Take Part in America Recycles Day!

thDo you try to recycle but have trouble staying committed? Or are you not sure how to go about recycling? Fear not, you’re not alone! But recycling doesn’t have to be hard, read on to learn tips and tricks to make recycling easier, and some things you may not have known before.

Let’s start with the some interesting facts about recycling…
According to Recycle Across America

  • Glass can be recycled an infinite amount of times and never wear out and contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to remove the labels before recycling, they will burn off in the recycling process
  • Recycling a stack of newspapers three feet high saves one tree
  • Recycling one ton of plastic bottles creates enough energy to supply electricity for a two person household for one year

Is that enough to motivate you to recycle? Now lets look at some recycling tips and tricks…

  • When recycling cans, keep the tabs attached, it helps make sure that everything will be recycled and the tab won’t be lost in the recycling process. The same goes for plastic bottles and their caps, so crush the bottle up, put the lid back on and toss it into the recycling bin.
  • Repurpose cardboard boxes and paper shopping bags as recycling bins for inside the home. When you designate a specific container inside the home to collect recycling it is much easier to keep recyclable products out of the trash can. Once the container is full, you can easily transport everything to your outside recycling bin, container and all!
  • Don’t collect recyclables in a plastic bag!! Plastic bags such as trash bags or grocery bags are NOT recyclable in regular recycling. Plastic bags can slow down the recycling process by causing jams in machines or they can contaminate other products. But there is good news! Many grocery stores collect plastic bags to recycle them in the right way. Find out where to recycle plastic bags near you! Sandwich/snack baggies, newspaper and bread bags can be included too!
  • Styrofoam cups aren’t recyclable from home, but mosChick-Fil-A locations now feature special collection bins for styrofoam items.
  • Clearly mark your chosen recycling bin as “Recycling” to ensure that the collectors know which bin to empty, just make sure that you only put recyclable items in that bin.
  • Check out IWantToBeRecycled.org to learn what items are recyclable, how to recycle them and even what they will be recycled into.
  • Find a recycling center near you  to know where you can drop off your recycling items, or call 311 to learn about recycling pick up options.

Now that you know these tips to help make recycling easier you’re ready to become a committed recycler! And you’re ready just in time to celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15th!

You can learn how to eliminate some recyclable items from your house for good such as junk mail, phone books and more by clicking here. (HINT, it’s as simple as taking a picture with your smartphone!)

Some things to remember before you go…

  • Remember that every bit of recycling counts, so start small and work your way up!
  • There are more things that can be recycled than just paper, bottles and cans, you can visit IWantToBeRecycled.org to find out more.
  • Recycling isn’t just getting rid of your trash, you can up cycle old items into new! Click here for some ideas. Or hereOr here.


It’s so easy to get organized in Baltimore!

GO – Get Organized!

Did you know, “Getting Organized” is #3 in the top 10 of ALL New Year’s Resolutions?

The National Association of Professional Organizers sponsors GO (Get Organized) month every January.

If you want to REALLY get organized, call a local NAPO member.  You will:

  1. save time

  2. solve a problem

  3. have fun (maybe)

Why not?

5 tips to help you get started today!

Go Month, FINAL, 01.13.13


Thinking of Downsizing?

Are you ready to Downsize?

You may have recently become an “empty nester” and are looking for a more carefree lifestyle.  Or, maybe the recent downturn in the economy is forcing you to reconsider lifestyle changes to bolster your retirement savings.  Whatever your reason, making the “downsizing decision” should not come without careful consideration.  Here are a few suggestions to help you make the right decision:


Make a list

List the items that are important in your lifestyle. Include the elements you want to maintain in the future.

 Social network

Assess where your social support network is, both for emotional and practical support. How will your move impact your access to your network?

Financial considerations

Examine your financial situation and analyze the costs involved in moving or staying put.

Think ahead

Always think about possible next steps involved and how each step will affect you: ‘If this changes, what then?’


Talk to you loved ones. Share your wishes and desires, so there are no great surprises when the time comes to make your move.


Talk to your trusted advisors to gain different perspectives.  Professionals deal with these issues all of the time and are equipped to give you solid advice.

No Sale!

Here is another suggestion as to how to minimize clutter in your home: Don’t be enticed to buy more than you need just because an item is on sale! I recently found 17 new packages of crayons in a client’s home. She was in the habit of stocking up when they are on sale but the kids are now in middle school and aren’t using crayons anymore:) We took them to the elementary school and they were happy for the donations. The point is, be careful what you buy. When you get your space organized, you know what you have and aren’t tempted to buy things you think you might need just because they are on sale.


Although it seems like an odd time of year to move,  I actually know several families that are now in the process. Here are a few tips they have found useful – 1. clean out the garage first – then you will have the space to pack and store the items you don’t use everyday 2. Be sure to use a label to identify what room each box should go into when the movers deliver. It is also useful to generally list the items that are inside. i.e.: Kelly’s room, winter coats, snow boots, hats & gloves….. that way you will have some idea of where to look for things when you need them. 3. Back up your labeling with a master list of all boxes and their general contents so you can easily reference where items are located until they are unpacked. No one looks forward to packing for a move – Go to Girl also helps with moving projects to keep you organized, maximize your  efficiency and help minimize stress!  Consider how qualified, experienced help will save you time and aggravation.

Love that ‘do!

I recently started working with a new client and love this idea! Ms. J keeps a small photo album of her favorite hairstyles. Whenever she has a cut she really likes, she has someone snap a photo (from various angles) and keeps the pics for her visits to the stylist. This would also work with magazine photos as well.  Some folks see the same stylist for every cut while others may visit random salons. Either way, a picture is worth a thousand words. Having a visual record of the best of the best is an easy and practical idea that is fabulous! What are the things you do to keep your life more organized and easy to manage? Go to Girl is all about getting things done so you can enjoy life! If this small trick leaves you with a happy haircut, I say go for it!

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