If you pay a deposit on cans and bottles, do you have a schedule for recycling the cans and retrieving your deposit? I’ve seen bags of cans and bottles piled beside and behind garages or filling storage space beneath interior stairs.
Yes, you might be waiting until you have enough cans to make it worthwhile to return, but, how about planning to return the cans and then setting the change in a special jar or box. At the end of the year, you can see what you’ve collected – and this will take up much less space than the bottles and cans.
If this doesn’t apply to you: Eliminate a snack that you are eating only because you are bored, or you need a break.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.