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Recycle This

September 1, 2009


I live in the country. We have wide-open spaces and gorgeous sunsets, but we do not have curbside recycling.

I’ve taken a long time to decide to recycle. Well, that’s not entirely true. I like to re-purpose and re-use things in my home, and I’ve always believed in the concept of being a ‘wise steward’ of my resources. By no means am I a ‘greenie’. I just like the idea of using things efficiently. I’ve been re-using the blank back-side of documents as scrap-paper for years. Ahem. Back to my story. So, I haven’t done much recycling because:

A. I have no curbside pickup.
B. I haven’t been sure if/where there are drop off facilities in my locality.
C. I don’t really have room: we have no garage, and the house is pretty much full.

After a conversation with a friend who has basically eliminated her garbage pick-up bill by hauling recyclables to the appropriate place in town (now I know where to take stuff!), I began tossing the idea of jumping on the recycling bandwagon. I tossed and tossed and kept coming up with problem C. No room in my house. And then, I found these lovely baskets…and reorganized my pantry. And now I’m doing it. Well, I’m accumulating the clean stuff I’m willing to let sit in my pantry until drop-off day. Which is better than nothing. And I’m kind of having fun smashing all those soda cans. It’s a good stress reliever.

All this to say, I reorganized my pantry last week. And I like how it looks, even though I wish it looked like this pantry. But hey, there’s always next time! 😉

Onward and upward,


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