Pet Project: Zero Waste Home (Almost)

I love the idea of never throwing something away again. I already do this with coffee grounds, and I recycle as best I can. (I live in an apartment so sometimes recycling isn’t an option. Gasp. I know.) It is a dream of mine to accomplish this. (Although I still plan on using sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, and bathroom products. I live in a house of boys people.)

Here is the grand master list of what I have and want to accomplish to do my part in being green:

Cloth products

  • Cloth grocery bags
  • Cloth produce bags
  • Cloth or paper dry goods bags
  • Cloth paper towels
  • Cloth napkins
  • Cloth bread bag
  • Cloth gift wrapping

Kitchen

  • Buy local meats, eggs, and produce
  • Make my own bread
  • Bake own sweets (cookies, brownies, cakes, etc)
  • Make own ice cream and pop-cycles using real fruit
  • Leftovers in all glass/metal containers like mason jars
  • Can own food
  • Make own condiments
  • Grow own herbs, spices, and misc

Other

  • E-bills
  • Magazines online only
  • Old clothes to dusting and cleaning rags
  • Make own laundry detergent
  • Reusable coffee cups
  • Reusable ‘ziplocks’
  • Reusable water bottles

And many more to come. I’m crossing off the ones that we already do, or that I’ve successfully implemented into life for at least a month (the time it takes to build a habit, right?)

The Not-So-Monster-To-Do-List Update

So I’ve been relatively silent the past few days (ahem weeks). Sorry about that. I’m now in the last few weeks of pregnancy and I’m tired. I have been working in the background on my list I posted last, though! Here’s an update on what I’ve finished and what I still would like to do. All things that require me to buy new or put holes in the wall at this point will be on hold until we move. Red is still accomplish-able before the move.

  • SELL THE THINGS:
    • Sell motherboard, and other computer component
    • Donate the rest/unsellable
    • Sell old phones (Samsung and Sony)
    • Sell ipad Not selling anymore
    • Sell hammock (in warmer weather)
  • DONATE THE THINGS:
    • All the things
  • BUY/FIND THE THINGS:
    • Boxes for organizing
    • Drawers for Finn’s clothing 
  • MAKE THE THINGS:
    • Cover cardboard boxes
    • Research nicely designed documents and update: calender (monthly, weekly, daily), chore sheet, etc.
    • Make binders by ODA classes: schedules, supply lists, when to email, when to buy supplies, etc.
  • ORGANIZE THE THINGS:
    • Small
      • Bar/kitchen counter
        • Flour, sugar, & coffee containers Found at Target for $5 each on sale!
        • Soap stand (on hold for the move)
      • Nick’s desk area (now up to Nick)
      • Entertainment center
        • Hide router in decorative box
      • Nick’s woodshop (also up to Nick)
      • Sofa table shelves
      • Entry
        • Coat hooks (on hold for the move)
        • Floor mat (on hold for the move)
      • Medicine cabinet
        • Organized jars
      • Toilet/shower area
        • Hang towel shelf in shower area
        • Make magazine rack (on hold for the move)
        • Get grippy mats for under the rugs
      • Laundry area
        • Ironing board wall hooks OR stacked curtain rods for drying (on hold for the move)
        • Missing socks collection (on hold for the move)
        • Stain cheat sheet (on hold for the move)
      • Front porch/door
        • Coffee filter wreath/Some sort of wreath (on hold for the move)
        • New welcome mat (on hold for the move)
    • Medium
      • Fridge
        • Healthy snack grab-bags
        • Meal a day go-basket
      • Kitchen cabinets
        • Dishes are dirty/clean magnet
        • Baskets for Tupperware
        • Fruit baskets
        • Minimize dishes (half way done)
        • Mason jar cupcake paper containers
      • Under/on sink
        • Cake stand soap holder (on hold for the move)
        • Curtain rod bottle hanger
      • Command Center
        • Menu clip board
        • Monthly meal plan
        • Mail in/out (on hold for the move)
        • Cleaning schedule
      • Pantry
        • Containers for cereal, noodles, etc.
        • Baskets for misc mixes and boxes
      • My desk area
      • Sitting area
        • Gallery wall (not a gallery wall anymore!)
      • Bathroom counter
        • Old wine rack into hand towel holder (on hold for the move)
        • Guest basket tier supplies (on hold for the move)
        • Left wall shelves (on hold for the move)
      • Under bathroom counter
      • Back porch
        • More seating (on hold for the move)
        • Table (on hold for the move)
    • Large
      • Bookshelves
        • Go through books 
        • Stage
        • Fabric foam core board background (on hold for the move)
      • Coffee Nook
        • Shelf liners for wire rack
        • New sugar bowl 
        • Artwork for wall
      • Bathroom cabinets
        • First Aid box
        • Medicines organized in boxes according to problem
        • Box or lazy Susan for chems. (still need to get rid of even more)
      • Master Bedroom
        • Finish night tables
          • Baskets, handles, and contact paper
        • Hang monogram
        • Make voice wave paintings
        • Buy throw pillows, new quilt, throw blanket (on hold for the move)
        • Get wedding prints made and framed (on hold for the move)
      • Finn’s nursery
        • Gallery wall (not a gallery wall anymore)
        • Pack n’ play
      • Nick’s closet
        • Labeled drawers and plastic containers (ish, it’s a tiny excuse for a closet)
        • Unbend door shelves and add backing (maintenance man’s job)
    • Super-massive: my closet
      • Art and school supplies
        • Boxes, drawers, cups, etc. organized
      • Storage
        • Labeled plastic boxes
        • Personal clothing
          • Space saving hangers (doesn’t actually save space)
          • Underwear organizer
          • Jewelry organizer
          • Capsule/Mix&Match wardrobe
        • Possibly a small make up table?? (not yet)
      • Finn’s stuff
        • Drawers and boxes (on hold for the move)

The micro-sized list:

BUY THE THINGS:

  • Drawers for Finn’s clothing 
  • Fruit baskets
  • Containers for cereal, noodles, etc.
  • Baskets for misc mixes and boxes
  • New sugar bowl 
  • Finish night tables (baskets and contact paper)
  • Underwear organizer
  • Capsule/Mix&Match wardrobe

MAKE THE THINGS:

  • Cover cardboard boxes
  • Research nicely designed documents and update: calender (monthly, weekly, daily), chore sheet, etc.
  • Make binders by ODA classes: schedules, supply lists, when to email, when to buy supplies, etc.
  •  Fridge
    • Healthy snack grab-bags
    • Meal a day go-basket
  • Kitchen cabinets
    • Dishes are dirty/clean magnet
    • Minimize dishes (half way done)
    • Mason jar cupcake paper containers
  • Command center
    • Cleaning schedule
  •  My desk area
  • Bathroom
    • Box or lazy susan for Chems
  • Master Bedroom
    • Voice wave paintings
    • Labeled plastic boxes
    • Personal clothing (Capsule/Mix&Match wardrobe)

Let’s get organized!

I’m double guilty of making New Year’s resolutions and never sticking to them. I think the key is to make achievable goals though; I would normally set unattainable, imprecise goals for myself. “I’ll be the talk of the town when they come into my house”, “By the end of this year I’ll be know for my cooking”, or “I’ll have so many followers that I’m famous!” You can see my mistake…So here is my attainable, precise goals for 2015:

  • Study the Bible every morning
  • Organize the apartment before the end of April
  • Make the apartment baby ready before the end of April
  • Read the parenting and “mom” books I’ve bought and have been recommended
  • Meal plan for the entire year (one month at a time)
  • & successfully cook dinner at least three times a week
  • Finish the furniture flipping I started
  • Complete the bedroom redo as much as the budget allows
  • Workout for 3 days a week until the baby comes (then we’ll talk)

Precise and attainable I do believe! I can’t wait to start crossing these things off one at a time!

I’d be interested in hearing if you had New Years resolutions! Post a comment below! Do you even believe in doing New Years resolutions?