March 18, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger
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Sorting Using Labels

PROBLEM: When I sort I forget what my categories are.

SOLUTION: Label the piles.

HINT: For an easy and cost effective label write the label on a piece of scrap paper, tear it out, then write the next label. If you are worried about the labels moving, you can use a post-it note.

March 4, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger
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Memories

PROBLEM: I have lots of mementoes. I’m not sure what to do with them.

SOLUTION: Collect the mementoes and sort them into groups according to the event or person they represent. Focus on one of the groups. Decide which items you would like to keep and what items you would like to move along. Decide on a specific, strategic, or appropriate place for these items. This space can be a box, a shelf, or a drawer. Continue this process for the rest of the groups.

HINT: If some of the items are too big for the space that you identified, you can take a picture or write a few words about the item. You can move the item along and keep the picture or words in the space.

December 3, 2010
by Susan Hunsberger
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How to Handle Recycling

PROBLEM – I like to return my old bottles and cans to the grocery store to get my refund, but my bottles and cans get mixed in with my curb side recycling. I grudgingly push my bin to the street and wave my refund goodbye.

SOLUTION – In the kitchen, hallway, or closet set up two recycling receptacles. One for curbside and one for grocery store. For the grocery store recycling,
make sure you line the container with a plastic bag. That way, when the container gets full, you can simply tie up the bag and put it in the trunk of your car. The next time you’re at the grocery store your recycling is ready to be returned for your refund.

HINT – Look at the costs and benefits of taking the time to return the bottles and cans. If the refund is worth it – great, set up a system and do it! If the time, energy, and space for the bottles and cans seems to outweigh the amount of your refund, cut yourself a break and put the bottles in with the curbside recycling.

October 7, 2010
by Susan Hunsberger
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Sorting Bags

When sorting into categories like trash and donate, it might be helpful to have two different colored bags. That way there is no confusion as to what goes where.