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The great biannual clothing storage swap

In many ways, modern green living is very different depending on where you live. In this installment of our Town & Country series, Katherine and Margaret discuss one thing that is almost exactly the same.

Katherine: "The easiest way to organize your stuff is to get rid of most of it."

Twice a year, I swap out all the clothes in my dresser and miniscule closet to make room for the next season’s items. The cool summer clothes get folded and tucked away in a shallow bin that fits under my bed, and out come the cozy, warm winter clothes and heavy socks that I’ll need during the upcoming cold months. The reverse process happens in the spring.

Living in a small house forces me to be a lot more organized with clothes than if I had a large walk-in closet in which to store everything. Instead, all my clothes must fit within a five-drawer dresser, or vie for space in the tiny, slanted-ceiling closet that my husband’s shirts and sweaters also occupy. And because the seasons and temperatures are so extreme here in Ontario, Canada, it doesn’t make sense to waste valuable space on items that can only be used for a few months out of the year.

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Photo: Pine forest looks like the setting for a fairytale

This pine forest grows in Denmark. “In the particularly clear sunshine of this day, the pine formed a roof over an ever so gently lit forest hall. The effect was absolutely delightful and fairytale-like,” Photographer Asbjørn Lund writes.

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Artist's Future Library conserves trees for book to be printed in year 2114

Since the recent introduction of e-books, many have been heralding the death of the paper book. As the world becomes increasingly digitized and therefore dematerialized, tangible things like books seem like throwbacks to another era that seems wasteful, printing millions of books entirely on paper.

However, paper books are still hugely popular and will probably remain so for some time. In an effort to make the connection between paper books and forest conservation, Scottish artist Katie Paterson has launched Future Library, a project where 1,000 trees will be planted and harvested in 100 years, to create a book that will be published only in 2114. Authors like Canadian Margaret Atwood will be chosen every year to create new writings that will be held in trust and printed only in 100 years, as a kind of precious time capsule to demonstrate to future citizens the significance of the printed word.

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These 1,000 spruce trees will be planted in Nordmarka, Norway, and will be maintained by the Future Library Trust. Works from authors chosen to contribute to the anthology will be unpublished until 2114, and only then will trees from this protected grove be transformed...

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