Happy New Year! There is just something about a new year, isn’t there? The dreams, the goals, the possibilities. Wondering what this year will bring, and looking back at how far we’ve come and how much has happened over the past year. I love the freshness and new beginnings that a new year brings, but I also know that somehow it doesn’t seem to last very long before things kind of slide back to the way they were before.
Baby steps, small changes; whether making a new year’s resolution, or just trying to make changes throughout the year, you know that you will always make progress when you take baby steps and don’t try to take on more than you can handle at a time.
That’s what the Simple Steps Series is for! The first Monday of the month we look at a small and simple step we can take, or change we can make, that will save us money and save the earth at the same time.
One of my themes for this month at Live Renewed is decreasing our disposables. So today, our Simple Step is a really easy one, but one that can help you to decrease the amount of disposables you use.
This month Simple Step is to move your paper towels to somewhere inaccessible.
Yes, that’s right, somewhere inaccessible. The idea is, if you move your paper towels to somewhere inaccessible and you move your cloth wipes and rags to somewhere more accessible, then you will be less likely to automatically reach for your disposable paper towels, and more likely to reach for your reusable cloths and this will help to form a habit of using reusable instead of disposable products.
When I was first starting to cut back on my paper towel use, to move toward going paperless in our kitchen and around the house, I moved my paper towels from the kitchen counter next to the sink, to a shelf in the laundry room, which was just off the kitchen. And then I moved my kitchen cloth, that I wanted to start using more regularly, to an accessible drawer.
So, when I needed something to wipe down the counters, or clean up a spill, it was easier for me to reach into my drawer and pull out a cloth, then it was to go into the laundry room and get a paper towel off the shelf. It was an easy way to wean myself off of using paper towels for everything around the kitchen.
If you already use cloth instead of paper towels, you can, of course, apply this idea to something else disposable around your house that you’ve been trying to move away from using, it can help you to come up with a reusable alternative and make a habit of using it.
Take the simple step to move your paper towels to somewhere inaccessible, and your kitchen cloth somewhere easy to access to start making the change toward using fewer (or none at all!) paper towels.
How do you plan to make simple changes to use fewer paper towels, or other disposable products, around the house!
Just in time (no pun intended) for the New Year, the great ebook Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews is on sale this week. Normally $12, it’s just $7 until January 7th with the code CLEANSLATE.
Over the break, my sisters and I went through Tell Your Time together, writing down and sharing our roles, our description of our roles, our activities and our schedules. It was fun to do it together, but also made us feel ready to tackle our schedules and make the most of our time in this new year.
If you’ve been thinking about being more productive, getting more out of your time, and setting up a schedule that works for you, this ebook will help you do all those things. It’s a quick and easy ready, but the printable charts help you to work through all of the information and make it applicable to your life. Download Tell Your Time today!
Also, thanks for sticking with me during my time away from my blog for the holidays. I had a great visit with my family up in Michigan, and actually, as of right now, my dad is doing better. When we visited the weekend before Christmas he was having pretty bad side effects from the chemo treatment he had earlier in the week that made him feel and seem much worse than he actually is. He has still decided not to continue with any further treatment and has entered hospice, but he most likely has a few more weeks left here with us than we previously thought. Thanks so much for all of your kind words of support and prayers.
I’m so excited for what this year is going to bring for this blog, and so thankful that you have joined me on this journey toward living green and living frugally. Please consider subscribing to e-mail updates, or in a reader, to be sure you don’t miss a single post. You can also connect with me on Twitter and Facebook!