Posted on February 19, 2009 by
Well, I’ve suddenly gotten very busy. I have to shift my priorities around a bit and reorganize my days to give myself more time to write. So, I thought I’d take a look at what green habits I might need to change or give up in the interest of saving time.
The thing is, there aren’t many. Most of my green habits don’t take extra time. It doesn’t take any more time to wash my hair with a paraben-free shampoo, or use vingar and water in a spray bottle to wash my windows, than it would to use conventional products.
Using laundry detergent that’s safe for our waterways doesn’t take more time either. Wearing “play clothes” and not washing what isn’t dirty already saves me time. I throw rags in the wash with my towels, so using rags instead of paper towels doesn’t take any extra time either.
Right now, I’m using the clothes dryer, since we don’t have a good place to hang clothes inside and the weather outside won’t permit line drying. I have to admit that I’ll probably continue to do this as the weather improves if I’m still busy, because hanging all the clothes out on the line does take more time, and also requires the ability to time my laundry appropriately. Right now, I’m working during the day and doing housework in the evenings. I won’t be able to hang laundry out and maintain this schedule. I will, however, do back to back loads of laundry, and make sure our dryer is well-maintained.
I’ll probably go back to buying our bread from this great little bakery near the grocery store (they even make gluten-free bread!), since baking bread does take time, and handling wheat flour for J’s bread makes me feel kind of cruddy. And I’m going to have to start making more simple meals. Often, I’d start cooking dinner at 4PM, making elaborate dishes that required a lot of prep time. I think we’ll be sticking to rice and beans, salads, gluten-free pizza, and the occasional brinner. It’s funny, how meat-free meals are often the quickest way to go, isn’t it?
And Beth, over at Smart Family Tips just made shopping for personal care items easier, with her list of safer products that can be found in mainstream stores.
How do you cut corners and stay green?