Sheron Cardin's Input...: Changing Colors with Post-it Notes

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Changing Colors with Post-it Notes

I am glued to the TV this weekend watching "Planet Earth" and other shows celebrating Green Day. Our beloved planed is in trouble because of us and we are the only ones who can do anything about it. I have Tivo'd everything I could find. The red light was on last night when I went to bed and on this morning when I woke up. We have come a long way since the first economy car was introduced way back when. 

I am also overwhelmed at how stuck I am to old patterns. I cannot believe that I went to the supermarket yesterday and came home with my groceries in plastic bags again. We have been posting all week here in the rain about what changes to make and bringing my own bags to the market was going to be my big new contribution to my color green. I am stunned how thick headed I am! I completely forgot until I was setting the new plastic bags full of food onto the table.

So...what is it going to take for me? I am posting, commenting, watching, reading, and thinking as green as I can  yet my patterns are still red!

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Just like turning negative thoughts into positive living, I am going to have to employ the same techniques...post-it notes everywhere...on the mirror, on the fridge, on the microwave, on the trash cans, on my car dash, on my computer, and so on...

What I didn't know until this weekend is

  • 20% of carbons released into the atmosphere come from our homes
  • A gallon of gas weighs 3 pounds but turns into 21 pounds of carbon gas when used (3 of those pounds are used to create it and get it into your car)
  • Laptops use 50% less energy than PC's
  • Cutting out eating red meat just once a week will save 840 gallons of water
  • Each American contributes 4.5 pounds of trash per day
  • You cannot recycle paper that is coated with plastic like wax paper, yogurt containers, etc.
  • Junk mail produces 100,000,000 pounds of carbon gas and you can stop them from coming by logging onto greendimes.com
  • The average person uses 2200 napkins a year producing 1 billion pounds of paper waste. (Excluding Jeff Turners kids which use that many a month)
  • Cleaning solutions around the house can kill you. I keep buying them yet I have a complete section dedicated to safe cleaning solutions to make from ordinary products on my web site.
There is so much more to learn and do. I know I am not alone in this rut but for us baby boomers it is going to take a little more effort to change our ways. Post-it until you've done it.

Namaste

Comment balloon 31 commentsSheron Cardin • April 22 2007 10:42AM

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The past week has changed my mind about a lot of things!!!! I have decided to go meatless and LEARN all I can about going GREEN... in a humane way.

http://www.unhappycows.com/dairycows.asp

Posted by Kathy "Kat" over 12 years ago
Hi Kat. I have been reading your comments. Excellent! You have the bug and we all will benefit. The cow post is one of our best. Planet Earth is on all day today on the Discovery Channel. I want to retain as much as possible so I cannot watch it while I am at my desk. It is like going back to school. Happy to have you in the rain forest.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
LOL... thanks for mentioning my kids in such a positive light. We went to In-n-Out again today and made sure all extra napkins wound up in the car :)
Posted by Jeff Turner (RealSatisfied) over 12 years ago
Jeff - I always try to throw you in the mix somewhere. When Oprah's guest said if we would just use one less napkin a day...A DAY...and of course your post popped up like a bingo ball. Sorry. If anyone follows that link, they will be greatly rewarded.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron, I needed a reason to buy a laptop.

I have 5 kids which means LOTS of duplicate notes from school. I tear the papers up into 4 smaller note size sheets and re-use them next to the phone. Yeah, it's small. But everyone's small efforts add up I guess. 

Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 12 years ago
Wow, Sheron, some of those things on the list I didn't know or had even heard of...more to think about.  I have, on the one hand, been using Melaleuca products for years which are not supposed to contain anything unsafe, use the paper bags (which I notice are not always available) and rarely (excuse the pun) eat red meat.  Still lots more to do!  Thank you for a wonderful post.
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Sue - 5 children, blogging, staging? And you find time to tear up paper or is that your therapy = 0...did you see my new paper shredder?

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Carole - neither did I! Oprah says not paper or plastic...use your own canvas bags. I am determined to be one of those 'bag ladies' if it is the last thing I do! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
We're gaining a lot of postive environmental momentum this week with all of the great Green posts. I'm learning a lot as well and hope that some of these ideas will become part of my regular routines. Thanks for the tips!
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 12 years ago
Sheron, I use all of my grocery bags as my future kitchen garbage bags, I figure this is recycling...or is it just being cheap?!
Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 12 years ago
Speaking of Post-It notes, is there a more environmentally-friendly substitute out there?
Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 12 years ago

Sheron,

 

Good information, glad you spent sooo much time learning!

"I cannot believe that I went to the supermarket yesterday and came home with my groceries in plastic bags again"  One of the sources I heard on NPR reported that if you weren't going to use reusable bags, the next best choice actually was plastic. There was less harm to the environment because most paper was recycled in China with their lax environmental laws.

Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 12 years ago

John - me too!

Sue - I just learned that plastic bags do not go into the recycle bin. Gads! And then how responsible it is to put our wet garbage into a plastic bag? There has got to be a better way!  I am serious about starting a compost pile. I have to find that beautiful copper urn that sits on the counter top. If you have seen something like that, let me know.

Maureen - really good question. Maybe use pencil and re-use? I will give that a try first. Sound good?

Gary - Thanks for the back up plan. 

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron-

 My grocery store here in Tampa DOES recycle their plastic bags (Publix). They have bins at the front of the store to collect them.  Maybe you could mention that to your store to see if they would consider implementing that where you are. 

 

Posted by Lori Hakeem Oxley (Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Lori - I am ashamed to say they do and I have been walking right past it for years. I have bags in my car now. I am my own worst enemy...

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Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

I don't think that you cn get paper bags any longer. A few years back you had a choice, but today they only offer plastic, at least in my neck of the woods.

Phyllis Pafumi 

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) over 12 years ago
my market is still passing out Christmas printed bags with handles. thanks for stopping by Phyllis...I see you have hit a few of my posts...like the serial commenter. I am tracking you!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Just recycling around my house I have cut my waste in half! I try to make trips to recycle when I am running other errands. Some of the little things really ad up.
Posted by Colorado Springs Real Estate over 12 years ago

Dan - that is so true! My garbage can used to fill up and spill over until we got the 3 bin system...now it is just the recycle bin that is spilling over and just 2 bags a week in the garbage bin. I am going to solve that problem soon with a compost pile and a really good looking copper can for my kitchen.

Copper indoor compost bin

Pretty cool, huh! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron,
Some fantastic points here. Some I am doing, some I need to start. On a side note, Planet Earth is some of the most riveting television ever created.
Posted by Eric Carlsen (The Scene Lab) over 12 years ago
Eric - I Tivo'd Planet Earth and get so overwhelmed I can only watch it in bits and pieces. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron,
Sorry to take up all your commenting space...but in response to your last comment, Tivo has been a real time saver for our family.  Set it up and watch when you have the time, what's not to love?

Take Care,

Eric
Posted by Eric Carlsen (The Scene Lab) over 12 years ago
Eric - all I have is time and space so don't let that stop you and as far as Tivo goes...I don't know if I ever lived without it! NO MORE COMMERCIALS :)
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron,  I think we are all guilty of not seeing the bins at the store.

 Phyllis, I was at the grocery store and asked about the paper bags...they have them "stashed" where you don't really see them.  I don't like them because many times they come with "bug eggs" - YUCK!!

Has anyone used "Method" brand cleaners?  I purchased some yesterday at Target - supposed to be good for the environment.  A little more expensive than the popular brands, but "green" and little or no fumes!  Yeah!!

 

Posted by Lori Hakeem Oxley (Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Hi Lori - BUGS? So not going to go there...I trust you...now the old paper bags are going into the compost pile. As far a cleaning solutions, I am using the items I listed above from now on just because they work and they are cheap and have multiple uses but thanks for the info on Method. Shaklee is another.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Method works great & my compost pile is about 20 feet long- 10 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Gotta love those horses ( hopefully Terry isn't reading this)
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 12 years ago
Kathleen - you are my idol! I have never heard of a pile that large...I don't know anyone who has a compost pile for that matter...I am a city girl, but someone has to be the first in my sphere. Don't have horses anymore and don't have any flies either...yippee! So now I know who to go to when I get confused...do you mind?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Silverfish LOVE paper, so it makes sense that they would be in paper bags.  I've also heard of roach eggs.  YUCK!
Posted by Lori Hakeem Oxley (Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hey - I thought I was the ecologist on this blog?  Kidding of course (and I just started)...I honestly am dealing so little with the facts of the dynamics of modern life and rather, looking for rare species, old growth forests, rare natural areas, etc. that the reminder is well-needed - thanks!  We're in a very lucky position of having a monster garden (we grow nearly all our food), work out of our house (no commute).  We've nealry stopped recycling though...however, thats mostly because we've swtiched to re-fillable products @ any of the 5 or 6 local stores that carry such so there's really very little to recycle now. Its great!

Posted by Kevin Caldwell over 12 years ago

Hey Kevin - you didn't sign in. I will look for you in Search to see where you live. I sounds wonderful. You really need to LOVE the one you are with to enjoy that lifestyle. Sometimes my only time getting out of the house is to go to the market so don't want to give that one up yet. Glad you stopped by.

Lori - I am really grossed out too. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Yes, I agree with green. It can only help our world. We need more awareness. Great Post.
Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 12 years ago
Whoa, kinda dropped the ball here Frank...sorry about that. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. I was disappointed with the Live Earth concert...I agree with some of the critics that the money used to put the concert on could have been put to better use. 
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago

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