Consuming Less- Oprah Told Me To

Also, it’s Earth Day, so you know. I’m timely like that.

It got me thinking about what we already do to consume less:

*We eat at home pretty regularly, mostly because a) money and b) our children are STRANGE and don’t eat most kinds of restaurant food. (NOT EVEN MCDONALDS. WT?). We usually eat our left-overs.

*We bathe the children about every 5 days. When we do bathe them, we throw all three in the tub together. With summer coming, we may have to up the ante on this one (sunscreen, bug spray, DIRT etc), but for now this is often enough.

*David and I don’t shower every day. He’s mostly on an every-other day schedule, and I try to follow suit. However, I maybe skip about every third day.

*We only run the dishwasher when it is so crammed full that not so much as a baby FORK would fit in it. We wash laundry only once a week, and wash big loads. We use cold water for most loads.

*My 5 year olds happily contribute, without my permission, by not flushing the toilet. They are so earthy, um I mean LAZY. Also, this may sound gross, but I promise my bathroom is not stinky because of it, but I don’t flush the toilet during the night. (I usually go 1-3 times after the kids are in bed.)

*We recycle everything we possibly can, and reuse whatever we can.

*I rarely venture out shopping with all three kids, so this naturally cuts back on our consumption. Plus, Target is separated from me by corn fields, so it’s not convenient.

*We use mostly earth friendly cleaning products. We buy refills for things whenever possible, instead of the whole new container. We also simply don’t clean very much, you know, purely for Mother Earth.

*I hate wasting things or having excess of things, so I’m careful about the items I do choose to purchase. I HATE when my mom loads up the kids on a bunch of CRAP that we don’t need. I’m gracious to her, for her thoughtfulness, but I hate it. Bleh!

So that list is shameful, especially after reading Greenstyle Mom lately. I’m feeling like our efforts are inadequate, and that the footprint my family is leaving is too big. We use paper towels and paper napkins, I LOVE MY SWIFFER, we buy individual servings of yogurt and granola bars, etc. Also, taking long hot showers helps me achieve nirvana. Oh, yeah, and there’s those disposable diapers….

So what are you doing that is easy to consume less?