Enter the Trashy Crafter giveaway! Closes midnight 1/24

I'm moving next weekend. Not country, or city... just apartment. And I'm looking forward to it! I've moved a lot in my life and have found that it's always a good opportunity not only to purge and organize, but also change habits. This recent NY Times article by Prof Wendy Wood backs me up! 

"To create or change a habit, you have to think much more about altering your environment and patterns of living than work on steeling your mind, because behavior is very much a product of environment. That’s why it’s sometimes easiest to start or break a habit during a major transition. This may sound counterintuitive, but a new house, job or relationship breaks old patterns...” 

And what habits do I want to change? Well, I want to get a little closer to walking the walk of this blog. I love turning trash into fun or useful stuff. But I still produce too much of it. My recycling fills up too fast. I still buy too much prepackaged food. I have not yet tried to compost.  

As part of the Trashy Crafter giveaway, I've asked people to share their go-to ways of keeping stuff out of landfills. What I'm hearing is inspiring; so ... I'm going to try to take the next step. "Waste? Not!" will now be the title of a weekly post (possibly more often, but baby steps!). I'll share with you the steps I'm taking, the lessons I learn and the obstacles I face along the way. 

I'm going to draw on the wisdom of Bea Johnson (Zero Waste Home) and Lauren Singer (Trash is for Tossers)Bea Johnson's blog and book chronicle her family's transition to living a zero-waste life. For a quick overview of her 10 Tips for a Zero-Waste Household, read this! Lauren Singer, inspired by Bea, took on the challenge herself and the resulting blog is beautiful! Lauren has condensed her advice into two steps (read them here). She's also condensed her waste. Two years worth fit into a jar: 

Bea has a husband and children, is self-employed and lives in CA. Lauren is single in NYC and is launching her own company. I'm employed full-time, live in an apartment in Chicago and am responsible for one little girl who will start Kindergarten in the fall. Ro (my 4.5-yr old) recently made the following comment during an episode of Pocoyo: "instead of throwing all that stuff away, they could make something. Or they could take it apart to see how it works like I did with my clock!"

Truth be told, that little outburst from her is what is really driving me to try this. She's old enough to participate fully. She gets a huge kick out of making things herself. And she's just as delighted as I am by the transformation of junk into usable "items".

So here we go ... :)

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