I’m moving in June and although I’ve been actively preparing for months, it seems I’ve been anticipating it for years. This move represents more than just a new address. It’s a chance to pull down the cobwebs collecting in the corner and start fresh. In preparation I’m going through my biggest clutter cleanse yet.
I stopped by the thrift store on Sunday. I counted four aisles chock-full of holiday decorations and more displays of ornaments, Christmas books and holiday attire dispersed throughout the store. The scene told a story of over consumption, discontent, poor quality and lost meaning.
I have a confession. I love Bon Ami powder cleaner. It works so darn well. The Environmental Working Group gives it an “A” score, so it’s not the worst thing I could be using, but there’s a lot of waste with all those empty cans. I always put the empties in the recycling bin, but I’m not confident they’re recyclable. Denver doesn’t accept foil coated paper board. I have no idea if the gold paper covering the Bon Ami can is considered foil or not, but I would guess the metal caps aren’t recyclable. My guilt got the best of me and I finally made the change to a better cleaning powder.
The temperature gauge registered 103 degrees when we rolled into town Sunday afternoon. It didn’t feel very welcoming. According to the weather forecast, it was going to be in the high 90s and into the 100s all week. They may have been off by some degrees, but I’m taking measures to stay cool.
Every time I opened the cabinet door the dusty wine glasses looked down at me accusingly. I bought them to impress friends. I mean, that’s not exactly what my thought process was when I made the purchase, but essentially that’s the reason. They were used only for entertaining, as I prefer to drink wine from a small tumbler. After awhile I stopped using the crystal glasses because they were too tall and fragile to run through the dishwasher and a terrible hassle to wash by hand. They sat, gathering dust in the cabinet.
Not the most riveting topic, but it can be useful to know how to clear a partially blocked drain. This is my go to remedy when the water still goes down the drain, but at the slowest trickle. Using two household ingredients, baking soda and white vinegar, it’s easy to make an effective non-toxic drain cleaner.
Have you ever grown a pot of basil and turned it into the best tasting pesto? Or made a salad from your homegrown tomatoes and marveled at their amazing sweetness and full flavor? There’s something in growing your own food that makes it taste so much better. For me, making my own cleaning products has the same affect. That extra step and care that goes into the process helps make a mundane task enjoyable.
If you need any convincing on making the move towards a zero waste lifestyle, let me persuade you by the shear aesthetics of it. Beyond the environmental reasons, it can result in a beautiful, organized, and well curated home. In my own home, I’ve noticed a natural and unplanned decluttering that’s happened in the process of going zero waste.
I might go so far as to say that decluttering is a hobby of mine. I know, I need to get a life. It’s a continuous process for me, but at the moment my house is fairly well decluttered. However, I do have some unfinished projects and products that take up closet, drawer, shelf, and mental space. My focus this year is to fix it, finish it, use it up as another tool to declutter my home. The satisfaction runs deep – finished work and a clutter-free home.