One of my first goals is to reduce the paper clutter that seems to multiply in my house. It starts with the mail - the mail that overwhelms me. So everyday I pull out the bills and random insurance papers and then throw the magazines/ads/catalogs/etc. into one of my little multi-purpose bins. It doesn't take long for the poor bin to become filled to capacity.
So while I do recycle everything and anything I can from the bin about once a week, I decided to take my de-cluttering a bit further. I've started contacting companies of several catalogs I receive and I have asked to be removed from their mailing lists. I don't catalog shop. I shop in stores, I shop online, but not from catalogs. So far all the companies I've contacted have responded that they will remove me - one even telling me they were glad I was making the decision to go green. I'll continue to contact companies as the catalogs come in and hopefully I'll be able to reduce a lot of the paper that comes into my house.
Another home goal is to update our guest bath - which is currently this lovely shade of old-lady rose.
We've already replaced some of the tacky gold fixtures with silver, but still have a few more updates to make. The big change is going to be the color. It took us a while but we picked a nice seafoam green from Home Depot and all we need to do is a coat of Kilz and one to two coats of the green to get rid of the dusty rose.
Other changes I hope to facilitate in the house are:
- Cleaning out the spare room (which will become Noah's nursery)
- Transforming Ish's room to a "big boy" room
- Organizing the office - it's about 1/2 way there now