Roundup: Apartment Therapy's Tips on Getting Organized


What does being organized have to do with being green? As we can attest from personal experience...plenty. Getting organized can help you take steps towards a more sustainable life, and we've got a roundup of some of our best tips to get you started...

When you're disorganized you:

  • don't know how many magazines you get, or even which ones. Solution: the next time you receive one in the mail, call the subscriber and cancel it. Read it on Zinio instead.
  • forgot to fill in your check register and bounced a check so not only are you overdrawn but the bank charged you for it. Solution: bank online or go one step further and sign up at Mint and keep your financial life, from investment accounts to the value of your car, in one place.
  • can't remember if you have something, whether it's a certain piece of kitchen equipment, a pair of brown pants or dish soap, so you go out and buy a new one.
  • don't have time to turn everything off before you leave the house; you often leave your computer on. Solution: plug everything into a power strip. You'll cut down on the amount of stuff you have to turn off.

Here are some tips to get you started:

[image from Shawn and Amy's Laurel Canyon Retreat]