Going paperless hasn't turned out to be very hard at all. You just have to replace your general disposable paper with permanent things. We aren't getting paper towels anymore. Instead, I have a color-coded washcloth system that makes them obsolete.
- Baby washclothes to clean the girls up after meals and before bedtime, washing hands and faces.
- White washclothes to wash my face every morning/evening instead of using disposable makeup removing clothes or cotton balls.
- Striped dish washclothes and towels for the kitchen (obviously) and cleaning the table after meals.
- Pink waschlothes for cleaning the bathroom.
- Orange washclothes for dusting, windows and other little household messes.
- Blue washclothes are for cleaning the floor.
We have also decided not to buy paper plates anymore. We use regular dinner plates if just a few people are coming over. And if there is going to be a party we have thin, plastic, reusable plates from CostCo. They take up much less space than regular plates but can be hand-washed and reused.
Reducing paper waste is much less expensive, and in the long run, more convenient than constantly running out of paper towels or plates. We still use paper napkins at dinner time, but at least they are compostable along with any leftovers from the meal.
So that's what we're up to lately... Happy Saturday!