I've been thinking a lot about the environment lately, partly because it's Springtime—one of my most favorite times of year—and partly because Earth Day is tomorrow. I do my best to reduce the impact I (and my family) have on the environment: we cloth diaper, recycle, compost, only have one car and take public transportation as much as possible, we live close enough to a grocery store to walk there—and we actually do...most of the time. We got lucky enough to rent a place that already had high-efficiency appliances installed, so we take advantage of those. Now that it's sunnier out, I've been more intentional about opening the curtains before turning on any lights (I live in the often-cloudy PNW, remember).
Another thing is, I know we run our dryer way more than we need to, and I've begun to see a little bit of wear on some of my diapers from putting them through the dryer (as I used to do almost all the time). This weekend, I asked my partner Jaymz to rig up an outdoor clothesline for us. Since we don't have room for a more traditional long line (strung across the back yard we don't have, for instance), I had dismissed the idea in the past. But then I realized we have plenty of vertical space that is under-utilized, so why not use that?! He even figured out a way to tie the line on so that we didn't have to put any nails in the wood, and we used rope that we already had lying around. This morning, I added an extra loop at the top for the octopus, and now I have a perfect place to sun and dry my diapers in the fresh air.
I've been surprised at how enjoyable it is to stand outside hanging the diapers up on the new clothesline. I can wear Daniel on my back if he's awake, and we both get to bask in the sunlight and enjoy the cool breeze. It's so satisfying to smell the fresh, dry cloth when I take it down bring back in: I didn't know hanging things to dry could be so fun! This feeling of enjoyment has been really inspirational to me—if this feels so good, imagine what making just a few more small changes will feel like!
So, those are a few things that are in the works in my life, aside from my ongoing quest to remove clutter. I'm looking forward to how making these small, seemingly insignificant changes are going to end up impacting my life (and our budget).
What are you going to do this year (or even today!) to make your corner of the Earth a little greener? Do you have any special plans for celebrating Earth Day tomorrow? I'm excited to hear your ideas!