Cutting down on plastic

mesh produce bagI was at the grocery store and had run out of my string bags.  At the checkout the plastic bag I used for the apples broke, and they spilled out.  I am now ordering 9 more bags because 3 is just not enough.

I am talking about mesh produce bags. Whole Foods used to sell them, but I haven’t seen them anymore. I have resorted to Amazon, and they have a ton.  Let me tell you, once you use the mesh bags it is REALLY hard to go back.  You help the environment and get yourself some bags that last for years, and they are sturdy.  Just like when you switch to good cloth bags for grocery shopping.  Nothing breaks.  You make less of an environmental impact.  Just remember to keep them in your car.  And that means once your food is stored, you either put the bags back in the car immediately or you put them by your wallet or purse so you bring them to the car the next time you head out. The hardest part about the bags is remembering to keep them in the car.

 

A GOOD Junk Drawer

Junk Drawer

Junk drawers are indispensable  in a well organized kitchen.  They hold the odd stuff that I actually use often.  If you are able to find some great sectional pieces it is incredible helpful. I have one that is actual a drawer on top so I get two levels for half of it so it saves a lot of space, and since they gave me stickers to show what goes where it has been amazing. Everything has it’s place.  You would be hard pressed to screw it up. I have a large junk drawer because that is just how I work. you might need such a big one.

Scissors, a Flathead screw driver and a Phillips screw driver are a must as well as tape and a tape measurer. Yes I have 3. Yes I know that is a lot, but they are all very different. Trust me, they are used all the time.  I even have a small level. It didn’t always ontaine what it does now. It has changed through the years depending on what we are doing, and how many people are in the house.

OH! And a tip. If you family is constantly losing scissors (we do) we now have 5 pairs of scissors. One in the junk drawer, one in with the pens and pencils, one in the kitchen drawer with the utensils and a pair at both desks.  I have never not found a pair of scissors since I gave into this concept.