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The R Words – Part 1: Reduce

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This is the first in a series of blog posts looking at the hallowed three Rs of waste reduction – reduce, reuse and recycle. We’ll look primarily at how people can incorporate the principles into their own lives at home, as well as how the professionals manage it. The first of the Rs is often…

Why E-Waste Sucks

We’ve written about e-waste before on the blog, pointing to the fact that it needs special care and handling, and that it shouldn’t just be tossed in the landfill. What we haven’t touched on, and which most people never really get into, is why it’s all so awful. But knowledge is power, right? The hassle…

Spring Cleaning with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Just a couple more days now and spring will be here! So not to dampen your mood, but I need to interrupt your musings about bright skies, warm breezes, fresh scents, and birdsong, for just a moment. I feel it’s my responsibility to encourage you to do some spring cleaning and share with you some…

Environmental Messaging

Companies the world over are becoming increasingly serious about their environmental footprints. Reducing them can be a colossal task. I know because I’ve been privy to conversations around our Leadership Team table on this very subject. But of all the discussions about sprucing up a company’s environmental image, one has stuck. I recall a former…

The Messy Room, Messy Mind Principle

I was never a tidy person until I moved into my own home – funnily enough, once I started paying my own rent, I took a lot more pride in my space. My mother used to tell my chronically disorganized teenage self that a messy room equalled a messy mind, and, as tends to happen,…

Spring into Summer Clean!

What are the 6 top reasons to de-clutter the home and garden during the summer? How about you procrastinated in January, February, March, April, May and June? Well, now that the summer solstice has officially been checked, the holidays are about to begin, and the weather is fair, let’s get to it! Here’s your simple,…

Why is e-Waste Different?

So – we now have the iPad in Canada, and the iPhone 4G is coming. I’m sure all the gadget geeks among us are frolicking with joy – I’m a geek, I get it. But nowadays, when there’s a shiny new model rolling out every year or so…what happens to last year’s model? E-waste is…

The Junk Inside

The majority of times we engage in conversation about getting rid of junk, we are referring to the excess stuff we have neglected, hoarded, abused, or otherwise not needed, in our homes and businesses. Recently, I’ve begun to view organizing the junk in our minds as a precursor to successfully dealing with the other junk…

Taking Control

Earlier this week I flicked through my saved searches on Twitter and came across a brilliant piece on NPR, “For Hoarders, the Mess Begins in the Mind”.

It’s a moving 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

The discussions between psychologist Catherine Ayers and one of her patients, Cheryl Sherrell, hit on something very important: control.