Just about any professional organizer will tell you the same exact thing when it comes to a stress-free and organized home: get rid of all the stuff you don’t use or love. We say that because by minimizing your stuff, you are reducing the clutter that leaves you feeling stressed, frustrated, and maybe even depressed. That’s because clutter = unmade decisions.
But here at Organize by Designe, we take it one step further. We’re not just interested in getting rid of your stuff, we are interested in how we’re getting rid of your stuff. Just like you want your own home cared for, we want to see our collective home cared for. Just as much as we want to sustain the long-term organization in your home, we want to avoid long-term negative effects on our planet.
We want to mindfully minimize and keep as much as possible out of the landfill.
The Heart Behind Sustainable Home Organizing
Why is this a foundational value in our in-home organization company? Well, I remember sitting in health class in 7th grade watching a video about landfills and how we cannot sustain the way we are filling them up. It honestly freaked me out so much. Sometimes when you hear wisdom it just really resonates, you know? We all have to choose our battles and pick what causes feel nearest to our hearts. For me, sustainability has hit home. It is the one way I can give back. I know that I am making a tiny difference even though this world is so huge and so much needs to happen.
This is the heart of me, which means it’s the heart of my home organizing business here in Plano, IL. When you work with me and my team, we aren’t just concerned about the end goal of a beautiful transformation that turns a space into a home (though we really do love that so much!). We are also concerned about the steps it takes to get there.
That’s why we are going to focus on recycling, repurposing, and reusing every step of the way.
Organize by Designe is all about maximizing recycling. We will start with the obvious things like paper or glass and keep going from there. I will take textiles that do not fit and electronic items that do not work anymore and drop them off at the proper facilities. I will recycle hazardous waste. If you have the leftover gallons of paint, we will go through the steps to dispose of them correctly, so none of it harms the landfill or water system. When we are doing kitchen organization, people want to throw out old food. We will take the extra time to properly rinse and prepare the containers for recycling.
Whenever you sign up to work with me, I will send you a list of my top organizing products you can buy to help you maintain a functional space. But it is amazing how many items you can repurpose as well. For example, when we toss out that old food I just mentioned, the remaining glass jars can make wonderful holders for nails, screws, nuts, and bolts in the garage. With a strong magnetic strip, you can even have them hanging from a shelf or cabinet to avoid surface clutter.
This is the ultimate “think green”–not only are you saving the environment, but you’re also saving some money.
It really is true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I say it all the time. Something that’s adding clutter to your home may be something someone else desperately needs or can find a creative use for. We are always thinking about donations throughout our home organization process. I’ll research children’s medical facilities and see if they want to take things like games or toys. I even do research and bring things like travel-size toothpaste and shampoo and conditioner to the largest homeless shelter in Illinois (Hesed House).
If you are in Plano, IL, or the surrounding metropolitan area and hoping to get your home organized, register for a free consultation with Organize by Designe. You can feel confident that the transformation of your home was done sustainably.