TerraBluTeams Practice #38

The WHAT, WHY and HOW:

It’s not November 4, 2012, 2:00am yet, but if you’re a planner like me, twice a year the “Spring forward, fall back” represents a generationally revered semi-annual event, Fall Cleaning. Remember Spring Cleaning? As a child of the 50’s, I have memories of six Saturdays in a row devoted to landscaping, cleaning, organizing and collecting items for charity before the winter arrived. Now you can offer items you no longer use on EBAY or Craig’s List or recycle, up cycle, free cycle in one click (see links below) OR have a neighborhood yard sale.

This week you’ll have another opportunity to start another practice of the 4 R’s as we did in January, gathering items to re/up or free cycle as well as develop ideas from found objects for DIY holiday gifts, all at once!

So, while we are tidying up the attic, washing windows, replacing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries, air filters, dusting, cleaning, caulking, weather sealing, turning over the garden, raking leaves and other items on the “Fall Cleaning” list we can be collecting items from our closets, bookshelves, attics and garages to become repurposed holiday gifts for others.

All this fun and work results in future tax deductions for donating to others, some fun and challenging DIY projects for the family, saved shopping time, and a very clean house and garden for the holidays! With a great side benefit for you and your family of reducing your impact on the environment!

And if you’re not a planner, think how nice it will be to go skiing on Saturdays in December, instead of fighting the crowds at the outlet mall.

Here are a few more great ideas:

Have a neighborhood yard sale and give all or a portion of the proceeds to a local community project or non-profit organization.

•  Make some of your holiday gifts from items you found around the house, and perhaps engage your family members or friends to do the same. Giving baked goods or your canned organic garden treasures to friends is a great way to show them you care. Organize a cookie or canned good exchange party.

•  Shop local over the fall months at farmers markets, fabulous consignment and thrift stores as well as yard sales.  Most people won’t know the difference between something bought new from a store and something gently used – and many will appreciate the recycled thought.

•  And for the person who has everything, make a donation in their name to a relevant local non-profit. (They would be happy to put the name of your loved one on a “thank you for your donation note”.)

Please send us your comments and feedback!


The Deep Dive:

DST, Daylight Saving Time






Freecycle site for the Ipswich, MA community here.

The “mother” of all Fall Cleaning Lists.

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