Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 11 – October 13, 2013
Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that each of you have had an opportunity to enjoy your past week. This morning, I woke up to the first frost in my neck of the woods. Although this officially signals the official end of summer to me, this frosty wake up call does offer new opportunities.
With the change of seasons, I always find this to be a perfect opportunity to start thinking about the clutter in my home. Since I will need to start packing away my shorts and tank tops and finding my warmer layers, this offers the perfect chance to check what I did and did not wear this season. Do you remember last year when I touted the hanger trick – hang your hangers backwards in your closet and as the season goes along, only place the hangers of the items that you actually wore the correct way on the hanger rod. At the end of the season, you have a visual of what you did and did not wear. This is a great way to help one sort through their closet!
New season, new space! Maybe with the change of seasons you like to rearrange your home or do deep cleaning. Both opportunities present great prospect to think about the collections of items in the room that you are working on. Maybe you can repurpose an item to another room, or have a nifty crafty project for another item.
Don’t forget to donate your items rather than toss them in the trash! What you may consider to be “out of style” or “old”, may be the best piece of clothing or furniture someone else has ever owned.
While you are busy doing your seasonal decorating or cleaning, consider some of the recyclable options that you may be presented with. Did you run out of sticky notes for your to-do list? Consider purchasing recycled paper products to replace that need, or think about using your (what I like to refer to them as) “smarty pants phone” and get an electronic sticky note ap. Out of coffee filters? Maybe your machine would benefit from reusable filters. We have reusable filters and I just love them!
For more ideas about how to replace paper products in your home with recycled paper options, or more permanent and reusable options, check out this web site: http://earth911.com/news/2012/09/20/recycled-paper-product-options/
Speaking of frugality, how many of you look back to your childhood visits with your grandparents and suddenly realize how incredibly green they were? Seriously – think back to your childhood days with your Grandparents. Our ancestors were pretty “green” and eco friendly, BUT the difference was not that they choose to be fashionable, but rather out of necessity. Back in the days of sodden houses, there was no 24-hour Wal-Mart to ease the needs of the pioneers. Enjoy this blog post, relive some great memories of your grandparents and this week’s Thrifty Challenge is to share with me what small thrifty change you did this week in memory of your grandparents. You might even create a new family tradition! http://www.keenforgreen.com/b/green-grandma
And of course, with the weather change upon us, who doesn’t like comforting and warming soups… you know – the sort of meal that you can make oodles of and freeze up for later! Check out Martha’s 60 soup recipes: http://www.marthastewart.com/297026/quick-soup-recipes/@center/276948/dinner-tonight
As I wrap up today’s edition, I want to leave you with a simple thought. This comes from the following web article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-natural-lessons-for-your-new-year.html#ixzz2hbyehHS2
“You find what you seek. Seek intentionally. I know it seems simple but seriously, it matters. If you want a beautiful life, look for beautiful things and wallow in them. If you want love, look for opportunities to be loving (in a healthy way). If you want abundance, surround yourself with things (images, quotes, books, people, etc.) that teach and remind you how to feel abundant. If you talk to yourself all day about how there isn’t enough time, energy, money, help, or whatever else you need, then you will absolutely find proof of that everywhere you are.”
And there you have it, my Thrifty Sisters! May you have a well organized living space, may you consider your paper usage, enjoy some new soup recipes and consider what you seek. Many blessings to each of you this week as we strive to live as Green as our Grandparents did.