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Zero Waste DC is a wonderful resource. Type in any unwanted items--e.g., hangers, old clothes, outdated electronics--and the site tells you how to dispose of them in a safe, eco-friendly way. The site even includes links to local charities that will accept your item(s)!
Zero Waste DC also provides a massive Google Docs spreadsheet, listing stores and nonprofits where you can shop for used items, donate them, or get items repaired.
Finally--and my personal favorite--you can even play a DC-specific, online computer game (no downloads or special gaming system required!) to learn more about disposing of unwanted items. This is a fun way to teach your children about recycling and being kind to the earth. Check out the screen capture below!
Sometimes, people clutter up a surface with objects because they hate looking at the underlying surface! Improving the surface, so that you want to look at it, becomes another way to stay organized.
Initially, the kitchen counters in this rental apartment were a stained white vinyl. As a tenant, the renter couldn't install new counters--and so was strategically placing additional, unused kitchen appliances in order to cover the stains!
I used inexpensive, completely removable, butcher-block-print contact paper to cover the counters. This project involved characteristic attention to detail, to ensure seamless contouring around the sink and counter edges. When I was finished, however, the kitchen had become a source of pleasure, rather than frustration!
P.S. When this tenant's lease was up, the landlord actually requested that the contact paper stay, stating that it improved the value of the rental property!
Steven Cohen is the owner of Streamlined by Steven, a professional organizing company serving Washington, D.C. and parts of Maryland.