1 Green Thing: Bored? Spend your time ‘going greener’ instead of watching TV

By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

When you are looking for something to do without going outside and want to avoid just lounging about in front of the television, here are a few suggestions. Of course, they are all about “going greener.”

1. Do a closet cleaning. Save that deep cleaning for spring, but in the meantime, really look at those clothes. You may not need the purple jeans from the 1970s. Load the unwanted items into bags or boxes for the nearest thrift store, and stand back and admire how much easier it is to get at your clothes because you finally have room in your closet. Tackle the shoes (let those fringed boots from the 1960s go now), and you will be able to see the bottom of the closet!

2. Sort a few drawers and donate paper scraps to a local school. You know, that gift wrap you will never use and the extra rolls of wallpaper. Now, more than ever, the schools can use your contributions.

3. Dig for those cloth napkins you almost never use. You may even have the napkin rings. Take a note from my friend Tina, who assigns everybody a napkin at the beginning of a week. At the end, she tosses them into the laundry and is proud of the reduction of paper waste. Imagine if we all went back to handkerchiefs. Gosh, do I even own one?

4. Figure out which of your bills you are not already paying online and get accounts established (saves paper). If you are ambitious, call a few of those places sending you endless unsolicited mail and ask to have your name removed from their list. Do the same for the catalogs you do not want. It is OK, of course, to keep receiving a few.

It is easy to be greener!

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.

From the June 8-14, 2011 issue

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