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How to Recycle or Reuse Anything

Easy ways to create less waste and make your life more earth-friendly, every day.

Turn Clutter Into Storage and Decor Solutions
How to refresh a room using boxes, jars, and other household items.

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10 Smart Uses for Old Plastic Bags

Grocery bags seem to multiply like Tribbles―so you need new ways to reuse them.
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10 Ways to Rethink Household Items

Common objects do double-duty around the house with these clever new uses.
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How Eco-Savvy Are You?

Answer these simple questions to test your green smarts.
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What Can You Recycle

Not everything is destined for the recycling bin. Get a crash course on what you should and shouldn't toss.
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How to Set Up a Recycling System
Five easy steps to sorting, stacking, and stashing your household recycling.


20 Ways to Reuse Old Plastic (and Paper) Bags
Turn them into trash bags for the car, wrap drinking glasses with them when moving, and more.

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This week's project: Conquer Clutter in the Garage

No room to park the car? Use this handy guide to restore order and make room for boxes, sports equipment, and more.

  • Assess the clutter. Start by creating three categories: keep, donate, and toss. As you go through the items, assign each one to a category. If you rarely use a piece, it’s probably a good candidate for the donate or toss pile.

    Related: 4 Quick Recipes for Corn

  • Donate or toss. Contact local charities and arrange for a pickup of items to be donated; put the toss items out with the trash or recycling.
  • Edit the keep pile. Sort the items you’re keeping into new categories, such as sporting equipment, power tools, etc. Assign each category a location: Sporting equipment, for example, might go in a wall cabinet or a bin in a corner; power tools might be hung on a system of hooks on a large piece of Peg-Board.

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