If you really want to stop scrubbing your table, invest in a few tablecloths. I personally love Bed Bath & Beyond’s Origin Microfiber Tablecloths. (No, I am not sponsoring them, I really like them!) Spills don’t soak, they just pearl. You can shake that bad boy out, and reuse until it needs a wash, flip on another table cloth and done. The washing machine will do the scrubbing for you. We can easily fit the smallest and cheapest one they offer onto our table so I now have 3 of them (one in medium blue, dark blue, and yellow). Simple and classy.
This is a picture of a basket I recently picked up from my contribution to bountifulbaskets.org. They have the program in my area and lots of others too, so check it out. I make a donation, print the receipt and pick up the goods at the end of the week. As you can see it is a lot of produce.
It does mean that I have to try some new things once in a while. Usually that’s ok. They have a lot of other things you can buy as well like breads, granola, bulk produce, specialty packs, and organic produce. My husband is on the bandwagon because he likes the different fruits they provide and asked me when the next pick up was. This is an easy way to keep healthy food around the house (where you are more likely to eat it).
I have a problem. I do not like to take out the trash in the bathrooms. Why does if fill up so fast? What can we possibly be putting in there that I need to take it out every five days? Ugh.
When my mom visited and saw that I have the same problem with the kitchen trash, she gave me the answer. “Sarah, you need a bigger trash can.” Oh. Wow. Earth to me! Duh!… and so on. Why was I incapable of figuring that out myself? Mom, I love you. I will always need you.
So I say, Dear John Your Wastebasket! If it’s not working for your family any more because you’ve outgrown it, get a bigger one. Maybe you can find ways to make less trash, that is true. But I discovered something about myself, and maybe it’s true for you too. If I try to change my habits all in one day, I don’t get anywhere but frustrated, and I still have to take out the trash! So, let’s work with what we’ve got right now and try to make changes along the way.