August! The nights are colder, already! Autumn is on its way!
Thoughts turn to final summer vacation plans and school readiness.
Fall housecleaning also comes to mind. Yes, I know that most people focus on Spring housecleaning but it seems to me that Fall is just as valid.
After a summer’s worth of comings and goings, usually there is a need to refresh everything.
Also, it is a great time to rethink clothes, furniture, household items. It is also a perfect time to act in a “green” direction with the Rs–reduce, reuse, recycle.
With grown-up children moving on to college, university, careers, they often need a second-hand couch or dishes that are packed away in a box. This is the time to share!
Community groups are often looking for donations of winter items–coats, mittens, boots. If you have extra, gently-used winter clothes, donate them to one of these groups.
Along with these actions, you can also reuse some other materials. Newspapers can be recycled into green bin inserts. I wrote about this at http://issuu.com/Patricia-Anne-McGoldrick/docs/2011_green_the_newspaper .
Host a book swap with some of your neighbours and friends! Gather a few autumn reads!
Fall housecleaning can be a renewing time for all. Go for it!
Think twice before you buy or throw away! Think Green!
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: 5 Green How-Tos (casasugar.com)
- The Green Life Wants You to Recycle That Old Gear (fitsugar.com)
- Autumn in New York (sloppysmooch.wordpress.com)