When you have children, you become skilled at finding places to put things. Sure, there’s a toybox in their bedroom. But without fail, toys, video games, stuffed animals and more will find their way to the living room and likely end up on the floor. Ever had an unexpected guest in the middle of a Saturday afternoon mess? It can be a mad scramble trying to find a place to stash all the kids’ junk. Yes, you can make them clean up after themselves, but no matter what you try, there will always be that little pile of stuff you just can’t seem to escape. So what is a style-savvy, green parent to do?
I used to just smile and nod at my husband to hear him talk about how much the trees and nature inspired him. That is, until I sat outside with him one day and just paid attention. No talking, no books, no nothing — just us and nature. And I got it.
There are times when simplicity will win over extravagance. The green movement, at its core, is evidence of that. When applying that to decorating, sometimes we get excited by the flash and frills of the newest products. By no means am I excluding myself from that number. After all, great home products are what Green Your Decor is all about. But sometimes, the simplest road is the right road. We can make profound statements with the style of our home even without bold patterns and bright colors.
I am a huge proponent of eliminating paper waste, and this can be done in a variety of ways. I love the GreenDimes.com service, which effectively ends the stream of junk mail that come to our homes. You can also print on both sides of the paper both at work and at home, and switch to eFax instead of a traditional fax machine. Check your bills online and bank accounts online instead of having them send you paper statements and bills. The list is endless, once you are conscious of it.
I’ve never really been a “cat person” or had one for a pet, but from my limited experience, I know that when they’re not being moody, they like to frolic and play. Of course, noone wants an ugly scratching post or unsightly fuzzy cat tree in the middle of their living room. But this cat tree…well, it is more of an artistic statement.