Discarding liquids, and other thoughts
I'm cleaning off a couple of rather disgusting shelves that have held the same cleaning products for years. I use maybe three or four products, and the other bottles have sat there collecting dust (literally!) all this time. So I'm trashing them. I'm reluctant to put anything down the sink, but all these liquids (glass cleaner, kitchen sprays, car and furniture wax, etc.) are making my trash cans awfully heavy. Is there another (environmentally sound) way to dispose of them?
Couple of thoughts I wanted to share: My cleaning/organization thinking over the years has gone through various phases including analysis of my incompetence, analysis of the house's failings (no closets, etc.), and general, all-around self-hate. :-) However, I have distilled all the analyses and recriminations into one three-word mantra: Too Much Stuff. It has really simplified my mission.
I was also thinking that most of us don't feel that we excel at cleaning and organizing, and that affects how we approach it. If I know I'm good at something, I jump into it with some energy and enthusiasm. OTOH, if I'm faced with a mess of my own making, I'm uncertain how to undo it, and I wade in timidly...or I don't wade in at all.