I'm now settled in our new house in Georgia. Ok, that's a lie. I'm telling myself I'm settled because I'm done being "in transition." And this kitchen, just makes me so happy! An island, a big fridge, a nice pantry, and it's very pretty.
And with the move into this house, I jumped right back into my paper-free kitchen plan. When we moved into our Florida house in early June, I bought one six-pack of paper towels. About a month later, my monthly MightyFix box arrived with a set of Tidy Dish Cloths.
After using these, I felt like I could easily eliminate paper towels for the day-to-day tasks. I wasn't sure how my family would react, but I didn't care! I was going to try this. I began this challenge with one roll of paper towels in my pantry in July of 2017. You know when I reached for that roll of paper towels? Thanksgiving Day, 2017.
I quickly decided this was going to be how we did it, and nothing was going to get in my way.
- A toddler who was learning to feed himself
- Two kids who liked to pour their own milk
- My sporadic and intense freezer cooking ventures
- All of these things were going to be tackled with cloth. Without paper.
And it was fine! It was easy. I put them right above the sink. I purchased some cheap wash cloths from Target and Walmart when I felt I needed more. And when that towel was done, I walked into the laundry room and threw it into the washing machine.
Then I ran out of the paper napkins that I had purchased when we moved in. And I thought, let's try cloth napkins too! I had made a few when I was going through fabric and I had at least two sets of four. So this would be easy.
It wasn't quite as easy to keep up with these, and I took advantage of Joanna Gaines' new line at Target and bought another set of napkins. And now, with several sets of them, we are doing just fine.
Even G has learned to use cloth napkins.
I want to be totally honest, I struggled for quite some time to figure out how to cook bacon, and then properly drain it without paper towels. And then, my eyes were opened by a friend. She cooked her bacon on a cooling rack over a foil-lined pan. The bacon grease than just gathers on the foil and voila! So this is my new technique.
I want to challenge you to remove some paper from your house. Maybe get a set of cute cloth napkins and use those the next time you have people over for dinner. Maybe grab a set of cheap wash cloths for wiping up spills.
Help reduce waste. Teach your kiddos to use them. And feel a little better each time you use them.