ideas (follow my Hyper Organized Board if you dare). If you haven’t already signed up for a Pinterest account, I highly recommend you do. It’s an amazing and essential tool for the paperless lifestyle!
Back to the challenge… My interest was peaked as soon as I realized it was a giant list of rooms/areas to purge. The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge has been featured on a couple of different blogs, but I first learned of it on Little Lucy Lu’s page where she states ‘I love throwing things away like it’s nobody’s business. No, you don’t understand… I LOVE IT.’ Is this woman me?! Because I love it, too!
Here’s the breakdown: Rid your life/house of 40 bags of ‘stuff’ during the 40 days of Lent (which begins February 13, 2013 this year). This includes: junk, clutter, garbage, or things you no longer use or love. Bags do not have to mean great big giant garbage bags – they can be any kind of bag: ziplock bag, brown paper lunch bag, shopping bag, plastic bag, or even 95 gallon trash bags (yes, those exist). You can use the list above (from Little Lucy Lu) or you can create your own list according to your own needs. The point is, challenge yourself to really evaluate your items and make decisions of what you need and what you don’t.
Donate your bags to charity, or if you must, put them in the trash. Lent is traditionally a time when devote Catholics repent or fast. According to Wikipedia, today’s Catholics usually ‘give up a vice of theirs, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.’ It sounds like this challenge covers all three!
So take a page out of a Catholic’s book and give up clutter, give up junk, give up things you no longer love or use. At the end of 40 days you’ll have a better appreciation for the things you kept, and maybe even a small addiction to purging. Trust me, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. We can all learn to live with less… in a matter of only forty days.
*side note: if you read this post after February 13, 2013, feel free to still take on the challenge. You can tailor it to your needs: do 2-3 areas or bags a day, instead There are no rules other than doing your best to rid yourself of clutter!