The Relief of Recycling
I'm one of those people who are not full-blown hoarders, but I could definitely be described as a "pack rat". I hold on to stuff mainly to avoid throwing something away that I could possibly use in the future. I hate the thought of wasting things, as it seems like throwing money away, and a crime against Nature--obviously, it's more environmentally friendly to cut down on producing waste, so repurposing or reusing things is ideal. However, this hanging on to things does tend to lead to clutter.
Enter recycling. Recycling allows me to feel a lot better about letting things go. I recycle everything that my city takes, which is a lot--plastic, glass, metal, paper, newspapers. I shop with packaging in mind--if it's not recyclable, I try to avoid buying it. Anything that can be recycled gets chucked, and I can save my pack-rat ways for things that can't be recycled.
My favorite way to declutter is with magazines - I used to save magazines if they had articles or other interesting info that I might want to refer back to. Of course, that leads to piles of magazines. These days, I just tear out the few pages that are relevant, and chuck the rest in the recycling bin! The pages that remain are easily stored in a folder.
There's a lot less clutter around here!
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