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Was great to be back in the studio with a full crew and some extras! We got caught up a bit and talked about an article I’d written for our local daily newspaper about a few simple eco-resolutions we could consider for the New Year, which led to a discussion on strategies for succeeding with them! Check out Green Diva Lisa’s great and thorough post on ways to succeed with whatever intentions you have for the New Year. Here is an excerpt with just a FEW ideas in one of several categories – De-Cluttering (fun):
Un-Clutter Your World – don’t try to unclutter the entire house, start with a drawer, or a closet. Approach each closet or drawer by emptying it out completely. My motto when de-cluttering is “bless it and let it go.”
- Cleaning out the closet: When in your clothes closet, if you haven’t worn it in a year, let it go. Donate your clothes, someone else might love them or need them.
- De-cluttering the kitchen: Start off by pulling everything our of the drawer or cabinet you are cleaning. If you haven’t used some of the gadgets you’ve collected, let them go. Do you really need 4 spatulas or 3 can openers. When you put things back, place the least used things at the back and the most used within easy reach. Then next year, if you find you never used those things in the back, maybe you could bless them and let them go as well.
- Organizing and storing: For the things you need to save but are not using, box or bin them up so you can store them neatly and find them easily. Mark them and make them easy to negotiate when storing them. I make a list on two sides of each box in case I need to store them facing our or sideways.
- Passing things down: When I last moved I boxed stuff up for my kids. Saving things that I don’t really use now that they will enjoy using that I can offer as meaningful gifts along the way. (go to the full post)
The Sleeping Naked is Green segment: Buy Only Fair Trade Tea launched a conversation on fair trade everything! We talked about what fair trade means and how we can get educated about where to find out about fair trade products. Listen to this week’s 5-min segment on fair trade.
Green Diva Lisa’s Take Two segment offered even more detail on great ideas for eco-resolutions for the New Year and ways to keep it simple and succeed.
Our feature interview guest was Debra Duneier, author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience. DARN, now it’s recorded for evidence – I got caught up in all the talk about de-cluttering and some of her inspiring ideas for getting ready for winter nesting, and I kind of made a commitment to de-clutter my house! Too many witnesses. Oh No. Fortunately, I have her book, which does have some great ideas. And, I’ve got Green Diva Lisa in my home/office every day and she is a de-cluttering task-master, so I guess I’ll be getting busy with that now! Stay tuned for updates on my progress . . .
We also announced the winner of last week’s Eco Friendly Printer KNOW YOUR GREEN Quiz – Chenoa Ashawasegai, who won a $100 gift certificate to Tekserve! In preparation for next week’s show, which will focus on the latest in green car technology as our favorite green car dude, John Voelcker reports in from the Detroit Auto Show, this week’s Eco Friendly Printer KNOW YOUR GREEN Quiz will be about green cars. The winner of this week’s quiz will get organic t-shirts and a $50 gift certificate. Please go to our facebook page and find this week’s quiz and play to win!
As always, please visit our website for LOTS of relevant links & resources from the show – Green Divas website.
Hope you’ll listen to this broadcast!