Konmari: Food

It’s time to sort through the food! I decided to break this into three parts: pantry goods, tea/coffee, and fridge/freezer. Here’s my pantry before I got started. It has fared well since I reorganised it at the start of the year, but since I shop more from the bulk foods now, its contents have changed Read More…

Konmari: Electronics

Oh boy. I had to declutter the electronics. This was a joint category, so Mike had to be there for it and thus it took a lot of scheduling; and the sight of a pile of cables just makes my heart wither. Good me, I pulled out the vacuum cleaner even though of course I Read More…

Zero Waste in the Kitchen Update

I’ve been KonMari’ing so much lately that I haven’t written as much about some of my other topics, including my zero waste project. But that still continues, and I’d like to share how things are going in the kitchen specifically. My goal, overall, was to eliminate food packaging as much as possible in favour of using Read More…

Konmari: Linens and Gift Wrap

Here we have two miscellaneous household categories: linens and gift wrapping supplies. I decluttered them on the same day, and gift wrap seemed too minor to give a post of its own, so I’m grouping them together. Gift wrap: not a lot to say. I culled a lot of secondhand tissue paper and ribbon scraps. Everything Read More…

I Require More Receptacles for Recycling

I’ve recently been researching recycling. Say that three times fast. Since I’ve gotten into a good groove with my zero waste efforts in grocery shopping, I’ve been looking elsewhere in my routine for areas to improve. Recycling was one such area. Our city’s curbside recycling services are quite good, including plastics 1-7 among the usual cardboard, glass, Read More…

Zero Waste in the Bathroom

After the kitchen, the bathroom is one area of our home I wanted to tackle for moving towards zero waste. It’s where we use a lot of disposable consumables (baby wipes, cotton rounds, q-tips, razor blades), as well as a lot of plastic bottles and containers – shampoo, conditioner, hair products, deodorant, toothpaste, lotions, hand Read More…

Adventures in Zero Waste Shopping

For a while now, I’ve wanted to experiment with reducing food packaging waste. I first encountered this idea in Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson (who blogs at www.zerowastehome.com). The book describes how to make every aspect of home life ‘zero waste’, that is, producing no landfill waste. (It’s full of good advice even if you don’t aspire Read More…