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5 Tips for Greening the Closet

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is a good time to think about greening the home. One place that most people overlook when trying to make environmentally friendly choices is the closet. While it may be tucked way and largely out of site, the closet can play an important role in creating an environmentally friendly home. Greening the closet is not only important, but is actually quite easy!

“Our closets hold so much of who we are, from the clothes we wear on a daily basis to the special vintage items we want to preserve,” says Fred Silber of Creative Organization, a New Jersey-based company that has created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly closet organizing products. “Because they tend to hold so much, and such a variety of things, it is important to make sure that it is an area of the home that is not overlooked when trying to live in an environmentally friendly way.”

Here are five tips to keep in mind when greening the closet:

Dangerous Weather to Impact Washington Area

Local forecasters and the National Weather Service are forecasting a significant rainfall event across the Washington D.C. Metro area beginning right now and continuing through tomorrow. Rainfall amounts of over 5 inches are possible in some areas with the vast majority of locations totalling in with 3-5 inches.

All of this rainfall is streaming northward from the south and is already making the afternoon damp in the metro area. Tropical Storm Nicole will handoff some of her energy to another low pressure center that is expected to develop over portions of the east coast. As this second low pressure area develops, copious amounts of rainfall will stream in.

In addition to the rainfall threat, there is a very small chance of isolated tornadoes to the east of the low pressure track. However, this chance is low. Even so, it is a threat that will need to be monitored in case it develops further.

Heavy Rainfall Possible Thursday

With the area drying out after showery conditions for the last few days, another storm system is brewing and could threaten the Washington D.C. Metro area with more rainfall by Thursday.

Current weather model forecasts indicate the potential for some very heavy rainfall in association with a tropical weather system that is currently developing in the Caribbean. This storm system could intensify and stream tropical moisture and rainfall over the area. Most forecasts indicate the potential for greater rainfall that was experienced during the most recent rain event.

Residents should stay tuned for local media and the local weather service office for the latest details and updates. It should be noted that rainfall of the magnitude forecasted COULD cause areas of flooding.

On the positive side, however, more rainfall will provide great relief for the farmers currently being impacted by moderate to severe drought.

Severe Weather Possible Today and Tonight

After some steady rainfall, showers, and even a few tornado warnings earlier, things have quited down across the Washington D.C. Metro area. However, flash flood warnings remain in effect for parts of the region and severe weather remains possible this afternoon into tonight.

Some added spin in the atmosphere could provide the focus for an isolated brief tornado or damaging winds. As of around 1:50pm EDT there were no confirmed reports of tornadoes in any part of the area.

Residents across the entire region should stay tuned to their local media stations as well as the National Weather Service for the latest weather information and alerts.

Meanwhile, this rainfall is extremely beneficial to parts of the area that have been in moderate to severe drought conditions. Farmers rejoice!

Storms will remain possible into the overnight and early tomorrow morning before some improvement in conditions occurs.

Tired of Stink Bugs?

News outlets all over the Mid-Atlantic region have been reporting on the recent invasion of Stink Bugs (also called Shield Bugs). While the creatures are not really harmful to humans, they can destroy crops and plants (not to mention they can be a real annoyance for the average joe.

Especially annoying are the countless stink bugs clinging to thee exterior doors of homes that easily crawl or fly in with ease when the doors are opened. Just how can we rid ourselves of these pests?

Quite a few of the currently available news stories suggest a method known as "exclusion" to deter the little pests from entering the home. However, this doesn't really cover the annoyance of them gaining access via an open door or the annoyance of getting bombarded by them around the outside of your house.

With a little knowledge and some basic equipment, even the average homeowner can rid themselves or at least get some relief from the stink bug invasion.