Greener Spaces, Cleaner Places — Photo Contest

There’s something about springtime – the sun is beaming, the wind is warm, and you just want to get outside. We’re with you! So let’s do it. Let’s transform our indoor and outdoor spaces with a touch of green.

Send us your before and after photos of the indoor/outdoor area you want to transform. Maybe it’s a garden area where you’ll plant fresh veggies this summer, a deck for family to gather, or an office that needs a zen vibe. We’ll feature your submitted photos on our Facebook page next week and the community will vote for their favorites!

Give away at least 3 items that you’d like to remove from your space. Post them to Yerdle this weekend and include the hashtag #GreenHome.

Participants will get $25 Yerdle dollars and 2 chances to win $250 Yerdle dollars:

Everyone that emails before and after photos will receive $25 Yerdle dollars
Crowd Favorites: The top 3 pics with the most likes on Facebook win $250*
Most Posts: The person who posts the most items that are won** gets $250

Three easy steps:

Choose a space to transform. Be sure to take a “before” picture.
Post at least 3 items on Yerdle and take an “after” photo.
Email your “before” and “after” photos to us at community@yerdle.com by Wednesday May 6th. Be sure to include: 1 “before” and 1 “after” photo, as well as the email you use to log into your Yerdle account.

The deadline to submit photos is Wednesday May 6th. We’ll post all eligible entries to aFacebook photo album Friday May 8th and the community will vote through Sunday 5/10 for their favorite by liking the pics. The winners for Crowd Favorite and Most Posts* awards will be announced on Monday May 11th.

Like the Yerdle Facebook page so you can see the contest contenders! Happy Posting! Please note, participants may not offer others incentives or compensation in exchange for likes. We encourage you to tag yourself in the photo and share it for maximum exposure.

*Items must be posted between 9am PST Saturday and 11:59pm Sunday, May 9th and won** by Sunday the 16th at 11:59pm PST to qualify.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Do I truly need it?

Guest blog by Unshopping Challenger and Yerdle Staff, Dina Beigelman

Guest blog by Unshopping Challenger and Yerdle Staff, Dina Beigelman

This challenge came along at an amazing time for me. I updated my budget in March, vowing to save money and pay off debt, so an April challenge to stick to it and not buy new things was too good to pass up. An entire month where I can’t buy anything new? Perfect! As an employee at Yerdle, I’ve participated in campaigns before, but this one was quite different. It’s one thing to post over a weekend or during a posting party, it is entirely another to dedicate yourself to something for a month. At work, I’m surrounded by inspirational stories from our community every day. I see how Yerdle impacts people’s lives and brings them together, but I never expected this experience to be so profound for me.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had great luck both in sticking to my budget and Yerdling for what I need. What I didn’t expect was to enter into an internal philosophical debate about how I relate to all the things I own. Every day I wake up and look around my apartment at all the stuff in it. My new lens has slowly but surely been focusing in on what I actually need versus what I hold on to just because I don’t question why it’s still around. I think it’s a form of sensory adaptation we all experience: you get used to seeing all the accumulated clutter over time and never really question why it’s there.

I am so thankful for this mental shift. Now I am Yerdling all the items hiding in drawers, in closets and behind furniture, sending them along to new homes where they will actually be used. More than that though, I will be carrying this new insight forward, and next month when I starting buying things again, I’ll think carefully about each purchase and truly know whether or not I need to make it.