RethinkWaste: Recycle. Toss. Fold. Tidy.

Many of us have been engaged in the KonMari Method at home this season in the hopes to spark some joy. If you don’t know what we’re speaking about, it’s the minimalism-inspired approach to tackling your stuff category-by-category rather than room-by-room that has taken the nation by storm. Read the how-to below! Don’t forget to recycle responsibly in San Mateo, find the latest at our County recycling center and where to drop stuff off below.

There are six basic rules to get started in your your condo, apartment or new home today:

Commit yourself to tidying up.
Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.
Tidy by category, not location.
Follow the right order.
Ask yourself it it sparks joy.

And five categories to tackle:

Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items)
Sentimental Items

Now what to do with your recyclables? San Mateo County’s Shoreway Public Recycling Center (PRC) reopened Monday, August 3rd – 2020!

The PRC resumed regular business hours to serve as a free residential drop off location for a variety of items including, electronic waste, cooking oil, fluorescent lights, batteries, used motor oil and filters, and excess cardboard. A full list of accepted materials can be found at:

Public Recycling Center regular business hours: Monday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All site employees and visitors will be required to wear a face covering and observe all mandated social distancing measures while on site.

Unload some stuff and feel better! If you’re feeling stressed or unmoored, especially during difficult times, meditation is a powerful grounding practice. It’s also one of Marie’s daily self-care rituals.  Get a guided meditation here.


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