Someone asked me if being green in organizing was simply another excuse to hold onto trash and keep clutter. ABSOLUTELY NOT!
There was an article in the N & O last year on an artist who makes art from stuff people want to throw away. Some people might see it as junk, but this man has chosen to make something artistic out of it. I am not a big fan of modern art, so I can see how people wouldn’t appreciate what he has created. Alas, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
So many times when I see organizing or cleaning shows on TV I see all of this good stuff just being chucked into a container to be dumped at a landfill later. Eco-organizing is about recycling what you can according to your local laws; reusing items that are in good condition; donating items, such as clothes, that can be used by someone else. There are many alternatives out there (freecyle/Craigs List, etc.) for you to give to someone else instead of simply pitching. I prefer to think of it as organizing and letting go of clutter responsibly.
It is not healthy for anyone to hold onto too much stuff, even if they want to be green; I help clients find alternatives to letting go of items so they can feel good about letting go. To learn more about my eco-organizing code of ethics go here: