Plant a Garden to Get Rid of Clutter

On February 15, 2010, in Paper, Recycling, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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Overloaded with paper clutter? I normally advise anyone struggling with piles of paper clutter to spend some time every day separating/recycling the junk followed by sorting, categorizing, and containerizing documents they must keep. It’s a logical process, though not one that most people enjoy.

Well, if you have a green thumb, there’s a solution you might just love: gardening.  Recently, The Huffington Post profiled Garden Girl and her daughter, Garden Kid, about how they successfully combined “newspapers, kitchen scraps, and junk mail” to create nutrient-rich soil (with the help of earthworms) for their house plants. This is perhaps not how we usually think about decluttering or managing paper clutter, but here’s why this may be a good option for you:

1. You can quickly decrease your paper piles

2. You can remove your “shred” pile from your home/office almost immediately

3. You make less trips to the curb for recycling pick ups

4. You declutter in a way you love and are likely to keep up with

5. If you involve your children (or other loved ones), you’ll get help with decluttering and spend time together

Still not sure if this right for you?  Need a little inspiration?  Check out the video below to hear what Garden Girl and Garden Kid had to say.  If you’ve been using your garden to get rid of your paper clutter, tell us about it.

“I’m taking the waste that we make every single day and composting it in my home and not putting out on the curb.  I’m utilizing here, right here on my land.  I take it, I consume it, and I reuse it.  Then we’re gonna consume it again and then we’re gonna reuse it.”

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