I have a thing for table linens. It’s almost as bad as my thing for dishes, but not quite. I have been buying cloth napkins and tablecloths for years. I wait until after holidays to purchase most of them. Sometimes I even use gift cards to purchase them. I never, ever pay full price.
I have a few sets of white ones
I even have a set of cool stripy autumn type napkins
Once in a while, I would find one or two really cool napkins on a 90% clearance and not be able to pass them by. I use those in baskets of rolls or bread
Then, about six months ago, I had an epiphany. Here I was with all of these cloth, reusable napkins and I was buying paper. What was I thinking?! I told the family we were only going to use paper on picnics and camp outs. The conversion took about two weeks. Now, when we need an everyday napkin, we head to the pile next to the fridge.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, however, I realized that I didn’t have enough everyday napkins for us and company. (I have not been able to bring myself to use my nice sets for anything other than dinner parties.) Luckily, Kohls was offering Kohl bucks and I still needed to buy Christmas presents. Armed with a mere $10 in Kohls rewards, I went shopping. I went to the clearance section and didn’t care what pattern I bought. Boys just don’t care what they wipe their spaghetti sauce smeared, bread crumb covered, chocolate candy layered faces on. This is what I bought for an out of pocket cost of 40 cents
I will freely admit that my motivation in converting to cloth was purely monetary, but I feel good saving a few trees along the way. I have even stopped buying paper towels. We have some for emergencies (like cat hairballs) but we only use maybe one roll every 4-6 months.
Has anyone else gone the cloth route?