I love the idea of never throwing something away again. I already do this with coffee grounds, and I recycle as best I can. (I live in an apartment so sometimes recycling isn’t an option. Gasp. I know.) It is a dream of mine to accomplish this. (Although I still plan on using sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, and bathroom products. I live in a house of boys people.)
Here is the grand master list of what I have and want to accomplish to do my part in being green:
Cloth grocery bags
Cloth produce bags
Cloth or paper dry goods bags
Cloth paper towels
Cloth bread bag
Cloth gift wrapping
Buy local meats, eggs, and produce
Make my own bread
Bake own sweets (cookies, brownies, cakes, etc)
Make own ice cream and pop-cycles using real fruit
Leftovers in all glass/metal containers like mason jars
Can own food
Make own condiments
Grow own herbs, spices, and misc
Magazines online only
Old clothes to dusting and cleaning rags
Make own laundry detergent
Reusable coffee cups
Reusable water bottles
And many more to come. I’m crossing off the ones that we already do, or that I’ve successfully implemented into life for at least a month (the time it takes to build a habit, right?)
But I love cooking! I feel as though cooking is a tangible way to show my family love, so every time that I don’t to provide a great meal for them -a truly ground breaking fabulous meal- I feel as though I’ve failed in my role as mom. Now I know that’s bologna and cheese to set myself up that way, but I feel as though I can get close to perfection with a meal plan.
So the dreaded meal plan. There isn’t exactly a book on how to do this thing. No pamphlet on how to make your recipes into shopping lists, nor a novel on how to not cook the same three easy things over and over. I had a problem. I was going to the store at least four times a week, sometimes every day, and that’s just not gas efficient! I also missed out on opportunities to buy in bulk and to make meals that were not the same idea but in a different pot. (Too many Mexican dishes).
This was my solution after reading what other women have done: Monthly Meal Planning.
Que the angels singing! I think I found a way that I can not think about meals for a month, but also have great meals every night!
Today is February 2nd and I’m about to leave for the grocery store to give it a try. I’ll let you know my progress on this! DIY coming soon!