Thursday, October 25, 2012
31 Days:: Go Paperless
I've read articles on creating a paperless kitchen, and the idea intrigues me. Yes, you have to spend money to save money (by investing in plastic plates, extra rags, cloth napkins, and more). But then again, not having to buy paper plates appeals to me. They always seem so pricey for something we just throw them away!
You don't have to go "hard-core" to go paperless. Pick one place to start and see how it goes.
This past summer, I made a conscious decision to use less paper plates. We still had them in the house, and we still used them occasionally (especially when we had extra kids at lunchtime and when we were camping). But overall, we were using Tupperware microwave luncheon plates and melamine plates (Dora and Lightning McQueen, in case you were wondering) more often than paper plates. This experiment didn't require me to spend any money, because we already had those plates in the house. As well, I run the dishwasher every night anyway, and I fit those five extra plates in with no problem at all.
I don't think my family is at a good age to move to cloth napkins. Maybe when my two- and five-year-olds start using just one napkin at the supper table instead of three, I'll be ready to try it!
I use Ziploc bags in my freezer and when I pack lunches. They are convenient and cheap, but I know that if I invested in more sandwich keepers and small containers, I could cut down on my use of Ziploc. But then again, how many containers do I really have room for? This is something I haven't decided on yet.
And now we come to my beloved paper towels. I use a lot of paper towels, so I know that if I switched over to rags, I'd see a significant savings. I always make excuses like "Where would I put all those rags?" and "Does the extra load of laundry each week negate the savings?" but I know that one of these days, I'm just going to have to try it and see how it goes. If/when I make the switch, I'm hoping to do it like this. A pretty canister on the counter filled with fresh, white rags will sit in place of my paper towel roll. I'll let you know how it goes. Sigh.
Switching to a completely paperless kitchen will definitely save money in the end. Going halfway and doing what you can will save you money too. Something is better than nothing!
Do you have a paperless kitchen? Have you ever thought about moving in that direction? Can I really switch over to cloth napkins when I have a two-year-old in the house? (please say no!)
Looking for more ways to Save Money in the Kitchen? Head over here to read the rest of the articles in this series. I'm not out of ideas yet, so stick with me for a few more days!