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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.

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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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