Even reusable cleaning cloths that you pop in the washing machine can become thin, grimy, or frayed and make the task of cleaning more difficult.
As for disposable cleaning cloths … including paper towels … did you get caught up in sales and coupons and now you realize you have a year’s worth of supplies tucked into various locations in your home?
Look through your cleaning cabinet and that shelf out in the garage or down the basement where you store paper towel and disposable dust cloths and disinfecting wipes. Gather it all together so you can inventory what you have.
Think about how often you use these items and do a bit of math to see how long it will be before you run out. You don’t have to get rid of anything, (unless you have a year supply and want to share it) but keep these supplies together and make a point of not buying any more until you’ve nearly run out. Tell anyone else in your house who shops that even if the items are on sale, it will still be a waste of money purchasing what you don’t need.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.