To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

One Small Change

Can you guess what my One Small Change is for March? This has been a good challenge for me and I think it’s because there is accountability with those of us who are participating. I mean, really, if I were doing this by myself I probably would have cheated and then what’s the point of the change? I’m still composting all the kitchen scraps, which I hadn’t typically done in the winter. I love using the reusable produce bags, which has led to me hosting an upcoming sewing workshop for women to make their own. That should be fun. This month I’ve decided to not use my dryer. In truth, I read about someone doing this last month and I tried it with a few loads of laundry just to increase the humidity in the house. Michigan is so dry in the winter and any extra moisture helps tremendously. As you can see, the drying rack is located in front of the heat register in the kitchen. Well, you can’t tell it’s my kitchen, but it is. The flow of warm air dries everything quite quickly and since it’s just me in the house most of the time, I don’t mind stepping around the rack.

Wait til you hear what I’ve come up with for April….oh, forget it, I’m so excited I can’t wait to tell you. Yesterday, I called our local Environmental Action Council, WMEAC, and signed up to host a neighborhood rain-barrel workshop. Each participant will be making a rain-barrel at that workshop, which he or she can then take home and install. Haha….talk about one small change. Think about the impact that change will make when I have a whole neighborhood using rain barrels for watering their gardens instead of tapping into the municipal water supply. Plus, it cuts down on storm water run-off flowing into the sewer system. Now that’s a cool change that will last a long time and is incredibly sustainable. Let me know if you want the link for directions to make your own rain barrel.

Have you tried the One Small Change? Is it working for you?

Updated: Here's the link for the WMEAC rain barrel video. There are also instructions for making your own rain barrel on the bottom of the page. Please, please, please let me know if you make one of these. They look so darned easy.


  1. hi! i'm sara from italy. i see your link in the one small change communty.
    i want to share with you these secret :D in italy almost nobody has the dryer. so i'm positive with your challenge, you can do it.

  2. Good for you! And happy you are conquering clothes with me! I'm hoping to do some repurposing with some wool sweaters this weekend. Let's be in touch!

  3. i need to use my dryer less too - good for you! and my gosh with next month's change you will be bettering the whole community. by december - world domination!

  4. i fell off the wagon with my one small change =\
    love the redesign!

  5. lily, awesome on the clothes rack and ooohhhh, tell more about the rain barrel workshop. that is literally written on our list of house projects, but man, i can't do this stuff without mike (or can i?) who is working too many hours right now.
    and your blog? it looks fantastic!

  6. they just mentioned the hanger trick on the today show!

  7. Good for you! i am starting to feel so guilty about using my dryer after reading about everyone hanging laundry to dry...I will get there! Feel free to stop by any time this month and let us know how it is going!

    And..I can't wait to hear how April goes!!