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The Marie Kondo Method: How to Declutter Your Home Like a Pro

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

No matter how organised you consider yourself to be, the truth is we’re all guilty of hoarding to some degree. Your Achilles’ heel could be clothes, shoes, video games, books or objects with sentimental value. You know what we’re talking about: all the things you just can’t bring yourself to throw away and find “good” reasons not to, like “I love this T-shirt!” or “My first boyfriend gave this to me on our 2 week anniversary 20 years ago”. We’ve all been there!

When it comes to decluttering our homes, we might find ourselves incapable of deciding what to keep and how to organise things, so we give up decluttering all together. Luckily, there are experts like Marie Kondo who can guide us on this hard mission of tidying up our homes.

Let’s have a look at the KonMari method of decluttering that sparked a massive buzz on Netflix a little while ago. Read on to find out how to tidy up your home like a pro!

The KonMari Method

Often the best ideas come from slightly changing an approach that has already been used for ages. This is how the KonMari method was developed by the internationally acclaimed pro-organizer and author Marie Kondo: instead of tackling objects room-by-room, you tackle them by category. This revolutionary idea changed the lifestyle of millions of people who were struggling with hoarding and living in cluttered homes.

The KonMari method isn’t only about organising your things, but also about creating a space that contributes to your mental wellbeing. By using her approach, you can surround yourself with the objects that spark joy instead of objects that cause you stress.

Marie Kondo’s method consists of six rules:

  1. Commit to decluttering: it might sound easy, but this is actually the hardest part. You need to set the clear intention of tidying up your home and finally getting rid of all the things that don’t spark joy (if it’s your first time, you probably have heaps!).
  2. Think about the advantages of tidying up: imagine yourself living in a space that makes you feel at peace, never dreading spring cleaning again, but actually looking forward to it. Considering how tidying up might change your life will keep you motivated through the process.
  3. Throw away anything you don’t want or need first: do a full sweep of your home and throw away all the objects that you know you’re never going to use or want ever again. Sometimes donating these objects might make it easier to let go of them.
  4. Organise by category, not by room: instead of tidying up one room at a time, for example, you focus solely on cleaning out all the clothes you have in the house.
  5. Use the KonMari checklist order: it was created with a specific order in mind, so it’s recommended you stick to it. Check it out below.
  6. Enjoy the process: instead of focusing on the fact that you’re throwing away objects, focus on the fact that you’re making so much room for the objects that make you happy. Having a positive mindset really helps keep you on track and get amazing results.

Are you ready to declutter your home? Here’s the KonMari checklist to help you choose a category to organise.

  1. Clothes: take all your clothing out of its set area and make a big pile. Take each item and ask yourself if you really need it/ if it brings you joy. If not, you know what to do! The rest can be organised by using Marie Kondo’s folding method, which you can find on YouTube.
  2. Books: same as with clothes, make a pile of all the books in your house and decide which ones you really want to keep for further reading.
  3. Papers: cleaning through all the papers like magazines, paperwork, receipts, bills etc. that pile up in any house might not be the most fun task, but it will clear up a LOT of space.
  4. Miscellaneous: these are all the objects that don’t fit in the other categories, including dishware, cosmetics, all the garage stuff (yes, you have to declutter that too!) etc.
  5. Objects with sentimental value: you might have a designated space for these items, but you will find these in other categories as well. Gather all of them and try to find a way to make use of them – you now should have much more space to display a photo of your parents, for example.

The KonMari decluttering method will help you create a better living space for you and your family, so that any object your eyes fall on will spark joy!

Decluttering can leave you with massive piles of items you want to discard, so why not hire a handy skip bin to make things easy? We can help you with skip bins in Fremantle and other SOR suburbs!

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The Future of Household Waste Management

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

One of the more humbling facts about modern life is the fact that, for those with the privilege to live in first world countries, the reality is that our standard of living has never been higher in human history. Our standards of food, medicine, living conditions and even waste management have all improved massively with each new generation. 

But do you know what’s an even better realisation? The fact that our children will no doubt have a quality of life that far exceeds our own. 

So let’s have a friendly look towards the future and find out just what awaits us in the world of modern waste management. 

 

Waste = Energy

The times-are-a-changing and transformation is required for a bold new future, with many waste companies now shifting their focus towards converting waste into biofuel.  Yes, many waste companies hope to turn waste into energy! 

While thermal technologies have seen the biggest growth in the last decade, biological technologies hold great potential and could provide a major breakthrough in the energy sector. 

Thus, a new (and very promising) generation of companies is coming to life. Companies like LanzaTech are starting to use bio-tech to literally eat away biodegradable trash to convert said waste into a form of bio-fuel. Pretty cool, huh?

Another almost sci-fi example is Novozymes, a company that created a solution which converts used cooking oil into biodiesel. Alchemists, eat your heart out! 

 

The Circle of Waste

One of the big things in waste management is the idea that items have a shelf life that means things must be “thrown away” eventually. Even the word implies wastage. Well, that line of thinking is changing rapidly, and items are now being recycled more efficiently than ever before. 

A step up from that is the integration of wider economic systems, with certain initiatives for designers and manufacturers taking effect in the not too distant future across the globe. 

By 2025, we can expect waste management companies to step up and switch from burning and burying waste to returning it as valuable resources to manufacturers. 

Manufacturers themselves will need to “rewire” their process and think of today’s goods as tomorrow’s raw materials, making those initial steps towards a more renewable, long term business model. With this, the quality of the products themselves will change for the better, so that they last longer, are easier to repair and to dismantle. 

This is mostly done, on a more literal level, by closing what’s referred to as “resource loops” in the process of using key materials for goods in the marketplace, seeing through the lifespan of a product from it’s initial usage all the way to its final usage much later. 

This should hopefully create in the next decade or two a complete and harmonious system of circular good use and minimal waste creation. 

 

Consumers and Waste

Here’s undeniable proof that we are spoiled for choice and living a (bit too) plentiful life: half of the food produced on the globe ends up in the bin. The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year! We’re all guilty of wasting food, but how can we change that?

An idea that is becoming more popular is that of implementing smart cards, which would charge consumers for the waste they produce. This might sound a bit harsh, but this sort of measure can change public attitude faster than you can say “food waste”.

It has already been tried and successfully tested in South Korea – residents scan their smart cards, weigh their rubbish and are billed for the corresponding wastage. This would make anyone think twice before chucking those leftovers in the bin!

 

The future is bright if companies and consumers are prepared to take the plunge and commit to a more sustainable future, changing their attitude to rubbish. 

In the meantime, Bonza Bins are here to help you take care of your waste. For skip bins in Fremantle and other South of the River suburbs, get in touch today!

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Recycling 101: The Essential Guide

Posted on Sunday, May 10th, 2020

Everybody knows about recycling, but it seems like fewer people really know the ins and outs of how to do it in detail. With climate change on the rise, however, it seems like now is a more important time than ever to try and bring down our carbon footprint and recycle as much as we can to keep our planet as healthy as possible. 

So, let’s get to it!

First off, let’s cover the basics here. In Australia, most home recyclables can essentially be broken down into one of two categories: 

  • Containers
  • Paper & cardboard

 

Paper and Cardboard:

Items you can recycle that are paper and cardboard usually take the form of one of these listed below:

  • Newspapers and Magazines (remove the staples)
  • Brochures, pamphlets and other ad materials (remove plastic wrap first)
  • Pizza boxes (though remove excess food scraps if present)
  • Envelopes
  • Phone books
  • Cardboard boxes (obviously)

 

Containers:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic food containers
  • Juice and Milk bottles
  • Plastic Soft drink and water bottles
  • Aluminium and steel tins

As a side note, in case the above seems confusing, most items made of certain plastics aluminium, steel and glass can all still be recycled, so don’t immediately go for the waste bin with these items. 

This is also a pretty good segway towards another neat little list we have on stuff that can’t actually be recycled:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Pyrex and crockery
  • Drinking glasses
  • nappies/diapers
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Anything with food scraps
  • Tissue paper and napkins
  • Polystyrene and foam

 

Most of those should honestly be pretty obvious. But we won’t judge if you were taken by surprise by at least one. 

Now, you may be asking yourself, “what about stuff like plastic bags? How do I recycle those? CAN I recycle those?” – Well, there is a pretty basic solution to that. 

Most grocery stores actually will take back plastic bags for recycling purposes, so you can, more often than not, simply hand them over on your next groceries trip. 

For the most part, there are actually a massive number of specialist recycling programs that you can take advantage of that handle everything from soft plastics, tubes and everything in between. 

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4 Tips on How to Best Manage Your Waste When Moving Homes

Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Moving is always an equally exciting and terrifying experience. On one hand, you have the joy and novelty of moving into a new home with new surroundings. 

On the other hand, moving house also means dealing with the massive amount of waste that seems to suddenly multiply the minute you start breaking out the moving boxes. It’s a terrible reality we all have to face when moving, but luckily there is a way to stem the tide of junk and waste from ruining an otherwise pleasant moving experience. 

 

Check that Checklist

Establishing a checklist of everything for moving is going to help massively with your experience. Go room by room and figure out what you need to take and what you don’t. This is going to help keep you organised and make things a lot easier when it comes time to actually unpack all those boxes. Similarly, you’re also going to be able to actually keep track of what you’re doing without getting scattered and distracted every few minutes. (Don’t worry, we’ve all done it. No judgement.)

 

The Early Bird Gets the Hell Out of the House

Start packing early. That sounds super obvious, but the reality is that for most, the idea of moving never really seems to settle in until the moving truck arrives. Get started on your packing a few weeks beforehand and start slowly chipping through your list of stuff until the big moving day arrives. You’ll be ahead of the game with your prep and you’ll be able to suss out what is and what isn’t junk well beforehand, making getting rid it much simpler and quicker. 

 

Make another list

Now, we know we said earlier that you need to make a checklist, and that’s still true, but we’d also recommend running a second list that specifically covers junk. That is going to make double sure that you know exactly what items are in your house that you won’t be taking to your new home and what needs to be thrown away. Once you have that list, it’s going to be a lot easier to figure out how to get rid of everything.

 

Get Your Electronics Organised

One of the biggest barriers to effective waste management is figuring out just what to do with all of those damn batteries and electronics that always seem to multiply when you’re not looking. Whether it’s batteries, cables or old cell phones, the piles of unused electronics always grow and there never seems to be any clear idea on how to get rid of them!

Most of the time, a rubbish removal company will happily take care of this issue for you if you can’t be bothered. However, in the event you’d like to handle it all yourself, then get that e-waste organised and ready in its own separate box and deliver it to your local drop off point, which is usually somewhere near a library or youth centre in your area. 

If you’re unsure, have a look through your local council website to learn where the drop off point for e-waste is located. 

And that’s it! Follow these simple rules and you’ll be well prepared for whatever your house throws at you!

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