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De-cluttering, Living on Less

What I did on zero-waste day and other things.

Tuesday was Zero-Waste Day in America. My personal waste was kept to a minimum but was by no means zero. I drove my car to and from two places in town. I bought a Cranberry Bliss bar from Starbucks for myself and let them put it in a paper sleeve. The lights were on in the rooms we used but kept off in the other rooms. I ran two full loads of dishes. All food waste was put in the green cone. As it goes every Tuesday the recycling and garbage was put out on the curb. We only had one can filled. For lunch I made Mickey Mouse pasta that was using up space in the cupboard and had been for quite a while. That reduced our pasta options down to three which means that I have achieved my goal of only 2-3 pastas in the house at one time. We are also down to two rice options. I am very happy. We had an overload of pasta and rice in July so it’s a great improvement! There is still a lot of room for improvement towards zero-waste in my life though.

Thursday I dropped off three boxes to Bibles for Missions. They contained children’s books, martini and champagne glasses, clothes and some other things. I made the mistake of going in the store though. I left 75 cents poorer with a t-shirt that my oldest son doesn’t need because he already has enough clothes.

When filling the green cone Thursday I noticed an animal dug out some of the dirt around it. Hopefully this is a one-off thing. We might have to create a rock garden around it or something. Then when I was putting food into our composter I noticed that two holes we noticed in the summer below our shed have gotten a bit bigger. Why do pests love our home? We have made some preliminary calls to local pest control businesses. Yuck. My husband thinks it might be raccoons or rats. Either way – yuck! We do not have the money to waste on this kinda thing but it needs to be dealt with.

A bunch of broken small appliances were brought to the recycling depot Friday. There is still a box full of paint and other recyclables in the garage that needs to be taken to the depot along with a broom vac that broke so fast I barely remember it.

Today I removed all the light bulbs from our old Christmas tree light strings. There is a place in our town that accepts the strings for metal recycling but not the bulbs. I plan to bring them this week. We bought CFL Christmas lights back in 2009 but did not get around to recycling the old ones. It will help reduce our boxes of Christmas stuff and move more towards our goal of a less cluttered home.




About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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