June 24, 2008

The Aftermath

This weekend, though we had friends in town (more on that later), Nick and I managed to get a few things done. We had a very large and broken TV sitting behind the couch (for a year) - that's been recycled. There were two large piles for the Goodwill - delivered to the donation bin. The last big project on my list started here:

Yes, it all started with my recent wedding. Gifts started rolling in back in February or March, sometimes every day! There weren't many at the wedding, most were delivered. This left me with quite a lot of box recycling and worst of all - MASSES of packing peanuts. It took weeks to get them consolidated into 3 gigantic boxes. Those boxes have been sitting in the living room since before the wedding. Well, the solution came to me via a customer. She came by to pick up her order and suggested giving those peanuts to a shipping store. I just about lost my mind with excitement, and it's exactly what I did.

I called my local Mailboxes Etc. & asked the dude (he was a total "dude") on the phone if I could donate packing peanuts and he replied, "yep". So now that's done too. My living room is now twice the size and I can sleep at night knowing I didn't throw away 8 tons of polystyrene. Sweet!

Other places that might help keep packing materials out of the landfill:
-The UPS Store
-PostNet
-FedEx/Kinko's
-More info on recycling polystyrene packing material - including the bulky stuff.

8 comments:

Nutsy Coco said...

Doesn't it feel so great to get stuff like that accomplished?!

Christina said...

You did get a lot accomplished! I wish someone would come over and get all my unpacking and laundry accomplished. :)

LeeAnn said...

Can't you just breathe easier now?! I know when my environment is in order all is well in the world. :) And that's good to know about the packing peanuts. I wish companies would use the cornstarch peanuts more often. Then would would only need to drop them in your bath tub and turn on the water. They will dissolve before your very eyes.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Oh yeah--it is good to get things cleaned up and out of the way!! What a great idea to donate them peanuts to the packaging store! My daughter and I were discussing recycle ideas one day and one that she thought of was to keep a big barrel at the post office so people who need to get rid of some packing peanuts can leave them and people who need some can take some. I thought it was a brilliant idea (yes, my children are geniuses, LOL!)
Smiles, Karen

Heidijayhawk said...

what a grand idea! thanks for he head's up!

Shannon said...

Nothing feels better than to mark things off your "to do list"! Another thing to do with packing peanuts is to put them into planters. It helps them to not be so heavy.

~wenhether~ said...

OMG, we always have a ton of them too! Thanks for the idea to get rid of them!!
Live laugh LOVE,
Heather

dawnkristine said...

I have been "tackling" my list all week and I feel so "whew" when I finish something. Good for you!