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How to keep a Paperless Kitchen

Posted Mar 03 2010 11:04am 1 Comment
I've lived so long with out paper towels that I had to click on this link to understand what the title meant:

<a href="http://simplemom.net/how-to-create-a-paperless-kitchen/"><span style="font-weight: bold;">How to Create A Paperless Kitchen</span></a>

Paperless is very natural for me. Reading <a href="http://simplemom.net/how-to-create-a-paperless-kitchen/"><span style="font-weight: bold;">this article</span></a> made me realize that it's important to share how I keep my successful, paperless kitchen with others. It's important for all of us to cut down on waste in any way we can.

I don't have babies or dogs so it's much easier for us, two grown ups who really aren't very messy and one 9yo boy (who is naturally messy but certainly not a toddler, if you know what I mean).

The two best tips for a paperless kitchen:

1 <span style="font-weight: bold;">Have </span>an abundant amount of cloth towels of various sizes and absorbency.

2 <span style="font-weight: bold;">Have </span>the towels and napkins in very strategic locations around the house.

3 Encourage everyone to use them. Old habits die hard

The above along with the cooperation of all household members are absolutely necessary for paperless to work.


Here are the stations of the towels:

1 Basket of kitchen towels that sub for paper towels and for drying dishes, storing greens, etc.
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2 Washcloths for the dishes (no disposable sponges, either).
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I buy wash cloths at Big Lots. Usually 3 for a $1 more or less.  They are a great all purpose wash, wipe, dab, dry, dust, polish or use as a tissue or napkin.  I usually have more in the stack than shown in this photo, they are in the dryer now.


3 Basket of cloth napkins by the main eating table within easy reach of at least two people siting at the table.
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These "top shelf" cloths are used as napkins and for smaller drips at the table. For bigger messes there are more hearty towels in the middle basket and "company" napkins in the bottom (you notice there aren't many company napkins). I got ALL of those napkins at thrift stores, usually about 3 for a dollar. I keep my eyes open and buy them when I see pretty ones I like.

4 We don't use paper tissues (kleenex) either and everyone has a little pile of washcloths or hankies by their beds.
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If you need a tissue and you aren't in your bedroom, go ahead and grab a napkin and when you are done with it just put it right in the laundry basket by the washer, thanks. Everyone also has a basket in their room for laundry.

Thanks for reading and please tell me your thoughts on a paperless kitchen! Be sure to read the article I <a href="http://simplemom.net/how-to-create-a-paperless-kitchen/"><span style="font-weight: bold;">linked</span></a> it's got a lot of great tips.
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