Happy New Year!

What’s your New Year’s resolution?  Starting fresh and getting organized?  Skills like sorting, making decisions and follow through are necessary to declutter your living space—Yes, I know…creating livable spaces is easier said then done. At a recent conference I attended, Michael Tomkins, Phd, author and authority on clutter and hoarding behavior, challenged the audience to think about the word “need” when sorting stuff. Try this rule:  Ask yourself these three powerful questions when you are sorting your stuff to determine whether it’s something that should be tossed, donated or kept:

  • is my SAFETY at risk?
  • is my HEALTH at risk?
  • is my FINANCIAL WELFARE at risk?

Other rules that you need to consider when sorting:

  • If it’s broken…can you let it go?
  • How many of the same or similar thing do you have? Find balance.
  • If it’s not repaired or used in a “reasonable” amount of time (less then 6 months), can you let it go?

Dig deep and ask yourself:  Will your life be negatively effected if you get rid of “it”?  Have you felt anxiety or depression because you’ve been without “it”.  What void is “it” filling? Have you spent hours, days, or weeks looking for “it”?  I can help with with all these questions, and together we can make a difference!  Call/text/email Cazares Organizing today!

Dig deep and you will get results.

Toss, Donate, Keep…

Spring is in the air!  Can you feel it?  Spring symbolizes a fresh beginning. Whether it’s your garage, kitchen, bedroom, or attic, you can count on Cazares Organizing to be your support and get you started in the right direction. Together, I will help you “get the point” of tossing, donating, and keeping just the right amount of stuff.

What You Should Know about Recycling

Jen at Mt. Diablo Recycling

I had no idea what sort of “recycling education” I was in for at the Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery facility in Pittsburg, but did I ever get an education! I got a personal tour from Adriana Medina, Recycling Coordinator, who taught me more about recycling than I could have imagined. I always wondered, “What happens to the recycling stuff that I put in my bin?”  Like me, I bet you feel good about yourself when you toss a water bottle, cardboard pizza box, or empty peanut butter jar in your recycle bin?  After all, you’re helping to save the environment, right?! But wait, stop!  Did you remove the cap from the water bottle (it’s NOT recyclable)? Does the cardboard pizza box have food residue on it (it’s NOT recyclable)? Did you clean out that peanut butter jar (it’s not recyclable if it’s not completely clean!)? Facilities like the Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery facility sells our material that we recycle to China. Did you know that? But, if we don’t properly clean the main six acceptable materials: aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic and tin, then it is rejected and goes straight to trash!

Bails of aluminum cans

After sorting the acceptable material, it’s compacted and bailed to be sold to China.  China requires less than 1% contamination rate, or they will reject the material!  What that means, if we don’t do our due diligence and clean the material, we my as well throw it in the trash!  What!  Wait? Yep, that’s right.

There’s a lot of “recycling politics” too (as I learned today, which  got my blood boiling), but that’s a whole other blog.  So for now, let’s just recycle the acceptable recycling material – and keep it clean!  

The trucks off load the recycle materials – sorting is 6 days a week, 24 hours a day!

Last but not least, please no Styrofoam and/or liquids (all liquids, even water, contaminates the lot). All the recycling can go in ONE cart/bin and does not need to be separated within your bin. Besides cleaning our recycled material, here are some other easy ways to REDUCE waste:

  • Stop junk mail delivery — Info at StopJunkMail.org
  • Reuse cardboard boxes for shipping and storage
  • Buy in bulk, if possible
  • Use reusable household items like cups, plates and cotton napkins
The ART of recycling!