Some of you just read this post's title and are thinking: living with less doesn't equate to living green. You are correct. But I'm about to undergo a project to battle the phenomenon that, in my world, stuff begets stuff: If I don't know what I have, I don't know what I need, so I unknowingly purchase items similar to my belongings. Read on for the goals, schedule, and inspiration for this project.
Why Living with Less is Green
I'm not a huge spender and I do responsibly dispose of unwanted stuff, but I'd like to minimize the cycle mentioned above—if I don't know what I have, I don't know what I need, so I unknowingly purchase items similar to my belongings—to save money and reduce the time I spend de-cluttering and editing our space. Eliminating this perpetuation will keep the product I would have purchased—and ultimately not loved—from entering the waste stream.
My Inspiration for Living with Less
Green Living Inspiration: The Zero Waste Home
Project Schedule for Living with Less
During the project I will tackle the major clutter-collecting areas of our home: bathroom cabinets; linen closet; home office; clothes closets; kitchen drawers; kitchen cabinets. Week-by-week I will distinguish between what I use and what I don't and will chat-up creative ways to responsibly remove undesired stuff from our home.
Week 2: Closets, clothes and coats
Week 3: Closets, linens
Week 4: Office, books and magazines
Week 5: Office, files and documents
Week 6: Bathroom, medicine cabinets
Week 7: Kitchen, cooking utensils
Week 8: Kitchen, dining ware
Week 9: Kitchen, serving ware
Week 10: Cleaning supplies
This schedule will undoubtedly evolve as I realize the process behind such a project! Check-in each Thursday for my latest progress. Cheers, Landis.
(Image: Katherine Slingluff via Apartment Therapy)