Organize a Greener Closet Today
Organizing is the "in" thing as we all try to make our lives greener and simpler. And the first place we generally look to improve is the state of our closets. No matter how neat – and environmentally aware – you are, there is almost certainly at least one closet in your home that would benefitPosted — Updated
Organizing is the "in" thing as we all try to make our lives greener and simpler. And the first place we generally look to improve is the state of our closets. No matter how neat – and environmentally aware – you are, there is almost certainly at least one closet in your home that would benefit from a green makeover.
Organizing starts with inventory – taking a good clear look at what you have on hand. Go through your closets with an objective eye. Inviting a friend to join you may make this challenging task easier.
Another benefit of closet organization is "found" time. You will be enabling yourself to get ready to go out and face the world more quickly and less stressfully. This not only shaves minutes of your schedule but saves psychic energy.
Designate a separate place for each type of gear you own. I have a tendency to think each of my possessions is top priority and must be immediately accessible. Result? I try to store every bit of it close at hand; everything has a place, it's just all the same place. NOT the best organizing principle. Shelves and cubbies will help you stash essentials for easy access.
Though knits and rugged denims do better folded flat, take Grandma's time-tested advice and hang up your wovens. You'll need less electricity for ironing wrinkled duds. Instead of flimsy wire or plastic hangers (8 billion of which head to the landfills annually), use recycled cardboard, bamboo, or wood. Padded hangers maintain garments' shape, while clip hangers or safety pins keep skirts and trousers tidy. To protect clothes from dust during long term storage, cover with a no-longer-new sheet or curtain.
If you'd like some illumination to let you see what you have in your closet, install eco-friendly low voltage lighting to save electricity.
Reusable space bags are great when you're pressed for closet room. Fill them with out-of-season clothing and compress to a fraction of their original size. They are also a humane anti-pest method to keep insects out of your garments.