21 Practical Ways to Help the Environment

Concerned about the environment but feeling overwhelmed by all the issues out there? Feeling discouraged about how you as an individual can really make a difference? Not to worry. Here, we’ve compiled a short list of easy and practical ways that you can help the environment.

The great thing about these tips is that in most cases you really won’t have to change your lifestyle radically to have an impact on the environment. One thing we do encourage is more reliance on human power in your daily life. We hope that some of these tips will help us move one person at a time towards a society that is more responsible and less reliant on convenience.

For example, things like walking to the grocery store and using a reel mower will reduce air pollution and energy use, while also reducing the time you spend at the gym! Additionally, if you get your kids to follow your example by using human power more, you can do your part to help reduce child obesity and diabetes!

Please note that this is by no means a comprehensive list. In fact, we’re looking for help in expanding these tips with things that have worked for you that don’t appear on the list!

Have you made a simple change in your life that you feel has helped the environment? Do you know of other ways that an average person can move towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle? What are your favorite ways to help the earth? Have you used cool, eco-friendly products you’d like to recommend? Let us know! See the bottom of the page for the comment option. No spammy links please, they will be removed!

In this list are things you can implement both indoors and outdoors to help save the environment. And don’t forget, you can add to the list! Just submit a comment at the end of this page! It’s that easy to share your environmental tips with the rest of the world. Try it out!

1. Prevent energy leaks at home.

Check this out: Did you know that heating and cooling can make up to 50 percent of your energy bill each month? If you heat and cool your home more efficiently by fixing leaks, you’ll save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

Plugging up those energy leaks is simple. Insulating your home will keep your house warmer in the winter and help to cool things off in the summer. Sealing all your ducts can help as well. This Energy Star website will help with simple techniques for sealing your ducts.

Weatherizing your home is also critical. Want to learn how to weatherize to prevent energy leaks? Read more at this U.S. Department of Energy website!

2. Lower your home thermostats!

That’s right, thermostats, plural! Most people have their heater, hot water heater, and refrigerator thermostats set at unnecessary temperatures.

Try this out for a few months: Set your heater at 68 degrees F or lower in the winter and 78 degrees F or higher in the summer. Programmable home thermostats are an even better way to heat and cool your home responsibly.

Next, adjust the temperature on your hot water heater to 140-degrees F or lower if possible. Most people keep the temperature on the hot water heater much higher than they really need. Try it out!

And finally, make sure to use the energy-saving settings on your refrigerator. Better yet, try switching to a more modern, energy saving frig. Look for new refrigerators with the Energy Star label.

What’s with all this Energy Star Business? Check out the U.S. government’s Energy Star program homepage to find out more about how you could be saving money on energy costs and help the environment at the same time. It’s win-win, baby!

3. Switch as many bulbs as possible in your home to compact fluorescent bulbs, or LED bulbs.

Good news! Compact fluorescent bulbs are really going mainstream nowadays, which means they’re cheaper and easier to find than ever. That’s great, because the California Energy Commission reports that lighting can make up to 25 percent of the average home’s electricity consumption. When you switch your incandescent light bulbs to ultra efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, you’ll be making a big difference in your energy use.

A while ago, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration stated that when the average cost of a fluorescent bulb was around $11.00, your energy savings would be around $20.00 for each bulb over a three year period. Now that Walmart and other stores are selling these bulbs at about 2 bucks each, think of the savings you’ll have from switching! Additionally, compact fluorescent bulbs generally last up to seven years each. LED bulbs last even longer, use even less energy, and are finally starting to hit the brightness levels and price points where you can use them throughout the house.

4. Use a low-flow shower head.

You may associate a low-flow showerhead with one that reduces your shower to a frustrating trickle. Thankfully, technologies have improved so that you can enjoy a high pressure shower while saving water at the same time!

Another benefit is that with a low-flow showerhead, you will not only save water, you’ll also save energy! Why? The California Efficiency Partnership says that about 73 percent of the water you use in your shower is hot water, and you use a lot of energy to heat that water for you shower. They go on to say that the use of low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your water heating costs by around to 50 percent! This website has great information about low-flow showerheads and other ways to save water in the bathroom.

5. Compost!

Return your organic waste where it belongs: the soil! Rather than sending banana peels, grass clipping, etc. to the municipal dump, start a compost pile instead. The Environmental Defense Fund says that around 18 percent of the waste an average family in the U.S. produces comes from the yard and garden. If you recycle your yard and garden waste, you’ll reduce the amount of energy used to send this waste to the dump. Add your organic kitchen scraps to your yard waste and you’re significantly decreasing your waste.

Compost also makes your plants stronger and healthier, reducing the need for fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Don’t forget that many cities have municipal composting programs for your yard waste. Need more info about the benefits of compost, how to compost, and what to compost? Check out our guide to garden compost for lots of tips, or get a composter.

6. Use drip irrigation systems in your garden.

Drip irrigation systems, also known as micro-irrigation systems, are designed to deliver water directly to your plants, with minimal waste. According to Colorado State University, drip irrigation systems are around 90 percent efficient, whereas traditional sprinkle systems are only around 50-70 percent efficient. The Colorado State University Extension Service has a great website on the benefits of setting up a drip irrigation system in your garden.

7. Plant trees in your yard and community.

Everyone knows that planting trees can help the environment. Trees sequester (trap) CO2 emissions, minimizing the effects of global warming. They also have many other beneficial effects. Trees cool your home, reducing the energy used for cooling. Trees improve mental health. Trees increase property values. Trees reduce urban runoff and capture dust particles from the air. Trees reduce noise pollution. The list goes on and on!

Need more reasons to plant trees? The U.S. Forest Service has a great page about the benefits of trees. The trees to plant are those native to your area. Why plant native trees? Because native trees use less water, support native wildlife, and are better adapted to your area. You can plant native trees in your yard or if you don’t have a yard, contribute to community tree planting efforts.

8. Go “mostly organic” in your lawn and garden.

Using organic gardening products and techniques is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. You don’t necessarily have to go 100 percent organic either. Try out a few organic pesticides or fertilizers and see what works for you! By going mostly organic in your garden, you’ll help to stimulate beneficial soil organisms, reduce harmful wastewater runoff, and create a healthier place for your pets and children to play.

9. Use a reel or electric lawn mower.

If you have a small yard, consider using a manual push reel mower. Why? Here’s a testimonial from Lars Hundley, one of the writers for this blog:

“People who use gas mowers put up with ear-splitting noise, headache- and nausea-inducing fumes and mechanical problems,” says Mr. Hundley, Chief Gardening Evangelist at Clean Air Gardening. He prefers the serenity and simplicity of old-fashioned reel mowers. “There is a real element of pleasure to using a manual mower,” he says.

Today’s reel mowers are a far cry from the one your grandfather used. “Reel mowers are light, quiet, and virtually maintenance-free,” notes Hundley. The mowers are environmentally friendly, and also better for your grass. “Rotary mowers tear the grass — reel mowers cut grass like scissors, leaving a fine spray of clippings as mulch for your yard,” he explains. They do take some effort, but they aren’t any harder to push than an 80-pound gas mower that isn’t self-propelled.

Reel mowers aren’t necessarily practical for really big lawns, so think about switching that gas mower to a clean, non-polluting electric mower.

Want more information about reel mowers? Here’s is a fun article by the Christian Science Monitor all about the benefits of reel mowers.

10. Replace your single-paned windows with double-pane windows.

This can be an expensive home renovation, but it will make all the difference in the world in terms of saving you energy during the cold winter months. The American Council for Energy Efficiency has a website on selecting the best energy efficient windows for your home. In addition to double panes, energy efficient features to look for on windows include tinted glass coatings, low-emissivity (low-e) coatings, and multiple layers of glazing.

11. Turn off lights and electronic devices when you’re not using them.

We all know it’s important to turn off the lights when you leave a room to save energy. How about turning off your T.V., radio, computer, etc.? We’re not talking about simply turning the off switch. Many electrical appliances continue to use a small amount of energy when turned “off.” This energy will add up over time.

So, we recommend connecting several appliances to one of those surge suppressing power outlet strips that has an on/off switch. When you leave for work in the morning, flip the switch and your devices will be completely turned off. Try that for a few months and see how much energy you save!

12. Fix water leaks in the bathroom, kitchen, landscaping, etc.

You know those tiny leaks you’ve been meaning to fix inside your house and in your landscaping? Guess what? That water loss adds up over time and can cost you big money. Not to mention all that wasted water! Protect our freshwater resources and save money by fixing those leaks! It’s another of many great ways to help the earth.

13. Consider switching to a low-flow toilet.

According to the U.S. Government’s Environmental Protection Agency, about 41% of our indoor water use in the home goes toward flushing the toilet and 33% goes to bathing! Modern low-flush toilets are designed to use water efficiently. Here’s a website that has lots of information on reducing water use with a low-flush toilet and other simples changes in the home.

Want to get extra fancy? Well, the EPA has a new WaterSense label for toilets that use even less water than a standard low-flow toilet. These models are based on extensive studies of fluid dynamics over the last several years, so they work, and they work well.

If you don’t switch to a low-flush toilet, you can also use low-tech methods like putting a brick or a small milk jug in the tank to reduce water use. You can also take this sage advice, “If you pee, leave it be, if you strain, pull the chain!”

14. Use ceiling fans to cool off in the summer.

If you use ceiling fans during hot summer days, you can create a cooling effect similar to “wind chill.” A few ceiling or regular fans strategically placed in your home can reduce the amount of time you spend with the air conditioning on. There are even Energy Star certified ceiling fans out there that use even less energy than typical ceiling fans!

15. Use solar energy to dry your clothes!

Here’s something you can do that is easy, practical, and won’t cost a penny to implement. In fact, it will save you money! No matter where you live, the sun has to come out eventually. When it does, hang your clothes out to dry. If you live where I do, in the Desert Southwest, the sun is almost always shining. Except at night. Ha ha.

So, take advantage of this natural energy to dry your clothes! It may take you 10 extra minutes out of your day to hang up your clothes, but that’s a small price to pay in the long run.

Of course, there are days where drying outdoors on the line is not practical. That’s fine. Use your drier! Don’t feel guilty! However, you should read some of the suggestions on the Energy Star website about washing and drying clothes to make more efficient use out of your drier.

16. Invest in solar energy.

There are many ways to invest in solar energy. Unfortunately, some solar energy products for the home can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and have a payback period of a decade or longer.

However, there are lots of inexpensive solar gadgets out there you can try out. For example, solar-powered landscaping lights can help you reduce how much energy you get from the grid. How about solar cell phone chargers?

If you can afford it and you’re going to be living in the same spot for many years to get the payback, outfit your home with a few solar panels. Additionally, there are many forms of passive solar energy out there as well that can help you take advantage of the sun. See this U.S. Department of Energy website for more information about solar energy, and for rebate information on your particular state.

17. Rethink transportation.

This tip encompasses several different ideas. It involves a lot of thinking, some basic planning, and finally putting your plans into action. Yes, hybrids are great. Yes, biofuels are cool. Yes, using public transportation is important. Yes, you should get out and walk and use your bicycle more often. A bike that fits is much easier to ride.

However, don’t feel bad that you don’t make enough money to buy a fancy hybrid. Don’t feel bad that public transportation sucks in your city (as it does it mine!). Don’t feel bad that you had to take a job with an hour commute to make ends meet!

Just sit and think about a few practical and environmentally friendly ways you can get from one place to another. Can you car pool to work? Can you take a bus when you go to the movie theater? Can you walk or bike to the corner store? Brainstorm and put at least a few of these ideas into action. Even if you don’t buy a hybrid car, walking instead of driving to the grocery store is a great way to help the environment!

18. Use small, efficient devices to cook food.

You love to cook and you’ve got a big fat oven that you use to cook everything. Cool. But consider that toaster ovens, pressure cookers, crock pots, microwaves, and electric grills are efficient and won’t heat up your kitchen in the summer. Less heat, less energy to cool your home. On that note, bake lots of cookies and casseroles in your big fat oven in the winter!

19. Use some Xeriscaping principles in the garden.

You may have heard about Xeriscaping from your friends who live in arid regions of the U.S. However, Xeriscaping is not just for those who live among cactus and sage brush. Xeriscaping simply means that you use water wisely in your garden and landscaping. Some concepts of Xeriscaping are: using efficient irrigation systems, using low-water use plants, reducing turfgrass, and creating thoughtful water-wise garden designs. Texas A&M has a great site about basic Xeriscaping principles.

20. Use some native plants in the garden.

Why grow native plants in your garden and landscaping? First off, native plants are better adapted to your area. This means that they require less maintenance and less water. They are also more resistant to pests and diseases. That translates to water savings and reduced use of pesticides and fertilizers. Additionally, native plants attract native wildlife and native beneficial insects. You don’t have to plant 100 percent natives to make a difference, consider just planting a few.

When you grow native plants, you help blend your landscaping with the native landscapes you find outside of your town or city.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has an excellent program that encourages the use of native plants for home landscaping called Greenacres.

21. Get involved locally!

Sometimes I just have to turn off the T.V. and forget about all the bad news concerning the Earth’s environment I see on a daily basis. It can be too much for one person to handle. When I’m feeling overwhelmed by issues like dying coral reefs, species extinction, etc., I try and look towards what’s happening in my community.

For example, I recently started volunteering at a local organic farm. This is a small operation run by some very devoted people. Agricultural land in my city is unfortunately being quickly eaten up by housing developments. There are all kinds of issues at stake here: losing aquifer recharge zones, additional urban runoff from new developments, gentrification, etc.

So, by helping this group of farmers a few hours a week, I feel like I’m making a difference in my little corner of the world. And I also get a big bag of organic veggies for my efforts! Look for small ways to help the environment in your community!

So, there’s your list of easy and practical ways that you can help the environment.

But wait. There are obviously more than 21 ways to make a difference, right? Of course there are. That’s where you come in!

We want your ideas, your creativity, and your ingenuity. Share with us what you’re doing to help create a more sustainable future!

216 thoughts on “21 Practical Ways to Help the Environment”

  1. hi im snakebite and here are some ways you can help your envermint like when your on a walk in the park and soma one throse some trash on the grown pick it up dont go up to them and ask them can thay pick it up becuses some people are agresef s just pick it up and throw it in the trash.THANKYOU for lisining and rember what i said good by.

  2. helping the environment is great! there are sooo many great reasons to get into it! when your at the beach with friends, bend down and pick some trash up on the beach and then your friend will do the same and so on until the whole beach population is helping! its a chain reaction! more ways to help our planet are:
    -while your shower is heating up, use the cold water on ur plants
    -use aluminum or metal water bottles
    -try to buy more organic foods
    -try not to use products tested on innocent animals
    -raise money and send it to environmental help agencies

  3. our 7th grade class is doing a take action project to help our environment, and my project is on taking care of our oceans and beaches! did u know that there is a HUGE area of water, that is about twice the size of texas, that is alllllllll trash that we have produced. 🙁 its about 90% plastic such as bottles and plastic bags! like i mentioned previously, metal reusable water bottles can help reduce this number. another way to reduce this amount is to bring your own reusable bags while you go to the super market, or regular shopping. and if u want to go alllll the way with doing the little things, then make your OWN reusable bags and sell them to people. then you can donate the money you’ve earned to environmental protection agencies. the little things you do every day can really put a big impact on our planet! think of it this way as more of a motivation: every time you pick up a plastic bag up off the beach, you just saved an animal from choking on it and dying. you have the power to make a difference, so gat some friends, get some ideas and change the world! EVERY PERSON COUNTS AND SO DOES EVERY PIECE OF TRASH!!!!!

  4. Hey! I’m ten years old, and i am in standard four. For the past few weeks we have been doing a topic of pollution;in scohhl we are recycling and like old paint buckets and other reuseable things, we were plant ing plants. Next we were doing, aquariums with bottles.PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE don’t trash our future TRY TO RECYCLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. am a member of CERRO, an NGO that is dedicated to affecting our environment positively in Nigeria.
    For now we are educating kids on the effect of Energy wasting on our immediate environment. right now the Lagos temp has risen by 5 degrees over the past 5yrs.we need your support to educate Nigerians to better utilize energy efficiently. pls send ur comments, ideas and contributions via email

  6. the matter u have given is good but can u write the meanings in brackets of difficult words from which a normal person can understand easily?

  7. yes..it is really good to see in a place where people are cooperating and helping each other just to make sure that their environment is clean,,this website is really interesting…it is very important for th eteenagers espacially young children to look for this site because it can help to realize helping the environment.

  8. I actually have a question. My school language arts class uses a LOT of paper every single day!! like we each (22 kids) get about 2-4 sheets of paper every single day. Would it be more energy efficient to use a projector and project the directions on the smartboard then to hand everyone a piece of paper. The smartboard is kind of like a big touchscreen computer that has pens that you virtually draw on. Would it be better to use more technology and using more energy then to be using SOO much paper?? PPLLEAASSSEEE answer this question for me. This website really helped!

  9. I have always wonder about indoor house plants and its impact, it may be small but its something to think about.

  10. Dear Website Editor,

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  11. Thanx this is really gonna inspire me to start saving the environment it is really dangerous wat might happen one day

  12. It is very hard to go green when you don’t have much to spend. Instead of spending money on stuff I don’t need. I spend my left over money on green projects like a rain barrel, solar panels. You can build a solar panel for half the price of professional ones. You just need some basic DIY skills.

  13. Thanks for this info! I needed help to come up with an idea for a persuasive essay about the environment, and this gave me an idea. Thanks SO much!


    P.S. Poo is my name

  14. hi …I reaLLy nEed help… I want to know if there is a great project that can help my school to make our environment clean? because some of the student do’nt care about our environment…they just throw their waste anywhere….what is the best way that i can do change them as a YOUTH FOR ENVIRONMENT OF SCHOOL ORGANISATION PRESIDENT??
    pls answer my question…

  15. pollution of environment or environment means making d environment foul……so plssssssssssssssssss plssssssssssssss plsssssssssssss m requesting to all citizens to enlighten d people nearby about d danger of d environment pollution n can encourage dem to do d needful in dis respect…….

  16. The Facts by George Cruci

    I read this web site and realize that the people writing their opinions have no clue about what is really needed to fix the environment, and have absolutely never studied the world through their own eyes, but relied on false sources that gave their opinions because they never studied the issues long enough to change there opinion. This is a FACT!
    #1 The contaminants that rest under the water, in the soil are the reason for all of society’s problems. EVERY ISSUE even the man made earth quacks, one side pointing the finger at the other saying who responsible?
    #2 Neglecting our CREATOR! EARTH!

    The thing is we have made many machines that rely on gas that comes from your toilet, all the good dinosaur crap turned to gas and oil. The word OIL is a derivative from the TOILET that was where the word oil comes from. I was a car mechanic as a child and always had oil all over my hands, rub your fingers together and it feels exactly like crap. Ever wipe your ass and coincidentally get it on your fingers. A scientist studies that’s what I do. It was nasty but necessary to learn and get to the truth of things. So stop worrying about using lawnmowers and cars and learn how to contain it properly so we can enjoy life.

    Sorry Al but I have to tell you your half wrong about the green house effect but I will give you partial credit because you came up with the smoke stack scrubbers that helped eliminate heavy smoke that had nothing to do with the green house effect but did reduce smog and it reduced the smell and I congratulate you on that invention. The actual cause of the green house effect is all the contaminated products that are under all the water ways that can be removed properly, and when that is done properly you will notice a big change in society and in Earth and the temperatures will even out making life, more comfortable. I know how to do this!!!!!!! SO if you truly care about the environment as I do; you must be someone who studied Earth and human behavior for at least 30 years because that’s what I did before I give you the Facts.

    The majority of the people have neglected their creator, and contaminated it, and in return it has done the same to us only because what we dish out, so does it to us. We have neglected it, so in return our creator has communicated to us through our own behavior with neglect to our own kind. Every one of us had a part in contaminating our creator just as much as General Electric’s and any other huge company that had an accident, and that did not help the creator either. We need to rebuild properly, NO short cuts or doing things cheaply. Cutting the corners are the reason were in this society that just has become selfish, and only caring about the cost, and not giving any respect, or care for what we all did to our creator because the creator is different, and most don’t understand what it is asking of us because they haven’t had the proper teacher to teach what needs to be done because I was learning for the past 39 years to fix societies problems. I sure could use friends like Al Gore who should be able to understand me, and I hope Al will believe that I am the best teacher because I study before I give Facts. I don’t like giving opinions because opinions are not always 50% Facts from me are 100% always, and I will never give you a fact if I’m 98% sure, only when I know I’m correct. I can’t stop the Earth Quakes are the bombs hidden in some buildings all over the world but we can take care of our creator and eventually when everyone becomes happier and healthier and as long as people respect other cultures there should be the disarming of the bombs, and the stopping of earth quakes.

    When I was 10-12 years old I was with my mother in the subway and when we reached exactly under the TWIN TOWERS I did not feel safe for my mother, and I cried for us to leave, and did not understand what I was feeling ,but it was not good. 20 years later on 9/11, I went home from working at Key Span that day, and studied the tapes of 9/11 for 20hrs or more; those planes were not the reason for the towers to fall. I realized what I felt as a child, was C4 by the hundreds of them. There are probably building’s by the thousands all over the world just like 9/11. I have felt this feeling in a few churches as a child to. I was told that feeling was being close to God, and that was coming from someone that didn’t know anything about explosives on any level. I have been around explosives on small levels, and because of my injury it has helped me learn more about my own surroundings.

    All I can do is offer Facts to you, and help society become a happier, safer society by teaching you how to care, properly for the world, and the societies of all nations ,and help start a company that will restore society’s problems by taking out all the contamination, and using scientists to make products out of what we take out the contaminated soil under our water ways, and what can’t be used will be burned because burning kills all bacteria, germs and chemicals and what is left over from the burning can be used for gardens and other things the scientist and I will think of.

    I’m tired and have to sleep and get ready for college tomorrow. Hope to hear from intelligent responses in agreeing with my facts. There are also more than just taking out the contamination and remember I got over 30 years of facts that can help societies everywhere.

    George Cruci

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  18. i’ll like 2 ask one question…..
    we noe the 3 r’s-> reduce,reuse,recycle.
    my teachear says there are 15 more. can u tell me if it is tue or nor and if true then where can i find the list?
    p.s. i recommended ur website to my teacher n she loved it!

  19. U shudder carpool with your friends and family if u are going to the same place and if that place is nearby don’t use cars or vehicles which use petrol , just go walking or take auto riksha or your cycle…….:) to make your life better<3

  20. Go around your neiborhood and pick up litter. If we litter animals
    such as squirrals, rabbits or birds could eat it! They could die!
    And, try your best on earth hour. 🙂

  21. If a grocery store won’t give you paper bags, and you have to suffer with plastic, reuse them as doggie clean-up bags!

  22. Thank you for the tips, overall they were very helpful. Despite the fact that some of the comments were rather negligent, and completely irrelevant, others had seemingly valid points.

    @The question about “iron-supplements”: I am a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, and because I don’t eat meat/ seafood, I lack the essential protein (specifically iron/B12*) ergo, resulting in my iron deficiency. Simple iron-C supplements, and/or fish oil will suffice. If the deficiency level is grand, I also recommend getting a B12*insulin injection from your local doctor.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me, and I’ll respond asap.


  23. Another possibility is giving eco-friendly gifts. We all give gifts around the holidays so why not give something that will both raise awareness and contribute to a cleaner and more healthy environment! A great site to get started with is ww.rijigreen.com. This is a business that sells only earth-friendly products (mostly bags, totes, and purses). Also, every product is made by survivors of human trafficking, so your gift will affect more than one person!

  24. I read that the simplest, cheapest, easiest way to dramatically help save the environment is to stop eating meat. Can we add that to the list. The amount of land cleared to rear animals for eating and the amount of ocean life killed and ecosystems damaged is simply staggering.

  25. Does it save more energy to wash large loads only a few times or smaller loads a larger amout of time?????

  26. Can a rubber band be recycled? I tie my papers together with rubber bands.

  27. Fill a water bottle up with filtered water from home and take with you instead of buying bottled water. No waste, and saves lots of money! If you like the flavored bottled waters, try adding a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber, or strawberry to your own water bottle. Yum!

  28. Get a scooter for commuting and grocery shopping, you will be surprised by the amount of stuff you can fit.

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