RecycleFirst, the most important step is to have a system, an organized area for the recyclables to be stored until you can either put them at the curb for recycling or take them to a recycling center. You don't want to add more chaos to your life by having them thrown here and there. It is best if it is in an area that is close to the kitchen or even in a lower cupboard or in the pantry. There should be one for paper/cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans and glass.
If you don't already receive curbside recycling you can call your county, find out if it is available, what they take and what they don't take.
It is handy to have a weekly schedule for a drop off otherwise your home begins to resemble a recycling center.
I started saving the glass jars from the market to store left overs in. All this plastic is so bad for our health. You can even use them to freeze in, just make sure you don't fill the jar too full because it will break. I also use them to drink out of'; a glass is a glass after all.
Coffee cans can be reused for storing all types of gadgets. You can even decorate the outside of the can to make it look attractive. If you decide to put your large utensils in one, make sure you put the lid on the bottom of the can to prevent rust on the counter.
When you are feeling the urge to buy something, take a look and see if it is something that you can get used. You will save your pocket book and be giving it a good home instead of it ending in the junk yard.
Go through your house and look at what you are ready to let go of. Recycle clothes that you no longer wear to the thrift store or donate them to a women's shelter. I love that we have an animal shelter thrift store just down the street from us. I often take used items that I nolonger need and drop them off. I feel good that someone else will be able to use it and that the money will help the animals.
When you are in the store and feel an urge to make a purchase, ask yourself if you really need it, really want it or if you can really live without it. We often make purchases because something or someone has told us we need it. But do you really? How much stuff do you really need? Is it ever enough? Are you just cluttering the outside of your life so that you can't see the inside? Having too much around can actually stifle your creativity.
The next time you are about to throw something away, ask yourself, is this something that can be recycled or reused in some way? Make the time to put it in the best place possible.
Much love to you on your journey.