Hello fellow eco alterers!
I am very excited about this new show on Netflix, Marie Kondo: Tidying Up. After watching the first episode, I couldn’t help but notice that the series didn’t address one of the biggest issues that zero wasters have with tidying up and why we find it so difficult: where do all of our discarded items go? How can we prevent them from going to waste? And how can I be a responsible steward to items that no longer bring me joy?
So I decided to write a guide to accompany her Netflix series. Over the next couple of weeks I will share these tips in coordination with her episode titles. Tune in to the blog to catch my zero waste alternatives for a few of her organizational solutions! For now, I’ll leave you with my first takeaway from the show:
Don’t buy things that won’t bring you prolonged joy. In other words: stop buying useless junk and ask your friends and family to refrain from buying you trinkets and knickknacks. But more importantly- explain why and make sure to practice patience and empathy. These changes are hard for you but they can be hard for the people who love you too. Changing the way we express love and thoughtfulness takes time!
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A teacher of mine in high school told my class to put up dividers around our desks and then passed out M&Ms to everyone. He asked everyone to organize them. After a few minutes he gets to my desk and sees that I have made a sun and a tree out of the colors I had been given. Laughing, he asked everyone to see how their neighbor had organized their M&Ms. Everyone had organized them into color columns or blobs. He points to mine and says “everyone does things a little differently, and we can all be right.”
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