There is a new $.07 cent bag tax being implemented in 12 major US cities. We Chicagoans will have to adjust to bringing our own bags to any retail store, especially to the local grocery market where we’ll need them the most. “The Checkout Bag Tax is imposed on the retail sale or use of checkout bags in Chicago” (see link).
We may have a difficult time remembering to bring reusable shopping bags or get frustrated with the added cost, however, this new policy will force us to find new sources for our bags. It will be time to make use of the trusted reusable shopping bag. I recommend having them accessible by leaving them in your car or keep a small folded type bag in your purse.The benefit will be that those piles of plastic bags we own will finally be significantly reduced. There will no longer be piles of plastic bags that fill an entire kitchen cabinet. The opportunity to get rid of this bag hoarding habit will now make way for something practical or essential like pots and pans. We’ll have extra space on a shelf or in the pantry.
If you still find yourself overwhelmed by the overflow of bags in your kitchen, consider reducing them to only a handful and put them in a bin of their own. Get creative and make a dispenser, placing them in your pantry, a shelf or cabinet to store them in.
When you finish putting away your groceries, don’t just ball them up, instead, roll them up neatly so you have more room. I do this and it only takes me 5 seconds, tops. Consolidate all your paper and plastic bags, and put a lid on the mess.
I like most IKEA products for the kitchen. Their stylish and unique designs are practical and function well for containing anything.
“Letting go” for any reason can be easy for some and not so easy for others. When it comes to organizing it could be the one thing that is holding you back from feeling more harmony in your home or be more productive in your work.
I encourage a person to let go of only those items in their space that they no longer need, love or find useful in their lives.
People sometimes hold on only because they don’t know what to do with their “stuff” and feel guilt or feel irresponsible if they throw them out of their lives. If you find this being true for you and acknowledge you don’t need, like, love something you own and don’t know what to do with “your stuff”, then we encourage you to donate, and recycle responsibly. Don’t allow not knowing what to do with something to hold you back from creating the space you need for future goals. Letting go can make you feel empowered. Visit our list of useful resources to call and arrange a pick up of your de-cluttered donations.
The Song from Disney Pixar films is an encouraging song. Its motivating to own up to who you are and what you possess. Not be fearful. Inspiring you to take action and create a better place for yourself.
The first few things that come to mind when someone owns a business is how to create cash flow, or how to maintain a loyal client base. How to get everything done before the day is done. Small businesses rarely have the opportunity to look beyond and analyze one’s methods of operation. Nor does one wonder what habits they can build upon? Creating a sustainable business appears for some to be something a bit beyond their reach. However, At Mercury Organizing Professionals, we don’t think so, we work as a personal organizing coach to show you how to use simple techniques that prove beneficial to grow your business.
How can being a sustainable business help grow my business? Let’s determine what defines a “Sustainable Business”. Sustainability means different things to different people but in most cases its a strategy that looks for ways to optimize the effectiveness and quality of one’s social and physical environment, with the benefit of a long term profitability.
When we work with a small business or individual; sustainability is on the top of our minds. Every client has different needs and priorities at the moment. so putting their needs into consideration while we project manage the organizing is vital. Consciously choosing to work and live in a sustainable way helps you gain the focus you need to accomplish your goals in less amount of time.
Are you wasting energy? Are you buying things over and over just because you can’t find them? Are you piling paperwork and can’t find important documents? Ask yourself what perpetual habit causes you to create clutter or to become overwhelmed with excessive non-core tasks? Its what you do in the first place that takes you to a level of conscientious choosing. Creating a sustainable business means you value the process as well as the result.
Its Earth day! This time year we dedicate a conscious effort to help the planet. We are borrowing this earth from the next generation and we should leave it better than we found it. Consider your carbon foot print not just in the larger scale but in the simple things we do at home.
Here are the top 10 things you can do.
Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they’re available. Look for Energy Star!
Buy locally, or grow your own! Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport.
Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely. (Are there paint cans sitting around?)
Reduce. Cut back on the amount of ‘stuff’ that could later end up as waste.
Reuse. Upcycle! Take something that is disposable and transform it into something of greater use and value.
Recycle metals, plastics and paper.
E-cycle. Recycle and/or properly dispose of electronic waste such as computers and other gadgets.
Don’t litter! Properly dispose of trash and waste.
When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging.
Pass on gas! Take public transportation, carpool, plan your day to reduce trips and vehicle emissions.
Where can you go to shop local? Try a garage sale, Second hand stores, Estate sales, Antique shops, Community Resale Events, Shop at Etsy.
Don’t think that our efforts won’t go unnoticed. Its important to know that every little bit helps.The more planning in your home or office you take to process through your paperwork and “stuff” you own, you’ll discover that you’ll have less to sort through on a daily basis. Why not dedicate Earth day to an effort that benefits you and your family. This will save you time and money as well. We can’t just think that it is a corporation’s obligation to find a solution for a better environment, we can take it seriously and do what we can as well.
What will you do with that old cell phone or computer now that you got a new one for the holiday? Don’t toss it in the garbage just yet unless you want to pay a fine. Recycling in Chicago is now a law. Starting Jan. 1, Illinois residents must recycle their expired electronic equipment under a law aimed at keeping the gadgets — and the toxic metals they contain — out of landfills. These computers and electronic equipment all contain toxic metals that are extracted and reused in the industry. Read more...
Now that the kids are back in school you are getting organized and ready for a full schedule of performances, sports and spelling bees. These are wonderful times for you to watch your children grow and achieve something that is special to them. You’re also getting ready to take photos and collect ribbons, trophies, and enjoy the triumphs of these special moments.
The joy of having a young achiever in your household is that you will have many more trophies to showcase. What happens when years go by and the kids have outgrown their toys and these childhood keepsakes? How do you keep them so that they don’t “take over” your home? Did you know that you could donate or recycle them?
Being a collector comes with responsibility. Showcase your trophies as long as you have room for them, or for as long as you find inspiration or motivation from them. If there is no reason to keep them, then it is time to store them. Keep them in a keepsake box if it is imperative to keep them. If you are ready to donate then visit Lamb Awards & Engraving. They created a recycle program where you can ship them your old trophies. This way you are not adding to the land fill while the next generation can enjoy their latest triumphs. Review your keepsakes from time to time and ask yourself if you can donate or recycle any of them.
Did you know that you can recycle Cork? Why? you ask? Not only is it an energy efficient, biodegradable, renewable and sustainable 100 % natural product but because there are 13 billion natural cork wine stoppers sold each year into the world market, and presently they are ending up in landfills.
Cork is a natural, buoyant material and has the ability to absorb and retain up to 9 grams of CO2. It is an important source of CO2 retention.
These recycled corks are used for shoe soles, bulletin boards, place mats, fishing rod handles, building insulation, playground equipment, floor tiles and packaging material.
According to an article posted on the ReCork America website, they have a plan with Whole Foods to accept wine corks in California. So, why not ask your local Whole foods to participate in the same program.
Click on the link “how to recycle ” above to learn the basic steps. Print it out and use as a resource. It is easy and you will be happy that you are doing something good for our environment. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse. If you need assistance call Mercury Organizing Professionals.