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Moving is generally a stressful event and sometimes the quickest, most convenient option is the most appealing, but it’s important to keep our planet in mind during a move. Here are some tips for an environmentally friendly move:
1. Stock up on boxes- grocery stores will usually give you their old boxes, but check with a store clerk first to ask if there’s a certain time you should stop by. Also, often times you can find free boxes on Craigslist
Fun fact: More than half of a one-ton pine tree is used during an average move! Check that fact and other cools things out here: Save Trees: Recycle Your Moving Boxes Infographic
2. Be picky about your stuffing- Rather than buying packing materials try using newspaper, bags or towels to wrap fragile items,
3. Keep transportation green- – Consider paying a moving company, or renting a U-Haul because taking fewer trips will cause less pollution. Also, moving companies will sometimes provide used boxes and that means you may not have to hunt for them after all.
4. Give the landfill a break- Take inventory of your belongings and figure out what you will take with you, then donate, or recycle what you no longer want or need.
Fun Fact: According to This Green Life each year we throw away an average of 68 pounds’ worth of clothes, per person!
It may feel as if you’re putting things in place by sticking an item in a box or drawer in your hallway closet, but over time clutter accumulates and it can become difficult to find things you need. Here are 4 steps you can take to get your hallway closet back in order!
1. If your magazines are starting to pile up, consider going digital after your annual membership ends. As for the magazine pile you’ve accumulated: spend some time leafing through the pages, take pictures of the content you want to keep and then upload the photos to Pinterest.
2. Sort through your towels and toss out those that you no longer use. You can also turn one-two towels into cleaning rags.
3. Throw away expired medicines and place face creams, along with other beauty products you don’t use in a bag. Some cosmetic companies including, MAC and Origins will give you a free product and/or sample in exchange for your empty product containers so not only are you left with an organized closet, but you’ll also score some nice freebies!
4. Take a look at how many sets of sheets you have and ask yourself, do you really use all of them? Most likely, you use two-four sets, so get rid of the rest. You can donate the sheets that are still in good condition and throw out the rest.
If you didn’t experience the bone-chilling arctic air that swept across part of the country last week consider yourself lucky! It was cold, unbearably cold! Dressing appropriately is absolutely crucial when temperatures are in the single and negative digits. Here are tips for dressing warm from your head to your toes, while maintaining your style:
1. Head: Did your mom ever tell you that heat escapes through your head? Well, that statement isn’t a scientific fact, but according to Richard Ingebretsen, MD, “if you don’t have a hat on, you lose heat through your head, just as you would lose heat through your legs if you were wearing shorts” (WebMD).Therefore, the goal is to cover your entire body.
Additionally, ear lobes along with fingers, toes and the tip of your nose are especially vulnerable to the cold air and you can develop frostbite if you aren’t covered up. Fortunately, there is a plethora of super cute wool hats that can keep both your head and ears well covered. Check out Etsy for some stylish and unique options.
2. Neck (and face): A scarf is absolutely necessary to keep your neck warm and if you’re able to find a large scarf that’s even better because you can also use it to cover your face when the chilly wind and freezing air is too much to bear. What’s great is that there are so many ways to tie a scarf so even if you own just a couple you can try out many different looks!
3. Layer up: It’s possible to wear layers without looking bulky and you don’t want to wear fewer than two layers if the temperature is below freezing. Wear leggings under your pants and a slim fit long sleeve top under your sweater. However, when the temperature goes below zero tights won’t be enough and you should wear thick thermals under your clothes.
4. Invest in a nice coat: Some top-of-the-line coats are quite expensive and if you can’t afford to splurge it’s entirely possible to find an excellent coat for under $200.00, check out some of our favorites here: Affordable Winter Coats.
5. Hands: To avoid frostbitten fingers buy a decent pair of gloves or mittens, but take a look at this guide before you purchase a pair.
6. Feet: Skip over your thin socks and go for a thick wool pair. Try a knee high pair of wool socks for a cute look when paired with boots. Now, onto those boots: Definitely go for water-proof because if you’re feet get wet it doesn’t matter how thick and cozy your socks are. Does it snow where you live? If so, be sure to find a pair that has good grip, otherwise you may find yourself wobbling around and slipping when sidewalks are icy. If it doesn’t snow where you live and staying warm is your only concern look for boots that provide extra insulation. Good boots can be expensive, but here are some options for cute, weatherproof winter boots.
We hope these tips help and tell us, how do you stay warm when it’s freezing outside?