Sunday, September 24, 2006

Great Way To Store Grocery Bags

From a Subscriber:

I use left over kleenex or puff boxes and stuff full of bags. They can then be stored anywhere. Throw one in the trunk of your vehicle and you will always have a bag when you need one. I go to sams club and can grab the bags easily to get groceries into the house. I need a bag there it is. Never know when you need to put a dirty pair of shoes in a bag or dirty clothes or what ever you need one for it is there. Another great container is a plastic potato chip container like pringles or lays stax. Keeps the bags organized and easy to find when you need one.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Growing an Indoor Herb Garden

It's that time of year when you are winding down in the garden and looking forward to winter. You can still garden indoors and an herb garden is a lot of fun and really greens up winter in the home, besides providing fresh herbs for those delicious warm winter soups.

Here's how to do it.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

New Life for Old Clothes and Shoes

Have you seen the piles of clothing when you drop off bags at the Salvation Army or Goodwill ... the larger organizations that take donated household items? It's very discouraging to realize that much of our "stuff" goes into warehouses. It gives me a feeling of not having done anything by donating.

Why not try something different?

Dress for Success takes women's suits, shoes and briefcases, which are passed on to economically disadvantaged women entering the professional world.

Have you seen the piles of clothing when you drop off bags at the Salvation Army or Goodwill ... the larger organizations that take donated household items? It's very discouraging to realize that much of our "stuff" goes into warehouses. It gives me a feeling of not having done anything by donating.

Why not try something different?

Jobs for Youth, a Chicago-based organization helps young women and men from low-income backgrounds integrate into the business world. They take donations of men's and women's business clothing.

Fairy Godmothers (NY, VA and PA) takes gowns, shoes and accessories to provide girls, who are unable to afford outfits for their proms, a chance to go. After all isn't that what fairy godmothers are for? (Enchanted Closet in Atlanta or Princess Project in San Francisco are similar organizations.)

One World Running provides running shoes and gear, soccer cleats, and baseball equipment to athletes in Africa, Central America and Haiti. If your shoes are still wearable, this is a great place to recycle them.

If your shoes aren't wearable, send them to Nike (no matter what the brand) to be ground up and recycled as playground mats, basketball courts and running tracks. Better use than the landfill, eh!? Recycle Shoes at Nike.

Check around your area and ask others for local organizations that really need goods. You don't want them to end up on the trash pile for the dump.

Don't forget to write each item down and claim it for a tax deduction. Saving pennies with the IRS adds up to a lot of dollars come April 15.
"Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world." Duane Elgin

"Do what is good with your own hands, so that you might earn something to give to the needy." Ephesians 4:28