Favorite Sustainable and Reusable Household Products

I still see her wringing out paper towels to dry out for another use. I see her washing Ziplock bags to use again. She didn’t use her dishwasher for more than storage and washed her dishes while using minimal water. My grandma grew up in Poland and saw the horrors of war. As she grew older, those troubled years left a permanent imprint on her heart and influenced her daily routines.

I use to think she was being ridiculous, but she was stewarding what she had well. She wasn’t wasteful. In fact, she was resourceful. She passed this down to my mom and now, I find myself seeking out ways to steward what I have well for the sake of Creation.

I love what my friend, Rachel wrote on the topic. You can read about it here and find more resources.

So, what am I doing to create less waste from the Storvik household? I swamped paper towels for these reusable ones. I already didn’t use paper towels regularly, I opted for microfiber towels for cleaning and wiping up spills. I do have one roll of disposable towels for when my babies are sick and puking!! I just toss that out.

I was also getting sick of buying sponges for dish washing. I felt like I was tossing them out more often, so I found these washable dish scrubbies and they have been the best! I purchased eight right away so I can toss them in the wash as needed.

More favorite sustainable and reusable products:

As a small business owner, I included links to Amazon, but I shop local shops here in Denver for some of these items. I’d love for you to seek out local shops selling sustainable and reusable products first. Now, tell me some of your favorite prodcuts that you’re using?

with joy,

Aneta

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Christmas Traditions: Simple Ways to Give with Joy

A few years back, my husband and I decided that every Christmas (and celebration) would include a card written to each other. I look forward to opening and reading the words Steve shares with each card he writes to me. It’s the greatest gift and we wanted to share the gift of a handwritten note with others.

On both sides of our family, we do a secret gift exchange. Steve shops for his two people and I shop for mine. We wrap them and put a card on top penned with words of affirmation, things we see in them and a prayer/hope for the new year. It’s a simple way to add even more intention and thought to their gift.

As much as I love receiving the gift of a card, I love writing them. Creating these simple, meaningful Christmas traditions slow us down and have us counting our blessings.

More tips for pretty, meaningful presents:
1. Write a card sharing words of affirmation, a hope or prayer for the new year or thanking them for their friendship. Download GWJ's free mini cards here.

2. Tie a keychain to the ribbon or wrap your favorite pencils. 

3. Tie an ornament to the ribbon. 

4. Wrap your gift in fabric (perfect for the crafter in your life).

5. Tape a photo to the gift. Find a photo of them with you and include a note on the back. 


Find these ideas and more here

with joy,

Aneta

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