One In and One Out

I’ve been on a hunt for a new dressy winter coat for quite a while. I kept my old one, since I didn’t have a replacement yet, even though I hadn’t worn it for a few years. But I decided it was ridiculous to hold on to it when I wasn’t wearing it and there were people who actually needed a warm coat to use. Out it went.

With the help of a stylish pal, I finally found a great new coat. When I brought it home, I did what I always try to do when I update my wardrobe: I looked for the old one to put in the donation pile. read more

How to Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

I received a leaflet from my veterinary clinic with instructions on how to best dispose of unused prescription medications.  While the source of where I received the leaflet was slightly odd, the information is relevent for human and animal medications.

I always remember hearing “throw unused medications down the toilet.”  This is no longer reccommended due to the impact the drugs may have on the environment.  Here is what Smarxt Disposal reccommends:

  1. Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag.  If medication is a solid, add water to dissolve.
  2. Add kitty litter, sawdust, or coffee grounds to the plastic bag.
  3. Seal the plastic bag and dispose in the trash.

Unused prescription medications almost always come up in my work with clients.  I now know the responsible method for disposal. read more

Avoiding “Thrower’s Remorse:” Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Bring Stuff into Your Home

I was recently working with a client who has “Thrower’s Remorse;” she hates to throw things away because she knows they’ll just be going to a landfill.

I resonate with her desire to create as little waste as possible.  So I shared with her the only way I know of to prevent over-contributing to the landfills:  Be careful what you buy in the first place.

Everything you bring into your home, from the smallest cheap plastic toy to the largest stainless steel appliance, is going to leave your house someday. It’s going to break or stop being useful, and you are going to need to get rid of it.  If we keep that fact in mind whenever we’re shopping (or accepting freebies from friends), we may just bring less into our homes in the first place. read more

Re-purposing: Those Hidden Gems in your Kitchen

My mom taught me how to re-purpose before it was fashionable.  Below are tips and tricks to help you re-purpose and save money.  By the way, I still use these tips and tricks to this day…

1.  Peanut butter and jam jars– are great for storing legumes and pasta.  To get rid of the label- fill a pot with water, put jar in the middle.  Heat the water but be careful it doesn’t get too hot otherwise the jar may crack. Watch as the water heats up, you will notice the paper and glue begin to melt.  Take the jar out and pull the label off.    Clean jar with soapy water to remove paper and glue.  Viola!  You have a ‘new’ jar! read more