Sierra Club
The Green Life  
Daily tips for doing good and living well from Sierra magazine


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For many people, a garage or storage shed is a magnet for clutter: Boxes of old clothes, forgotten toys, and half-empty buckets of toxic goo all converge into a junk pile that would make any mother, especially Mother Nature, shudder. This week's tips feature easy ways to green your garage.

Tip # 1: Put unwanted items back into the cycle.

Some things may have become useless to you but that doesn't mean they're unusable. Instead of sending items to the dark corners of your garage or off to the landfill, put them back into the cycle by donating to a thrift store or a good cause.

Don't forget to document this as you can receive tax benefits from the donation. There are also upcyclers searching for ousted materials for their crafts, such as jeans for bags or books for secret hiding places.

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