Plenty of green websites will tell you how to make sustainable choices when you're buying anything from clothing and furniture to kitchen gadgets and office supplies, but we love Unclutterer—which exists to help us all get and stay organized—for its more subtle environmental message: you don't need to buy so much stuff in the first place.
What's Green About it?
Of course, the Unclutterer team, led by editor Erin Rooney Doland, sees the benefits of having less stuff as a step toward living a more organized, focused life; they put it this way: "It's about streamlining your space and your possessions so that you can be more efficient at work and enjoy a more relaxing and serene environment at home." And who wouldn't want that? But you'll find plenty of green lessons on the blog, too, like the weekly Unitasker Wednesday, which highlights single-use, ridiculously unnecessary items like a rock, paper, scissors card game or combination bread-slicer and crumb-catcher for homemade loaves, and the Workspace of the Week archives, which show off the ingenious ways that readers keep their offices comfortable, inspirational, and neat—no matter the size and shape of the room or nature of the job. (Check out this basement office that hides away completely in a closet, this bright, cheerful homework spot, and this beer-brewing hobby spot that might rival the pros for efficiency.)
How will Uncluttering Really Benefit My Life?
But it's not just kitchen gadgets, desk paperwork, and toy bins that collect clutter: it can sneak into every aspect of your life, from your computer files to your relationships. Unclutterer helps you clear it all up, from organizing your iTunes to letting go of anger. An archive labeled "Inherited Clutter" helps you deal with all those bits in your Grandmother's attic that you don't want and don't know what to do with but just can't bring yourself to get rid of, and a section for pets makes sure the toys, leashes, letterboxes, and beds don't get the best of you. And then there's the baby section, with ideas for everything from timeless toys and repurposed changing tables to roundups of completely unnecessary baby gear aimed at first-time parents.
While many of the ideas and tips aren't specifically green—products aren't always made from recycled materials, and you might not need all the suggested organization systems—but the ideas that help you keep your life uncluttered are often that same that will help you stay green: reuse what you have, don't fill your home with stuff you don't need; think twice before you purchase that must-have item. The less stuff you buy, the less energy goes into production from the start—and the less ends up cluttering landfills in the end.